Brexit and Japan

Efforts must be made to stop repercussions of the Brexit vote from turning into the source of another global recession, and Japan should play a major role in them.

The importance of nihonium

Recognition for the Japanese team that created element 113, which they have named nihonium, should remind the government and private ...

Jun 24, 2016

Capital punishment for a minor

Putting someone to death for crimes committed while they are a minor is a very serious business, one that deserves a great deal more study.

Jun 23, 2016

Constitution as a campaign issue

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe repeatedly emphasizes that economy is the foremost issue in the campaign for the July 10 Upper House election — urging voters to choose whether to endorse his bid to go on with Abenomics or return to what he calls “those ...

Jun 21, 2016

Getting tough on Russian cheating

The decision to ban the Russian track and field team from the Olympics was correct. Now it's up to Russia to prove beyond all doubt that it understands the stakes and will adjust its behavior accordingly.

Jun 19, 2016

Settling wartime forced labor suits

Efforts by the private sector to rectify wartime forced labor would certainly contribute to reconciliation between the people of Japan and those in neighboring countries.

Jun 18, 2016

The need for more scholarships

The ruling and opposition parties must follow through on their promises to increase university scholarships and prevent more students from having to take out crippling loans.

Jun 17, 2016

The horror in Orlando

Despite some efforts by Democratic lawmakers, if the past is any precedent the massacre in Florida will have no effect on U.S. gun control laws.

Jun 15, 2016

Masuzoe throws in the towel

The Tokyo governor's resignation may be convenient for the ruling parties, but they still must get to work on closing the loophole in the Political Funds Control Law that led to the scandal.

Jun 14, 2016

Bringing back the crested ibis

The effort to revive the crested ibis on Sado Island serves as a reminder that humans are responsible for the disappearance of many species, but that with the right efforts humans can also save endangered species from extinction.