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World News >> Japan

Voters set to deliver verdict on Abe in Lower House election
Voters prepare to go to the polls Sunday as a typhoon threatens to tip the odds in favor of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s conservative ruling ...
10/21/2017 - 06:35 AM


Voting underway in Lower House race; typhoon may aid ruling coalition
Voting began Sunday in Japan’s House of Representatives election, in which the ruling coalition of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to achieve a solid ...
10/21/2017 - 10:04 PM


Identifying the ‘liberal’ in Japanese politics
The current group of conservative public figures in the United States wants to return to an age when certain middle-class values were ascendant, without acknowledging ...
10/21/2017 - 10:04 AM


Magazines hold their own against TV’s ‘iron chefs’
Prior to Japan’s switch-over to full digital TV broadcasting in 2011, a number of industry insiders were already voicing concerns about how the new technology ...
10/21/2017 - 10:00 AM


Lack of automation let Kobe Steel manually manipulate inspection certificate process, official says
Some Kobe Steel Ltd. plants lack systems that automatically input product inspection data from measuring devices to produce inspection certificates, it was learned Saturday.The creation ...
10/21/2017 - 09:55 AM


7-km part of Joban Line reopens in Fukushima
Part of the Joban Line reopens in Fukushima Prefecture as the region continues to recover from the 3/11 mega-quake, tsunami and nuclear disasters.
10/21/2017 - 05:23 AM


Experts call on Japan to promote inclusivity with 2020 Paralympics and bring Asia up to speed
The 2020 Tokyo Paralympics will provide a key opportunity for Japan to promote a more inclusive society, sports experts said at a symposium in Tokyo ...
10/21/2017 - 04:47 AM


Transport ministry developing self-driving snowplows to offset driver shortage
The transport ministry will speed up work to develop snow removal vehicles with self-driving technology so trials can be carried out on expressways starting this ...
10/21/2017 - 04:01 AM


Shibuya preps for Halloween throng with multilingual cops and automated speakers
Polyglot police officers and automated multilingual speakers will be deployed in Shibuya this year to control the growing mob of Halloween revelers converging on Tokyo.
10/21/2017 - 03:40 AM


Japan waters down text of annual anti-nuclear resolution to imply acceptable use of nukes
Under pressure from the U.S., Japan tweaks its annual U.N. resolution against nuclear weapons to imply their use might be acceptable in some cases.
10/21/2017 - 03:34 AM


China’s Communist Party says it is still talking to North Korean side
China’s ruling Communist Party continues to hold talks and maintain contacts with its North Korean counterpart, a senior official said Saturday, describing the two countries ...
10/21/2017 - 01:29 AM


Las Vegas shooting didn’t change Americans’ opinions on gun control, poll indicates
The slaying of five dozen people in Las Vegas did little to change Americans’ opinions about gun laws.The nation is closely divided on whether restricting ...
10/21/2017 - 12:34 AM


North Korea sends nations an open letter of defiance against threats by Trump
Australia’s prime minister on Friday dismissed an extraordinary letter from North Korea to the Australian Parliament and other countries as a “rant” against President Donald ...
10/21/2017 - 12:25 AM


Newest viral craze in China: Virtual clapping for Xi
Ordinary young Chinese may not have paid close attention to Xi Jinping’s 3½-hour speech on Wednesday, but they are happy to “applaud” the president in ...
10/21/2017 - 12:15 AM


Powerful typhoon threatens to drown election turnout
A powerful typhoon is approaching the Japanese archipelago and the stormy conditions it is projected to generate over much of the Pacific coast could lower ...
10/20/2017 - 11:45 PM


Charges, insults fly after Trump aide assails congresswoman over ongoing political squabbling
The White House on Friday rushed to defend chief of staff John Kelly after he mischaracterized the remarks of a Democratic congresswoman and called her ...
10/20/2017 - 11:06 PM


Laundry-folding robot maker will represent Japan at startup competition
A Tokyo-based startup recognized for its laundry-folding robot has gained entry to an international competition for venture firms, and hopes to represent Japan as a ...
10/20/2017 - 10:07 AM


