Japan has what it takes to serve as an intermediary state on the world's diplomatic stage.
For Ichiro Asahina's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan's gradual approach to welcoming unskilled labor from abroad helps ensure the maintenance of social harmony.
It will be essential for the next LDP president to aggressively promote decentralization, in particular in transferring tax revenue sources to municipalities.
There's a better way to increase tax revenue than raising the consumption tax.
Many steps can be taken to boost the shrinking population.
Lawmakers must place priority on national interests, not partisan politics.
Using more technical methods to ensure transparency in government procedures would be the best solution to prevent another Moritomo scandal.