Editorials Dec 25, 2011

The earthquake year

The year of the earthquake and tsunami is how 2011 will be remembered in Japan. No bounen-kai (forget-the-year party) has passed without thoughts of those who lost so much in the triple earthquake-tsunami-nuclear disaster on or after March 11. The powerful 9.0-magnitude earthquake devastated ...

Editorials Dec 20, 2011

Nuclear crisis far from resolved

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Dec. 16 declared that the stricken reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant have entered the state of "cold shutdown" and that it has been confirmed that the nuclear crisis has "been resolved"(Shusoku ni ...

Editorials Nov 27, 2011

Inspiration from Bhutan

The king and queen of Bhutan were in Japan from Nov. 15 to 20, and they made quite an impression on the Japanese people. Among the heads of state and their wives who have visited Japan in recent years, they probably have left the ...

Editorials Nov 26, 2011

Diet must get down to business

The Diet on Monday enacted the ¥12.1 trillion third supplementary budget for fiscal 2011 to finance reconstruction of the areas affected by the March 11 triple disasters. Bills for securing funds for the budget are expected to pass the Diet on Nov. 30, but ...

Editorials Nov 12, 2011

Age of low-cost flights

It appears that Japan is finally entering the age of low-cost flights. All Nippon Airways has set up a joint venture, Peach Aviation, with a Chinese investment fund and plans to set up another joint venture, AirAsia Japan, with AirAsia of Malaysia, a leading ...