Kobe Steel said employees’ cover-up hampered internal probe on data falsification scandal
Kobe Steel’s data-fabrication scandal deepens after revelations that employees failed to disclose deceptive practices at the troubled metal maker.
10/20/2017 - 09:45 AM


Abdication planners mull March 31, 2019, as potential date for Chrysanthemum Throne handover
The timeline for Emperor Akihito’s abdication becomes clearer as government planners propose the end of fiscal 2018 as one possible date.
10/20/2017 - 06:42 AM


New H7N9 bird flu strain in China has pandemic potential, U.S.-Japanese lab studies find
Lab experiments on a new strain of the H7N9 bird flu suggest the virus can pass easily among animals and can cause lethal disease, raising ...
10/20/2017 - 06:31 AM


Nissan says unauthorized checks continued at four plants
Nissan Motor Co.’s latest revelation that improper quality checks performed by unauthorized staff continued at its factories after initial claims it had resolved the issue ...
10/20/2017 - 06:26 AM


Japan’s Nikkei rises to match longest streak as foreign investors continue buying momentum
Japan’s Nikkei index puts together its longest winning streak since the early 1960s as foreign investors anticipate rosy earnings.
10/20/2017 - 05:58 AM


Typhoon Lan on course to hinder voting as it approaches Okinawa
Turnout for Sunday’s Lower House election looks likely to dip as the 21st typhoon of the season threatens Okinawa.
10/20/2017 - 05:47 AM


80% of students plan to vote when they turn 18: survey
Some 80 percent of students polled say they plan to vote after turning 18, the minimum voting age, according to a private think tank.The survey, ...
10/20/2017 - 05:42 AM


Despite growing presence, foreign residents’ needs treated as accidental election issue
Despite the growing influx of foreign workers and residents in Japan, their perspectives have been largely ignored ahead of Sunday’s Lower House election, according to ...
10/20/2017 - 05:09 AM


Researchers analyze Kuroda’s facial microexpressions to predict central bank policy moves
For decades, economists have tried to guess central bank policy direction by studying subtle changes in official language — now, researchers are finding new clues ...
10/20/2017 - 05:05 AM


Empress Michiko praises ICAN’s Nobel Peace Prize on 83rd birthday
On the occasion of her 83rd birthday Friday, Empress Michiko welcomed the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize this year to the International Campaign to ...
10/20/2017 - 04:57 AM


Anchored by Edano’s underdog charm, CDP turning into formidable force ahead of election
Yukio Edano was the face of Japan during the unprecedented nuclear crisis that hit Fukushima Prefecture in 2011, leading numerous news conferences as the government’s ...
10/20/2017 - 04:56 AM


Seven injured in Kichijoji after elderly driver rams pedestrians near department store
A car rammed a group of pedestrians while exiting a parking lot in the trendy Kichijoji area of western Tokyo on Friday, injuring a 2-year-old ...
10/20/2017 - 04:48 AM


Hanyu earns second-place finish at Cup of Russia
Yuzuru Hanyu settled for second place on Saturday at the Cup of Russia.American Nathan Chen, the silver medalist at last year’s Grand Prix Final behind ...
10/21/2017 - 09:31 AM


Dexter Pittman, Naoki Uto give Grouses a big boost in victory over Hannaryz
Dexter Pittman scored nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and rising star Naoki Uto contributed 28 points and 10 assists as the ...
10/21/2017 - 10:20 AM


Antlers stumble against Marinos, lose grip on title race
Kashima Antlers saw their stranglehold on the J. League title race loosen after a 3-2 defeat to Yokohama F. Marinos on Saturday night.Antlers went into ...
10/21/2017 - 10:17 AM


Nanako Fujita breaks single-season win record for Japan Racing Association female jockeys
Nanako Fujita won her 12th race of the year on Saturday to set the single-season record for most wins by a Japan Racing Association female ...
10/21/2017 - 06:54 AM


Wild Knights hand Sungoliath first league loss in nearly two years
The Panasonic Wild Knights head into the five-week autumn break as the only unbeaten team in the Japan Rugby Top League following a 21-10 win ...
10/21/2017 - 06:20 AM


