Don't use one of the world's most competitive economies as an argument against it.
For Leonid Bershidsky's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Self-driving vehicles powered by artificial intelligence might not have the same priorities as their human owners.
Autobahn speed limits would reduce carbon emissions and save some lives. They should be rejected anyway.
Resolving a dispute from WWII would require giving up territory, but that would be deeply unpopular in Russia.
Russia's economy has been weakened by sanctions and falling oil prices, and the president's popularity is slipping.
Abe and Putin seem determined to reach a deal on decades-old territorial dispute.
Commentators and politicians see the mixed outcome as evidence that Americans would back Trump for a second term.
His shredding trick demonstrates the street artist's talent for exploring the ways in which people value art.
The Kremlin is having second thoughts about jailing people for silly social media posts it calls "extremist." It wants to look scary, not ridiculous.
The election was a warning to centrists to do more to integrate immigrants.