August 20, 2014
When foreign residents who are in Japan legally fall into financial hardships, what sort of safety net should be there to ensure that their basic needs are met?
August 19, 2014
With cross-border interactions in the modern world of globalization increasing at a dizzying pace, international efforts to develop rules governing such activity often fail to keep up with reality.
August 18, 2014
Japan’s food self-sufficiency rate for fiscal 2013 stood at 39 percent on a calorie basis, remaining unchanged for the fourth consecutive year. There is no prospect for the rate to rise to 50 percent, a key goal set by the government for its food security policy.
August 16, 2014
On Aug. 15, the anniversary of the end of World War II, prayers were said across Japan for the repose of the souls of the war dead.
August 15, 2014
On the first Saturday of August, a demonstration was staged in Shibuya, one of Tokyo’s most vibrant shopping areas, where demonstrators repeatedly shouted, “Senso hantai” (No war), under a blazing sun.
August 14, 2014
There must be many parents in Japan who lament the time their children spend on smartphones while they could be doing other things during the summer break.
August 13, 2014
This year marks the 120th anniversary of the outbreak of the First Sino-Japanese War. When peace was shattered in East Asia, the Tokyo Asahi Shimbun, the predecessor of The Asahi Shimbun, welcomed it in its July 29, 1894, editorial.
August 12, 2014
The recent meetings between the Japanese foreign minister and his Chinese and South Korean counterparts highlighted afresh the surprising and disturbing fact that the top diplomats had failed to hold talks for so long.
August 11, 2014
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki this month, both of which marked the 69th anniversaries of the atomic bombings. In the ceremonies in both cities, he emphasized determination to realize a world without nuclear weapons.
August 09, 2014
In a shocking act of trampling on human rights and degrading the dignity of life, an Australian couple has abandoned a child born with Down syndrome to a Thai surrogate they hired. The boy is one of twins carried by the Thai woman, and the couple has returned home from Thailand with the other infant, a healthy girl.
August 08, 2014
It was not uncommon for employees at the Sukiya restaurant chain to put in more than 100 hours of overtime each month, which is generally regarded as the threshold for “karoshi,” or death from overwork.
August 07, 2014
Police in Osaka Prefecture are reeling from a scandal of unprecedented scale after it emerged they failed to report tens of thousands of offenses to improve the prefecture's crime rate figures.
August 06, 2014
“Remember Hiroshima, Nagasaki,” goes the refrain in “Remember,” a number released last year by singer Shinobu Sato (lyrics by Rei Nakanishi, music by Kisaburo Suzuki). Since then, Sato has been singing this song at concerts all over Japan.
August 05, 2014
Child consultation centers across Japan recognized and confirmed a record 73,765 cases of child abuse in fiscal 2013, according to data released recently by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. The number has broken records for 23 straight years since fiscal 1990, when the ministry started compiling the statistics.
August 04, 2014
The Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region is an inland region in far western China that has a large population of Uighur Muslims.
August 02, 2014
As many as 8.2 million houses in Japan are unoccupied, accounting for 13.5 percent of all existing houses in this nation. The number has increased by 630,000 from five years ago and is the highest on record, according to latest government data.
August 01, 2014
What is the whole truth about the nuclear disaster that hit this nation three years ago? We have yet to hear a satisfactory answer to this question.
July 31, 2014
Members of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party collectively rule a nation of 1.3 billion people, making them China's most powerful group of political leaders.
July 30, 2014
The government needs to first tackle the here-and-now problems of poverty if any improvements are to be made in the situation.
July 29, 2014
North Korea has kept up a series of provocative missile launches this year. In its latest test, apparently a political gesture, North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan off its eastern coast on July 26.