Nao Kodaira captures eighth national title at 500 meters
Nao Kodaira earned her eighth National Single Distance Championships title in the women’s 500 meters on Saturday, while extending her winning streak at the distance ...
10/21/2017 - 05:17 AM


Hawks go up 3-2 on Eagles
Seiichi Uchikawa and Akira Nakamura homered for the second straight day as the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks moved within reach of the Japan Series by beating ...
10/21/2017 - 05:13 AM


Raiders’ Marshawn Lynch suspended for shoving game official
Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch was suspended for one game without pay by the NFL on Friday for shoving a game official during the ...
10/21/2017 - 04:58 AM


Garbine Muguruza receives top WTA accolade
Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza is the WTA Player of the Year, and U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens has been honored as the Comeback Player of ...
10/21/2017 - 04:58 AM


Durant’s defense sinks Pelicans
Klay Thomspon scored 31 points, Stephen Curry added 28 and the Golden State Warriors easily erased a 15-point first-half deficit en route to a 128-120 ...
10/21/2017 - 04:58 AM


Caps edge Red Wings in OT
Alex Ovechkin’s power-play goal at 1:56 of overtime gave the Washington Capitals a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night.T.J. Oshie forced ...
10/21/2017 - 04:22 AM


Nationals cut Baker loose
Dusty Baker is done as manager of the Washington Nationals after two seasons, two NL East titles and zero playoff series victories.Nationals general manager Mike ...
10/21/2017 - 04:14 AM


Astros top Yanks, force Game 7
Justin Verlander stayed perfect with the Houston Astros when they couldn’t afford anything else.The ace right-hander pitched seven shutout innings and Jose Altuve homered and ...
10/21/2017 - 04:13 AM


Hanyu 2nd after short program
Defending Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu made two mistakes in his jumps Friday to finish second behind rival Nathan Chen in the men’s short program at ...
10/21/2017 - 03:13 AM


Nakamura homer carries Hawks past Eagles as playoff series heats up
Akira Nakamura’s two-run homer broke an eighth-inning tie in the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks’ 7-5 win over the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles on Friday, evening the ...
10/20/2017 - 10:02 AM


Brave Thunders make pair of key defensive plays in last minute to thwart Sunrockers
The Kawasaki Brave Thunders came up with a pair of steals in the final 42 seconds to seal an 85-83 victory over the Sunrockers Shibuya ...
10/20/2017 - 09:30 AM


Blatter announces he’s going to World Cup at Putin’s invitation
Disgraced ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter has told AFP he will attend next year’s World Cup in Russia at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin, despite ...
10/20/2017 - 08:08 AM


Enrique Hernandez blasts three home runs as Dodgers advance to World Series
Enrique “Kike” Hernandez put a Hollywood ending on an LA story three decades in the making.Fueled by a home run trilogy from their emotional utilityman, ...
10/20/2017 - 07:37 AM


Man City’s De Bruyne in a league of his own
To death and taxes as the only certainties in life can, for managers on Planet Football, be added a blunder in the transfer market that ...
10/20/2017 - 07:29 AM


Ryota Murata, Hassan N’Dam ready to rumble in middleweight title rematch
The two fighters used different words and phrases. But their messages were the same: They are ready to box.Ryota Murata, who will challenge champion Hassan ...
10/20/2017 - 05:59 AM


Anthony, George lead Thunder in rout of Knicks
Much has changed about the Thunder. One thing hasn’t — Russell Westbrook still gets triple-doubles.The reigning MVP had 21 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds, ...
10/20/2017 - 05:26 AM


Giroud guides Arsenal past Red Star Belgrade
Olivier Giroud scored late in the second half for Arsenal to maintain its perfect Europa League campaign with a 1-0 win over 10-man Red Star ...
10/20/2017 - 05:12 AM


U.S. pressured IOC to ban Russia from Winter Olympics: Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said the US had put indirect pressure on the IOC to block Russia from the 2018 Winter Games, adding ...
10/20/2017 - 05:06 AM


Kitasan Black to retire after Arima Kinen
Kitasan Black, a five-time Grade One race winner, will retire after the Arima Kinen in December, the stallion’s trainer Hisashi Shimizu said on Friday.“(Kitasan Black’s) ...
10/20/2017 - 05:06 AM


