Turning Obama's words into action

U.S. President Barack Obama's tribute to the 140,000 people who died from the atomic attack on Hiroshima was a symbolic moment, but efforts must be made to turn it into ...

100 years of hubris in Middle East

The infamous Sykes-Picot agreement is a convenient scapegoat for the instability that reigns in the Middle East, but responsibility for the region's tragedy is more diffuse.

May 24, 2016

Abe's promised new policy direction

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's new plan to "promote the dynamic engagement of all citizens" falls short when it comes to specifics on how it will achieve its ambitious goals.

May 22, 2016

U.N. nuclear disarmament talks

Japan's position of calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons while relying on America's nuclear umbrella is contradictory and undermines its persuasive power.

May 20, 2016

Myanmar gets democracy dividend

In recognition of Myanmar's transition toward democracy, the U.S. is lifting some of its economic sanctions against businesses and individuals.

May 19, 2016

China marks a milestone in silence

Given the scale of the brutalities that were unleashed by the Cultural Revolution and the complicity of almost all Chinese in those events, China's near silence on its 50th anniversary almost makes sense.

May 18, 2016

Economic growth remains fragile

The nation’s economy has escaped a back-to-back quarterly decline, as shown by the preliminary data for the January-March period — which has been closely watched as a possible clue to whether Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will go ahead with the consumption tax hike in ...

May 16, 2016

Kumamoto quakes, one month on

The Kumamoto quakes show that efforts must be stepped up to improve the quake-resistance of houses, hospitals, government facilities and other structures.

May 14, 2016

Shareholders exerting their rights

Japanese companies need to take more heed of their investors, while shareholders need to guide companies forward for the long term and not just worry about short-term gains.