Editorials Feb 13, 2011

Discovering new authors

The recent media hype over a possible e-book revolution has obscured the real star of the book world — the author — and the continued functioning of the system for discovering new literary talent in Japan, including the competition among new authors for 30-some ...

Reader Mail Oct 9, 2008

Socialized capitalism failing

The underpinning reality is that it isn't capitalism that has failed, but socialism. The reason we had the problem with American mortgage finance giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae is the implicit U.S. government guarantee that it was guaranteeing their debt. If not for ...

Editorials Apr 23, 2007

Civil-service reform falls short

As part of their efforts to reform the civil service, the government and the ruling coalition have agreed on a new system to regulate the future employment of retiring national public servants. In the upcoming Upper House election, the ruling coalition may use this ...