Raiders slip past rival Chiefs in bizarre ending
The Oakland Raiders scored two apparent game-winning touchdowns that didn’t count. The Kansas City Chiefs forced incompletions on back-to-back plays that ended with 0:00 on ...
10/20/2017 - 04:58 AM


Ushering in a new, kinder era for Japan’s zoos
Lack of legal regulation means the worst facilities continue to taint Japan's image abroad.
10/18/2017 - 06:35 AM


Views from Osaka: Will you vote on Sunday? If so, based on what? If not, why not?
Japanese citizens in Kansai's commercial capital were asked whether they plan to cast a ballot in the Oct. 22 Lower House poll — and why ...
10/18/2017 - 06:34 AM


Duck and cover: Regulation by and for the state, through the Japanese people
Bureaucrats rustle up policies that require citizens to do their duty, however irrationally.
10/15/2017 - 06:35 AM


Shine On! works its animal magic on kids facing tough times
Shine On! Kids offers support and encouragement to very ill children and their families around Japan.
10/15/2017 - 06:34 AM


Hangin’ with my buds: ‘Dog-cat’ Nakamun finds a family in Tokyo
First featured here in April, Nakamun now graces the home of the Boldi family from Italy.
10/15/2017 - 06:33 AM


‘Attach the evidence and wait for your day in court,’ says Turkish plaintiff after Osaka victory
Ibrahim Yener discusses the lessons learned from his successful discrimination case against a used car dealership.
10/11/2017 - 06:10 AM


For those living with cancer, a place to talk in Tokyo that’s neither home nor hospital
Maggie's Tokyo opened its doors in October last year, offering a space for cancer patients and their family members and friends to talk.
10/11/2017 - 06:09 AM


A mission to capture the full range of half-Japanese experience — in 192 photos
Tetsuro Miyazaki has the ambitious plan of photographing half-Japanese individuals with one parent from every nation in the world.
10/08/2017 - 04:30 AM


Vow to ‘compete at the Japanese level’ pays off for Oussouby Sacko, Kyoto Seika’s next head
In his rise up the ranks, Malian academic positioned himself as a bridge between Japan and the outside world.
10/08/2017 - 04:29 AM


Matter of circumstance: a toy poodle named Manto
Circumstances led the toy poodle Manto on a sad circular path that has found him at ARK looking for a home.
10/08/2017 - 04:28 AM


Kyoto Seika’s next dean, Oussouby Sacko, was schooled in the violent tumult of ’80s China
Malian architect lived through protests by Chinese students targeting Africans just months before the Tiananmen Square massacre.
10/04/2017 - 06:00 AM


Five-nation crackdown hits half of Japanese-language schools
New rules requiring greater scrutiny of applicants from five countries have landed Japanese-language schools with that little bit more paperwork.
10/04/2017 - 05:59 AM


NS Solutions case is latest battle in long war against sexual harassment
The ruling in the NS Solutions case should say a lot about where Japan stands now on the issue of sexual harassment, nearly three decades ...
10/01/2017 - 05:45 AM


Kumano Kodo guide unfairly singled out
A letter regarding Amy Chavez's Japan Lite column "Blame for 'bad tourists' to Japan lies with the advice they never receive."
10/01/2017 - 05:44 AM


Wanted: A friend for Panjuro the Chihuahua
Panjuro is pint-size but with big, big energy.
10/01/2017 - 05:43 AM


Re-registering property: The lie of the land
According to an article that appeared in the Asahi Shimbun last June, authorities are unsure of the title holders to 4.1 million hectares of land ...
10/01/2017 - 04:20 AM


Surviving sexual assault in Japan, then victimized again
Despite signs of progress, some women still face secondary ordeals at the hands of police after rape and other sexual attacks.
09/27/2017 - 07:40 AM


Pedal power: Bike-sharing services are expanding as domestic and overseas ventures are exploring opportunities in the market
It’s a little past 7:30 a.m. at Shinagawa Station’s bustling Konan Exit. The air is crisp on this beautiful autumn morning, with hundreds of people ...
10/21/2017 - 10:06 AM


