Jan 9, 2017

Promoting local autonomy

This is the 70th year since the concept of local autonomy was introduced in Japan under the Constitution. Both the national and local governments should be reminded that local autonomy is an important and essential heritage of the postwar political and legal transformation. Serious ...

Jan 8, 2017

Energy policy needs overhaul

Japan’s energy policy is at a crossroads. The government’s basic energy plan revised in 2014 — after the March 2011 triple meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power’s Fukushima No. 1 plant led to the shutdown of most of the nation’s nuclear power reactors — continued ...

Jan 4, 2017

Tel Aviv's choice

Having an uncritical friend in the White House may not lead to the result expected by the Netanyahu government.

Jan 3, 2017

State-sponsored scholarships

The launch of government-sponsored university scholarships for financially challenged students is a meaningful first step, but it needs to be expanded.

Jan 2, 2017

Abenomics four years on

With economic growth remaining fragile and uneven, it's time for the Abe administration to pursue structural reforms more vigorously.

Dec 29, 2016

Hokuriku Shinkansen extension

The ruling coalition's route choice for extending the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line doesn't appear to be the best option from a cost-benefit perspective.

Dec 28, 2016

Beyond Abe's Pearl Harbor visit

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Pearl Harbor serves as a reminder of the need for full reconciliation with Japan's Asian neighbors that suffered from its past aggression and colonial rule.