Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda at a news conference on Oct. 31 (Reina Kitamura)
EDITORIAL: BOJ should have reviewed inflation target before further monetary easing
In a surprise move on Oct. 31, the Bank of Japan opened up the monetary taps further to shore up the sagging economy.
Voters in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, listen to a candidate for the gubernatorial election on Oct. 30, the start of official campaigning. (The Asahi Shimbun)
EDITORIAL: For Okinawa voters, Futenma relocation not an ‘issue of the past’
The official campaign period for the Nov. 16 Okinawa gubernatorial election began on Oct. 30.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers questions during a Lower House plenary session on Oct. 28 about revisions to the worker dispatch law. (Shogo Koshida)
EDITORIAL: Equal treatment principle must also apply to dispatched workers
The Diet on Oct. 28 began debating a bill to revise the law governing the temporary staffing industry.
Sendai nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Restarting reactors not an issue for host city alone
The municipal assembly of Satsuma-Sendai in Kagoshima Prefecture on Oct. 28 voted in favor of restarting the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant, which is located in the city and operated by Kyushu Electric Power Co. Following the assembly’s decision, Mayor Hideo Iwakiri announced his approval on the same day, one of the procedures to go ahead with the restart.
An ethics class is held for fourth-graders at an elementary school in western Tokyo on Sept. 24. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Government should not meddle in ethics education
Ethics will become a formal subject for Japanese children at elementary and junior high schools. The Central Council for Education, an advisory panel for the education ministry, on Oct. 21 submitted to education minister Hakubun Shimomura its proposal that ethics should be taught as a subject.
A demonstrator holds a sign that reads “We refuse to accept discrimination and intolerance” to protest a hate speech rally in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Constitution needs higher priority on Diet agenda
“Japanese people who conserve Article 9” of the Constitution was nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize. The Upper House Commission on the Constitution recently discussed this development in an attempt to assess its implications.
The Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Oct. 20, when the four-day plenary session of the Communist Party's Central Committee opened (AP Photo)
EDITORIAL: China’s one-party rule is incompatible with the rule of law
The Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee, the ruling party’s highest leadership body, recently held its fourth plenary session. The main topic at the closed-door meeting in Beijing was “state governance based on the law.”
The Supreme Court ruled on Oct. 23 that demoting an employee because of her pregnancy is unacceptable. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Pregnancy should not be a drag on women’s careers
The Supreme Court ruled on Oct. 23 that demoting a woman because of her pregnancy is unacceptable unless there are truly compelling circumstances.
Protesters wave penlights in a rally held in the Admiralty district in Hong Kong on Oct. 4. (Mitsusada Enyo)
EDITORIAL: Beijing should give serious thought to Hong Kong students’ demand
Nearly four weeks have passed since students started occupying the main streets of Hong Kong.
MV-22 Osprey transport aircraft at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in August (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Tokyo's promise on Futenma closure rings hollow
The Japanese government's promise concerning a U.S. military installation has turned out to have zero value.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe apologizes during a news conference on Oct. 20 following the resignation of two Cabinet members. (The Asahi Shimbun)
EDITORIAL: Abe bears responsibility for Cabinet appointment debacle
Two members of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet resigned on Oct. 20 over political and money scandals.
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Foreign Ministry should keep alive spirit of Asian Women’s Fund
The Asian Women’s Fund, set up in the year of the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, represented Japan’s national effort to compensate former “comfort women” for their sufferings during the war. These women were forced to provide sex for Japanese soldiers at “comfort stations” established with the involvement of Japanese military forces.
A prototype maglev bullet train during a test run in Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture, in September 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Gargantuan maglev train project needs cautious approach
On Oct. 17, transport minister Akihiro Ota approved Central Japan Railway Co.’s (JR Tokai) plan to build a maglev bullet train line for the 2027 scheduled start of service between Shinagawa in Tokyo and Nagoya.
Sanae Takaichi, minister of internal affairs and communications (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Takaichi’s Yasukuni visit would mean more than honoring war dead
Internal affairs minister Sanae Takaichi has expressed her intention to visit Yasukuni Shrine during the religious site’s autumn festival, which starts Oct. 17.
High-ranking Japanese and U.S. officials shake hands at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo on Oct. 8 before the start of a meeting on formulating the new guidelines for bilateral defense cooperation. (Jun Ueda)
EDITORIAL: New defense guidelines could move beyond limits set by Constitution
The envisioned new guidelines for defense cooperation between Japan and the United States, as outlined by an interim report, would be based on dangerously stretched interpretations of the Constitution and the bilateral security treaty.
Many letters and e-mail messages are offered for publication to The Asahi Shimbun’s Tokyo head office (The Asahi Shimbun)
EDITORIAL: Newspapers’ role is to make readers think, not promote conflicts of opinion
What is the expected role of a newspaper as a vehicle of free speech? We would like to discuss this on this first day of this year’s “Shimbun Shukan” (Newspaper Week).
Officials of Kansai Electric Power Co. and the local government campaign for energy-saving efforts at JR Osaka Station in July. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Power-saving efforts should mark transition away from nuclear energy
This year’s summer was Japan’s first nuclear-free one since the Fukushima nuclear disaster started in 2011.
People opposing the state secrets protection law take to the streets in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, on Oct. 6. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Public still waiting for Abe to ‘carefully explain’ state secrets law
When the state secrets protection law was passed last December, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said this at a news conference: “We will continue to explain this law carefully in order to erase any concerns the public should have.”
The Anegasaki Thermal Power Station in Chiba prefecture, one of TEPCO's aged thermal power plants (Provided by TEPCO)
EDITORIAL: Tie-up by utilities must lead to wider choice, competition in electricity market
Tokyo Electric Power Co. and Chubu Electric Power Co. have reached a basic agreement on a business tie-up in the area of thermal power generation.
Members of a South Korean conservative group protest an article in The Sankei Shimbun in front of the building that houses the Japanese newspaper's Seoul bureau on Oct. 7. (The Asahi Shimbun)
EDITORIAL: South Korea loses a core democratic value
South Korean prosecutors indicted the former Seoul bureau chief of the Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun on Oct. 8 without arresting him on charges he seriously defamed South Korean President Park Geun-hye in an article.

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