Six temples, 60 km and countless bowls of Sanuki udon in Kagawa
For foodies, Kagawa can mean just one thing: the prefecture's signature noodles.
10/21/2017 - 10:02 AM


Cultural disorientation is dancer Yumi Umiumare’s artistic drive
At a certain level, the act of resettling overseas unsettles the idea of home itself. It ruptures the narrative of belonging that we construct through ...
10/21/2017 - 10:00 AM


Sato no Ie Hanase: Kyoto-level kaiseki for all seasons
At Sato no Ie Hanase, Kyoto's loss is most definitely Osaka's gain.
10/21/2017 - 09:56 AM


Umaiya: Anything you like, as long as it’s takoyaki sans mayo
Umaiya is old-school. There are no innovations here, and furthermore there's no mayonnaise, so don't bother asking for it.
10/21/2017 - 09:54 AM


Donabe: The hardy pot that Japanese cooks swear by
The cookware that has made the biggest comeback in recent years can be traced back to prehistoric times: the donabe, a lidded, heatproof earthenware pot ...
10/21/2017 - 09:52 AM


Ginza Matcha Cake: Tokyo Banana ventures outside its curved-fruit comfort zone
The folks behind Tokyo Banana have decided to freshen things up with the Ginza Matcha Cake.
10/21/2017 - 09:50 AM


Commercials reflect a subtle shift in traditional parenting roles
A series of TV commercials aimed at parents in recent months has sparked intense online debate over traditional family values and the reality of modern ...
10/21/2017 - 09:48 AM


Koto player Azumi Yamano revels in space and atmosphere
"The koto is a plucked string instrument in which the sound and music really reflect the player."
10/21/2017 - 09:32 AM


Living color: Basking in Tochigi’s golden hues
Traveling into the Shiobara Valley by bus, visitors are assailed by the rich, intensely cultivated fields of Nasunogahara. The reformations that characterized Japan’s Meiji Era ...
10/20/2017 - 10:43 AM


Tokyo fashion week kicks off to showcase 2018 spring/summer designs
Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo began Monday, showcasing the latest designs of some 50 global brands for the 2018 spring/summer season.A show by Yohei Ohno, a ...
10/16/2017 - 04:45 AM


Japanese women graduating from motherhood
The Japanese 母 (haha, mother) of lore gave her children unconditional love while protecting them from the wrath and 理不尽 (rifujin, unreasonableness).
10/16/2017 - 03:30 AM


Taking yourself out of the equation with ‘koto ni naru,’ and showing change with ‘yo ni naru’
Introducing two similar expressions: ことになる and ようになる.
10/16/2017 - 03:29 AM


British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro wins Nobel Prize in literature
The Swedish Academy is awarding this year's Nobel Prize in literature to Nagasaki-born British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro.
10/16/2017 - 03:28 AM


Let’s discuss the DP joining up with Kibo no To
In a dramatic move, the center-left Democratic Party decided Sept. 28 to effectively disband its Lower House caucus and join Kibo no To.
10/16/2017 - 03:27 AM


A crafty way to give the kids a creative workout
It’s one of those fleeting parenting moments when my normally nonstop high-volume children are awake, but silent. The reason for this? They are studiously poring ...
10/15/2017 - 04:30 AM


Keeping an eye on new gadgets
Haro, the cute robot mascot of the anime series "Mobile Suit Gundam," is about to get real.
10/15/2017 - 04:29 AM


Beware, Halloween candy can be a horror for pets
It’s a trick-or-treating tradition: Dump the night’s candy haul onto the living room floor to pick out the gems, or do some horse trading with ...
10/15/2017 - 04:28 AM


Sound artist Aki Onda explores memory through sound
"I never miss Japan," says New York resident Aki Onda. "Now I have a distance — that's why I enjoy going back to Tokyo."
10/14/2017 - 09:58 AM


Autumn is peak season for ‘sanma,’ a once-common fish that’s playing hard to catch
The sanma (Pacific saury) that’s caught at this time of year is rich with heart-healthy oils, and is considered a quintessential autumn delicacy in Japan.But ...
10/14/2017 - 09:56 AM


