The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is hit by tsunami on March 11, 2011. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
EDITORIAL: Trials of ex-TEPCO bigwigs a chance to take fresh look at disaster
Three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. will stand trial over their criminal responsibility for the 2011 disaster at TEPCO’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and education and sports minister Hakubun Shimomura (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Shimomura, Mori and Abe all bear responsibility for stadium debacle
Education and sports minister Hakubun Shimomura is evading responsibility for the new National Stadium debacle while one of his subordinates is leaving the ministry before retirement age. This has all the hallmarks of the common practice in Japanese politics known as “tokakge no shippo kiri,” or a lizard’s attempt to survive an enemy attack by sacrificing its tail.
The Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Reflections on 2 years without nuclear power ahead of planned restarts
Japan has survived without atomic energy for almost two years since all of the country’s nuclear power reactors were taken offline in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear accident triggered by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster.
Opposing the proposed revisions to the Public Offices Election Law, some Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers leave the Upper House plenary session on July 24 before the bill was voted upon. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Common sense lacking in Upper House electoral reform
The revised Public Offices Election Law was enacted on July 28, clearing the way for the implementation of a “plus 10, minus 10” formula to reform the Upper House electoral system. Under this formula for seat redistribution, the Shimane and Tottori constituencies are being merged, as are the Tokushima and Kochi constituencies.
Demonstrators hold placards that read, “We do not tolerate Abe's politics” at a protest in Fukuoka on July 18. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Basic security questions remain unanswered, eroding public trust in politics
The Upper House on July 27 started deliberating the package of government-drafted national security bills that recently cleared the Lower House.
Demonstrators hoist uniform placards that read “We do not tolerate Abe's politics” in a protest in Kyoto’s Higashiyama Ward on July 18. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Abe hurts himself by pretending to listen to opposing opinions
A Japanese idiom--making a Buddha statue and leaving out the soul--means plowing the field and forgetting the seeds.
Shunsuke Tsurumi is hauled away by riot police from the front of the Diet, where he staged a sit-in as part of a campaign against the Japan‐U.S. Security Treaty, in June 1970. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Tsurumi’s tough-minded, anti-conformist philosophy finds an echo in today’s Japan
In a summer when the Abe administration is aggressively pushing its national security legislation in an attempt to radically change Japan’s postwar pacifist path, Shunsuke Tsurumi died. He was 93.
One of the newly confirmed offshore gas drilling structures in the East China Sea (Provided by the Defense Ministry)
EDITORIAL: Tokyo, Beijing must avert cycle of mutual distrust in East China Sea
China is developing gas fields in wide areas on the Chinese side of the median line between its shoreline and that of Japan in the East China Sea.
The ruins of Palmyra in Syria (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Urgent need to protect World Heritage sites in danger
Many people will visit World Heritage sites this summer to marvel at scenes of stunning natural beauty or amazing cultural achievements dating to the distant past.
A Japan Coast Guard ship, right, monitors the activities of a Chinese government vessel near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea on Aug. 15, 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Defense white paper shows that security legislation can wait
Where, really, was the urgency to railroad national security bills through the Lower House in the absence of public support?
Supreme Court Chief Justice Kotaro Tanaka at a news conference in September 1959 after an oral argument on the Sunagawa Incident case (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Top court should address doubts on dodgy Sunagawa Incident ruling
The Supreme Court is called the guardian of the Constitution. The fairness of the judiciary is based on the top court’s independence from the administration, the legislature and, of course, foreign governments.
In this July 17 photo, the marquee for the Fengrui law firm is seen at the entrance to their offices in Beijing. (AP Photo)
EDITORIAL: 1.3 billion Chinese lose in Xi’s crackdown on human rights lawyers
July 10 is now known as “Black Friday” by people concerned about human rights in China.
From left, sports minister Hakubun Shimomura, Yoshiro Mori, president of the Olympic organizing committee, and Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe meet in Tokyo in June. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Stadium snafu shows failure of Abe’s strong-arm politics
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s words sounded hollow when he announced his decision July 17 to scrap the much-criticized design of the new National Stadium, the main venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The national security legislation is approved with support of the ruling coalition parties at the Lower House plenary session on July 16. Lawmakers of major opposition parties, such as Democratic Party of Japan, boycotted the voting. (The Asahi Shimbun)
EDITORIAL: Upper House should respond to public anger, doubts about security bills
Every day, thundering, layered chants by people of all generations and political stripes echo around the Diet building.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, leaves the Lower House special committee just before the vote on the security bills on July 15. (Shogo Koshida)
EDITORIAL: Japan’s postwar progress outrageously reversed
The ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe railroaded a package of controversial security bills through a Lower House special committee on July 15.
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, second right, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, and European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, left, talk to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the Vienna International Center in Vienna on July 14. (Pool Photo via AP)
EDITORIAL: Global effort needed to prevent Iran nuclear deal from fizzling out
A step may have been taken toward redrawing the geopolitical map of the world.
Five speakers at a public hearing listen to questions from a lawmaker in a July 13 session of the Lower House special committee to discuss security legislation. (Shinichi Iizuka)
EDITORIAL: Abe's rush for vote on 'unexplained' security bills simply unacceptable
The Lower House special committee to discuss the government-drafted set of national security bills held a public hearing at the Diet on July 13 to listen to experts about the legislation.
Investors watch an electronic board displaying stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing on July 8. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Beijing should rethink readiness to intervene in stock market
The world’s stock markets continue to experience violent price fluctuations.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responds to questions during a Diet session on security legislation on July 10. (Shinichi Iizuka)
EDITORIAL: Abe still falling short on selling security bills to public
An opinion poll by The Asahi Shimbun in June found that 69 percent of respondents believe Prime Minister Shinzo Abe failed to offer a thorough explanation about the national security legislation being pushed by his administration. Twelve percent of the respondents said he had done enough in explaining the package of bills to the public.
Students discuss the national security legislation in a class at Yanai High School in Yanai, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on June 24. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: LDP should keep its intimidation out of schools
Is the Liberal Democratic Party trying to suppress free discussion on political issues at school?

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