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Nation's food self-sufficiency rate

Instead of setting excessively high targets for food self-sufficiency, maintaining an open trade system and diverse sources of food imports should be the priority for Japan in its quest for ...

Corporate leadership rejuvenation

Hopefully the move to buck the seniority system and appoint younger presidents will help breathe fresh air into the staid corporate culture of major Japanese firms.

Local politics matter

Races for this year’s nationwide series of local elections kicked off with the start of official campaigns last week for ...

Trading personal data

A proposed revision to the law on protecting personal information, already submitted to the Diet, would allow businesses that hold ...

Mar 29, 2015

Letting popular will prevail

Political parties and lawmakers should not put off trying to resolve the vote-value gap between the nation's electoral districts just because recent high court rulings on the matter have been inconclusive.

Mar 28, 2015

Stalking cases up a third year

The number of reported stalking cases rose for the third straight year last year, meaning that an average of more than 60 Japanese women every day are being stalked.

Mar 28, 2015

Disappointing levels of English

The report that high school English-proficiency scores have fallen far short of government goals is additional evidence that the English education system in Japan is still in desperate need of reform.

Mar 27, 2015

Battle looms over Futenma

The standoff over construction of a replacement facility for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma threatens to develop into an all-out legal battle between the Abe administration and Okinawa Prefecture.

Mar 26, 2015

A trilateral summit, maybe

Despite the agreement among Japan, China and South Korea to hold a trilateral summit at the earliest convenient time, it is unrealistic to think the relationship between Japan and the other two will thaw soon.

Mar 26, 2015

Coping with research misconduct

The education and science ministry should not hesitate to revise a government guideline for dealing with research conduct so that it ensures fairness and transparency for the accused during investigations.

Mar 25, 2015

Broadening SDF missions abroad

An outline of a package of security legislation planned by the Abe administration fails to set clear restrictions on the scope of the Self-Defense Forces' overseas missions.

Mar 24, 2015

Wartime slogan should stay buried

The silence of the Abe administration on a the use of the phrase "Hakko Ichiu" by an LDP lawmaker will only serve to raise suspicions about its attitude toward Japan's militaristic past.

Mar 23, 2015

Netanyahu's destructive tactics

The tactics used by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the last days of the campaign alienated many Israelis and antagonized many of the country's international partners. Relations with the U.S. have been especially hard hit.

Mar 22, 2015

To reorganize Osaka or not

A plan to reorganize the city of Osaka into five special districts appears on its way to an unprecedented referendum in which the 2.15 million eligible voters of western Japan's largest city will decide the future of their local administration as well as the ...

Mar 21, 2015

Appalling surgical negligence

Gunma University Hospital's final report on the death of eight patients following laparoscopic liver surgery gives an appalling picture of what happened at the institution.