‘Okinawa’: Remembering Takuma Nakahira in a different light
A figure stood on Zushi Beach in Kanagawa Prefecture one night in 1973, silhouetted against a fire as he fed piles of prints and negatives ...
10/21/2017 - 09:58 AM


‘A Brief History of the Samurai’: offers thrilling take on Japan’s ancient warrior class
On reading Jonathan Clements’ brief history of the samurai, first published in 2010, you can’t help but see parallels with the recent blockbuster television series ...
10/21/2017 - 09:36 AM


‘In Search of the Way’: looks for enlightenment
Richard bowring, religion, shinto , Confucianism, China, Shingo Buddhism
10/21/2017 - 09:34 AM


Tarantino admits he knew of Weinstein misconduct complaints for decades as LAPD opens another rape probe
Quentin Tarantino has admitted knowing for decades about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct, confessing in an interview published Thursday to feeling ashamed that he did ...
10/19/2017 - 09:10 PM


Kyoto’s ambience is key to making KIFF special
Film festivals don’t take place in isolation: An interesting city makes for a more interesting festival, unless you are the sort of movie nerd who ...
10/19/2017 - 04:04 AM


Beck: ‘I wanted to put out a giant positive wave of sound’
“It’s actually surreal that it’s finally out,” Beck Hansen says of his 13th album, “Colors.” “It’s the longest time from inception to release I’ve ever ...
10/19/2017 - 03:59 AM


Canada cries as its rock icon Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip dies at 53
Gord Downie, who made himself part of Canada’s national identity with songs about hockey and small towns as lead singer and songwriter of iconic rock ...
10/18/2017 - 08:23 PM


Diana Ross to perform and be honored for lifetime achievement at American Music Awards
Diana Ross will receive a lifetime achievement honor at next month’s American Music Awards and will celebrate with a performance on the broadcast next month.ABC ...
10/18/2017 - 07:58 PM


Harvard rescinds 2014 medal awarded to Harvey Weinstein
Harvard University is rescinding a 2014 medal it awarded to Harvey Weinstein for his contributions to African-American culture.The school’s Hutchins Center for African and African ...
10/18/2017 - 07:52 PM


Busan International Film Festival spotlights female directors and plenty of Japanese content
The 22nd Busan International Film Festival, which opened Oct. 12 and ends Saturday, seemed to be in better shape this year.Last year, various South Korean ...
10/18/2017 - 05:00 AM


‘Outrage Coda’: Takeshi Kitano’s kill count climbs high for trilogy’s finale
In his nearly three decades as a director, “Beat” Takeshi Kitano has won many critical plaudits and prizes abroad. But in Japan he is best ...
10/18/2017 - 04:59 AM


‘Dawn Wind in My Poncho’: Boys come of age on a typical road trip
Japanese road movies are many; ones featuring high school kids, relatively few. One was Daigo Matsui’s 2015 “Our Huff and Puff Journey,” about four high ...
10/18/2017 - 04:58 AM


U.S. author George Saunders wins 2017 Man Booker Prize for ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’
Author George Saunders on Tuesday became only the second American writer to win Britain’s renowned Man Booker Prize, which was awarded for his first full-length ...
10/18/2017 - 12:03 AM


Too racy for Louvre, sex sculpture ‘Domestikator’ finds home at Pompidou Centre
In the end it was just too kinky for the Louvre.The world’s most visited museum shied away from displaying a sculpture that some have labeled ...
10/17/2017 - 09:58 PM


Psych-rock act Kikagaku Moyo makes a virtue of DIY and keeping it ‘sloppy’
If you were to glance at Kikagaku Moyo’s tour itinerary for 2017, it would be easy to forget that the group was Japanese at all. ...
10/17/2017 - 06:20 AM


Koganecho: An old site in a new light
Koganecho Bazaar 2017’s “Double Facade: Multiple Ways to Encounter the Other” show is a bit of a mess.
10/17/2017 - 06:19 AM


