May 19, 2016

China marks a milestone in silence

Given the scale of the brutalities that were unleashed by the Cultural Revolution and the complicity of almost all Chinese in those events, China's near silence on its 50th anniversary almost makes sense.

May 18, 2016

Economic growth remains fragile

The nation’s economy has escaped a back-to-back quarterly decline, as shown by the preliminary data for the January-March period — which has been closely watched as a possible clue to whether Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will go ahead with the consumption tax hike in ...

May 16, 2016

Kumamoto quakes, one month on

The Kumamoto quakes show that efforts must be stepped up to improve the quake-resistance of houses, hospitals, government facilities and other structures.

May 14, 2016

Shareholders exerting their rights

Japanese companies need to take more heed of their investors, while shareholders need to guide companies forward for the long term and not just worry about short-term gains.

May 13, 2016

Strongman wins in the Philippines

Rodrigo Duterte's election as president of the Philippines is going to make things very interesting for China, the United States, Japan and all the other nations in the region for years to come.

May 11, 2016

Obama's visit to Hiroshima

President Barack Obama's planned visit to Hiroshima will no doubt have symbolic significance. Whether anything more will come of it remains to be seen.

May 10, 2016

The power struggle in Ankara

Ahmet Davutoglu's resignation as Turkey's prime minister signals the beginning of the next phase in President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's efforts to consolidate power.

May 8, 2016

Failure of the Hitomi satellite

The recent failure of the Hitomi satellite to find X-rays from black holes and galaxy clusters represents a devastating fiasco in the history of space science.