Carlos Ghosn's arrest is a reminder that the nation's legal system is designed to coerce confessions, not maintain rule of law.
For Noah Smith's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Spending billions on a huge particle collider won't give us the breakthrough discoveries we need.
Whatever Americans were hoping for when they elected Donald Trump president in 2016, it's a fair bet that it didn't include shoveling billions of dollars of American taxpayer money to foreign companies to build white-elephant factories. But it looks as if that is what's happening ...
Co-winner of the 2018 economics Nobel Prize, Paul Romer shows how new discoveries create a virtuous cycle of growth.
The country still needs to reform its labor market, deal with an aging population and press for gender equality.
Excessive market concentration lets companies take a bigger slice of the pie at the expense of workers.
There are plenty of theories, but no definitive answers.
Elizabeth Warren wants to make companies also consider workers, customers and local communities.
When nothing works, it's time to go try something bold and unconventional.
A new book explores how the country can be a bigger player on the world stage.