Jul 23, 2014

Powerful DPJ members call for new leadership vote

Democratic Party of Japan bigwigs, including former Deputy Prime Minister Katsuya Okada, called Tuesday for an early election for the leadership of the opposition party. At a key party meeting, Okada and former Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa said the current leadership team led by ...

French far-right candidate sentenced to jail over 'monkey' slur

Jul 16, 2014

French far-right candidate sentenced to jail over 'monkey' slur

A former French local election candidate for the far-right National Front (FN) has been sentenced to nine months in prison for comparing the country’s black justice minister to a monkey. The court decision has sparked controversy in France, with anti-discrimination associations welcoming it as ...

Jun 24, 2014

Harassment rife in local assemblies

by Masami Ito

The sexist taunting of a female politician during a session of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly is part of a long-running problem and victims often suffer in silence, some assembly members say.

Jun 17, 2014

A requiem for technocracy

by Robert P. Crease

Now that science's postwar charisma has faded, politicians are debating the safety of genetically modified foods, the hazards of extracting shale oil and gas, and the impact of global warming without regard for scientific evidence — as if the issues were morality plays.

| Apr 19, 2014

Team Abe's alternate-reality Kool-Aid

by Jeff Kingston

Japan’s relations with China and South Korea are in tatters, there has been no progress on dealing with North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, strains with Washington persist, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks are at an impasse, whaling got harpooned and hopes for a deal ...