Editorials Dec 6, 2011

Put the onus on prosecutors

The Kanazawa branch of the Nagoya High Court on Nov. 30 decided in favor of a retrial of a 46-year-old man who served out a seven-year prison term for murdering a 15-year-old junior high school girl in Fukui City in March 1986. No new, ...

Reader Mail Nov 27, 2011

Beware the foreign academics

Regarding the Nov. 22 Zeit Gist article by Nicolas Gattig, "MacArthur, identity theory and Japan's lingering eigo woes": I'm sure that Gattig-sensei receives many murmurs of approval as well as hidden yawns when he makes presentations at Japanese ESL conferences. This same glib message ...

Commentary / World Apr 14, 2010

Obama's new nuclear policy

by Richard Weitz

WASHINGTON — Perhaps never in history have nuclear security, nonproliferation and arms control received the prominence that they are provided by this month's strategic trifecta: the April 6 release of the latest United States Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), the April 8 signing in Prague ...

Commentary / World Mar 23, 2010

Political meddling hurts corporate value

by Lucian Bebchuk

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down limits on the freedom of companies to spend money on political elections. Large, publicly traded companies in other countries also often have a loose rein on their use of corporate resources to influence political ...

Commentary / World Feb 17, 2010

Perilous U.S.-China games

by Kevin Rafferty

BEIJING — Beijing is increasingly playing hardball on every issue that brings it into contact and potential conflict with the rest of the world: democracy in Hong Kong; U.S. arms sales to Taiwan; the visit of the Dalai Lama to the White House; sanctions ...

Commentary Jan 7, 2010

Obama on track in Asia

by Ralph Cossa

With one exception, U.S. relations with East Asian countries are better today than when the Obama administration took office. This is no small accomplishment since the Bush administration left Asia in good shape. Let's look at the exception first. The one relationship that has gotten ...