Lucian Bebchuk, Alma Cohen

For Lucian Bebchuk, Alma Cohen's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Reader Mail Dec 8, 2011

Defense official deserves respect

Regarding the Dec. 2 editorial "Abominable remark over Futenma": Perhaps the comment of the now former Okinawa Defense Bureau chief, Satoshi Tanaka, should be taken with a translation of "screwed over" rather than "raped". In which case his comment would suggest that the Japanese ...

Editorials Nov 27, 2011

Warm Biz warming up

With the relatively successful Super Cool Biz campaign over for the autumn, the next drive for saving energy is already under way. Warm Biz is the latest campaign to save energy after the March disasters in Tohoku left dozens of nuclear reactors offline and ...

Commentary Nov 7, 2011

Wrong timing by the Euro-skeptics

For Britain's Euro-skeptics, the current eurozone crisis has an air of inevitability and opportunity. The crisis validates their view of the single currency as a straitjacket forcing disparate economies into an unworkable union. "We told you so", crow Britain's anti-European politicians, goaded on by their ...

Editorials Oct 18, 2011

Economic trouble in China

The decision of China's sovereign wealth fund to buy shares of four of the country's biggest banks is a warning signal. The move to prop up the plummeting value of those institutions is intended to boost confidence; instead, it has highlighted the many unknowns ...

Editorials Dec 26, 2010

New START to arms control

The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) has won ratification in the U.S. Senate, passing by a 71-26 vote. Ratification is a victory for President Barack Obama, those who seek a world with fewer nuclear threats as well as proponents of a constructive U.S.-Russia ...

Editorials Jun 18, 2010

High achiever back on Earth

Japan's unmanned space probe Hayabusa (peregrine falcon) returned from a seven-year, 6-billion-kilometer trip to the asteroid Itokawa. Although its main body burned up while re-entering Earth's atmosphere, a capsule released from it landed in the desert near Woomera in southern Australia on the night ...

Commentary / World Mar 23, 2010

Redressing incentives for executives to fail

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In a report just filed with the U.S. court that is overseeing the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, a court-appointed examiner described how Lehman's executives made deliberate decisions to pursue an aggressive investment strategy, take on greater risks and substantially increase leverage. Were ...

Commentary May 13, 2008

Argentine economy, public health unraveling

NEW YORK — A recent visit to Argentina brought home the fact that, just four months after her inauguration, President Cristina Kirchner's government is unraveling. The resignation of Martin Lousteau as minister of economy — probably due to a mismanaged dispute with farmers over new ...

Reader Mail May 1, 2008

Don't enjoy 'new look'

I regret to say that I do not enjoy The Japan Times' "new look." I personally feel the paper looks cheaper than it did before, and the font is not as easy to read. Also, I am unsure of how the new look is ...

Editorials Jan 24, 2003

The next BOJ governor

The Bank of Japan's governor, Mr. Masaru Hayami, is to retire in late March when his five-year term expires. At the moment, who will succeed him is a matter of speculation. There is no question, however, that the next governor will face the same ...