Lawrence Repeta

For Lawrence Repeta's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Commentary / World Nov 6, 2009

The human rights outlook and new justice minister

Ever since the historic landslide victory of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) in the Lower House elections, we have wondered how the new government will wield its power. In the area of human rights protection, at least, there is cause to expect dramatic ...

Commentary / World Jun 15, 2002

Defense Agency deals democracy a blow

The mushrooming scandal at Japan's Defense Agency highlights the ongoing struggle between advocates of free speech and government secrecy. The clumsy and duplicitous handling of this affair by the Koizumi administration leaves even the most cynical observers of government speechless. The basic facts are clear. ...