Reader Mail Sep 29, 2011

Ban this intolerable stock phrase

I hate the phrase "restore the public's trust." It is too much over-cooked gobbledygook and I'd rather eat nails than hear it one more time. Lamenting the threat to, or decline in, the public's trust in politics is one of those stock phrases that ...

Editorials Sep 27, 2011

Health side of tobacco tax

Health and welfare minister Yoko Komiyama on Sept. 9 said that the price of a pack of cigarettes should be raised ¥100 each year to around ¥700 at least and the jurisdiction of tobacco-related administration should be transferred from the Finance Ministry to her ...

Commentary Nov 12, 2009

Re-energizing America's role in trade talks

by Michael Richardson

International trade has been an engine of growth for many Asian countries, enabling them to create jobs and raise living standards faster than in countries elsewhere in the world that were unready to take advantage of surging trade opportunities. In pragmatic Asia, a nation's ...

Editorials Jan 28, 2009

China's ambitious defense plan

China has made public a white paper titled "China's National Defense in 2008." For the first time, China has acknowledged its policy of improving the operational capabilities of its navy on the open seas, although its move in this direction has been obvious in ...

Editorials Feb 29, 2008

Inauspicious success in space

On Feb. 20 the United States destroyed an out-of-control intelligence satellite with a three-stage missile fired from an Aegis cruiser in the Pacific Ocean. For the first time, the U.S. has used a missile from its missile-defense system to destroy a satellite. In January ...