Editorials Jun 14, 2011

Welfare reform and cost issue

The government's conference on reform of social welfare spending and taxes, chaired by Prime Minister Naoto Kan, proposed on June 2 raising the consumption tax rate from the current 5 percent to 10 percent in phases by fiscal 2015 to secure stable funds for ...

Commentary / World Jul 26, 2009

Pope's dream of heaven on Earth

by Kevin Rafferty

HONG KONG — Of all the criticisms and critiques of the state of the world since the financial crisis that triggered global recession, the most devastating and yet the most profound and constructive came this month from such an unusual and unlikely source that ...

Commentary / World May 16, 2009

Building trust between contentious brothers

by Pavin Chachavalpongpun

SINGAPORE — Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya recently announced that Thailand would facilitate resettlement in third countries for 158 Hmong refugees detained in Nong Khai province. "They are regarded as political- asylum seekers, so they have the right to request resettlement in the United States ...