Voices | OVERHEARD Nov 23, 2013

Local government in action

Young man: Why are you cutting down the maple trees in various places around the park? Elderly man: It's easier to cut them down now than wait and sweep up the leaves after they fall next week. — Yodagawa Kasen Park, Osaka. Overheard by The Japan ...

Editorials Sep 23, 2011

To the brink of worst case

More than six months since the crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant started, people not directly affected by it appear to be gradually losing their acute concern about the crisis. Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan's recent interviews with mass media ...

Editorials Aug 2, 2011

Reform of prosecution

The Supreme Public Prosecutors Office on July 8 announced reform of the special investigation squads, which exist at the district public prosecutors offices in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. The reform was prompted by recent irregular events involving investigators of such squads, which have contributed ...

Editorials Jul 17, 2011

Autumn admissions

Cherry blossoms have long accompanied the start of the school year in Japan, but that may soon change to autumn leaves. The University of Tokyo is looking into the possibility of beginning its school year in the fall rather than spring. If adopted, the ...

Editorials Jun 25, 2010

Priority time for parties

As the campaign for the July 11 Upper House election officially kicked off Thursday, a consumption tax increase has cropped up as the main issue. This is because the ruling Democratic Party of Japan and the No. 1 opposition Liberal Democratic Party call for ...