Should “business as usual” continue if liberal, democratic values are threatened?
For Shaun O'dwyer's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Universities have a duty to stand up for them in the name of academic freedom.
Criticism of an organization that presumed to represent former "comfort women" is creating a much-needed opening for public scrutiny of its conduct.
Policymakers must tread a fine line between saving lives and saving livelihoods.
The social ritual of wearing face masks may play a role in sustaining humane sentiments of solidarity, decency and cooperativeness in such crises.
How Japanese supporters worked to secure the freedom of imprisoned Uighur scholar Tohti Tunyaz is a story worth telling.
In Japan, feminist voices have been raised for #MeToo, but they are often barely heard.
The cultural nationalist project to re-imagine whaling as a national culinary culture will likely fail since it appears unlikely that whaling can become a viable commercial enterprise.
Professor Nobu Iwatani's detention in China marked a potential new, dangerous phase in the CCP government's undermining of academic freedoms for its expansive regime security interests.
A monument and a suitable memorialization for Mamoru Shinozaki would communicate a humane message about Japanese remembrance of past injustices, and about its close, peaceful engagement with the rest of Asia in the present.