May 23, 2015
The Chinese authorities indicted lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, a well-known human rights defender living in Beijing, earlier this month. It is an unjust action against a conscientious lawyer, and we demand that the Chinese government release Pu immediately.
May 22, 2015
The drive hunt is a traditional method for capturing dolphins alive by herding them together by boats into an area where they cannot escape. In Japan, this method is used in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture.
May 21, 2015
What stood out in the first debates between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and opposition party heads in the current Diet session was Abe’s insincere replies that were designed to obscure the essence of questions about security issues.
May 20, 2015
Tensions are escalating in the South China Sea. China’s large-scale land reclamation project is progressing rapidly on the disputed Spratly Islands, and a 3,000-meter-class airstrip has begun to take shape.
May 19, 2015
A U.S. Marine Corps Osprey transport aircraft suffered a hard landing during a training exercise in Hawaii on May 17, killing one crew member.
May 18, 2015
Many Japanese must be wondering how a new sports agency, slated to be established in October, will change the environment surrounding their sports lives.
May 16, 2015
May 15 marked the anniversary of Okinawa’s return to Japan 43 years ago. Never has the anniversary arrived amid such acute tension between Okinawa Prefecture and the central government.
May 15, 2015
The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on May 14 formally approved a package of bills to pursue a radically new security policy. The bills were to be submitted to the Diet on May 15.
May 14, 2015
Kansai Electric Power Co. will raise its electricity rates for households in June. The standard monthly rate of 8,058 yen will go up to 8,220 yen.
May 13, 2015
Ospreys are coming to the skies over Tokyo.
May 12, 2015
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner, Komeito, reached a formal agreement during talks May 11 on proposed security legislation that would radically change Japan’s defense policy.
May 11, 2015
Five female activists were detained by police in China for organizing a plan to hand out stickers in March on International Women’s Day as part of a campaign against public groping.
May 09, 2015
The Diet has begun debate on the first major revision to the law on protection of personal information since its enactment in 2003.
May 08, 2015
A UNESCO advisory panel has recommended that a group of historically important heavy industry facilities that drove Japan’s rapid modernization should be listed as a World Heritage site.
May 07, 2015
When we think about what Japanese children are facing these days, we must pay attention to one number: 16.3. That's the ratio, or percentage, of Japanese children living in poverty. That's one in six Japanese children.
May 06, 2015
While pre-World War II laws and systems were being reviewed, the Supreme Court in 1948 delivered its verdict on whether the death penalty was compatible with the nation’s postwar Constitution.
May 05, 2015
Japan’s new greenhouse gas emissions targets indicate a distressing lack of commitment to the fight against global warming.
May 04, 2015
May 3, 1947, was a cold, windy day, and rain had been falling since the previous night.
May 02, 2015
The Bank of Japan has failed to strike the inflation target it set two years ago for its policy efforts to enable the Japanese economy to shake off the grip of deflation.
May 01, 2015
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s address to the U.S. Congress on April 29, the first delivered by a Japanese prime minister to a joint meeting of the Senate and the House of Representatives, stressed postwar reconciliation between Japan and the United States.