Jul 19, 2015

Encouraging political participation

With the voting age being lowered to 18 next year, young people must be better educated about the role they should play to help keep Japan's democracy healthy.

Jan 30, 2015

Fanatics, charlatans and economics


National chauvinism and religious fundamentalism are here to stay, and with them the terrorism that extremists of all stripes embrace, because both phenomena are ideally suited to the age of the individual, providing imaginary answers to personal angst.

Jul 19, 2013

Promises of reconstruction ring hollow in disaster areas

Masami Minato sees a wide gap between the commitments made by Upper House candidates to promote reconstruction in disaster-hit areas and what she has witnessed on the ground. “Every candidate talks about reconstruction, but local residents are frustrated because little progress has been made,” ...

Jul 18, 2013

Politicians ignore nuclear evacuees

With campaigning for Sunday’s House of Councilors election in full gear, middle-aged and elderly voters who fled Fukushima during the nuclear crisis feel increasingly left out of the loop. Since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, they have spent two years and four months ...

Jul 18, 2013

University students try to fire up young voters

A student group working to get out the youth vote isn’t short of ideas when it comes to grabbing attention, but increasing turnout isn’t proving to be easy. Since its launch in 2008, the group called ivote, made up of around 20 undergraduate and ...