London police probing new assault claims against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein
British police are investigating three new allegations of sexual assault against film producer Harvey Weinstein, all made by the same woman.London’s Metropolitan Police force said ...
10/15/2017 - 08:03 PM


Slow regional revitalization
The demographic challenges confronting the nation are indeed enormous, but the regional revitalization policy of the Abe administration has so far accomplished little.
10/21/2017 - 05:02 AM


Electric carmakers have an Africa problem
Volkswagen's recent failure to lock in the price of cobalt for five years points to a serious problem with the optimistic projections of an electric ...
10/21/2017 - 05:00 AM


The Kake and Moritomo scandals and the bureaucracy
Even if Prime Minister Shinzo Abe survives the election, he shouldn't forget he still owes the people a full explanation of the Kake Gakuen ...
10/20/2017 - 05:43 AM


The wisdom of Tanzan Ishibashi
Japan might be a very different country today if Prime Minister Tanzan Ishibahi hadn't handed the reins of power over to Nobusuke Kishi after just ...
10/20/2017 - 05:42 AM


Hurricanes’ unnatural toll
The world spends far more on post-disaster aid and reconstruction than it does on mitigation even though the latter would save many lives and is ...
10/20/2017 - 05:42 AM


Judging responses to the North Korean threat
Before going to the polls on Sunday, voters should make a sober assessment of the government's approach to the North Korea problem and the policies ...
10/19/2017 - 04:58 AM


Who has the world’s No. 1 economy? Not the U.S.
The days of U.S. economic supremacy are over.
10/19/2017 - 04:57 AM


A new front opens in Asia’s water war
In a water-stressed Asia, taming China's hegemonic ambition is now the biggest strategic challenge.
10/19/2017 - 04:56 AM


The U.S. leaves UNESCO, again
The new director general of UNESCO should strive to restore its focus on nonpolitical issues, such as protection of World Heritage sites.
10/18/2017 - 06:05 AM


The enduring basis of strong India-Japan relations
Compelling economic and geopolitical factors are drawing Japan and India closer.
10/18/2017 - 06:04 AM


Elections, abductees, nuclear weapons and North Korea
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's unusual election call was designed to head off Diet questioning that could have put him in serious trouble.
10/18/2017 - 06:03 AM


The Kobe Steel fiasco tells a much bigger story
The Kobe Steel scandal offers insights into why more Japanese households aren't feeling the benefits of today's 2.5 percent growth.
10/17/2017 - 06:00 AM


Economic promises versus the record
Before casting their ballots, voters should review the nearly five years of Abenomics and what changes it brought to the economy and their lives.
10/17/2017 - 05:59 AM


Yes, build the border wall!
It's time to build a wall — and, in doing so, prevent an estimated 600,000 "dreamers" from being deported.
10/17/2017 - 05:58 AM


What North Korea learned from the Kosovo War
Pyongyang views NATO's willingness to use force in Kosovo just four years after Washington signed the Dayton Agreement with Milosevic in 1995 as proof that ...
10/17/2017 - 05:57 AM


Austria’s millennial hope walks a fine line
If Sebastian Kurz fails to control the scary forces bubbling under the Freedom Party's surface, both Austria and the EU will regret that he got ...
10/17/2017 - 05:56 AM


Trump is strengthening Iran’s radicals
Shelving the 2015 nuclear deal would not only heighten regional tensions; it would also embolden the Iranian hardliners that the U.S. has been seeking to ...
10/17/2017 - 05:55 AM


The Iran nuclear deal is bad — and necessary
So long as Tehran remains compliant, the nuclear deal — however bad it is — remains our best chance to prevent Iran from becoming a ...
10/16/2017 - 09:00 AM


Five steps that can bring peace in Myanmar
The humanitarian crisis afflicting Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya has damaged the country's political stability and shattered its image as a country moving toward democracy — but ...
10/16/2017 - 08:59 AM


A world without exhaust pipes
The growing popularity of electric vehicles is set to curb one of the largest sources of global pollution, but consumption bias continues to impede many ...
10/16/2017 - 08:58 AM


Trump threatens Iran nuclear deal — and more
U.S. President Donald Trump's decision last week to decertify the Iran nuclear deal undercuts American power and influence in the world.
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