March 30, 2015
The essential features of an automobile are to run, to turn and to stop. A balance between the three factors is just as essential in politics.
March 28, 2015
The Diet’s legitimacy to change Japan’s postwar pacifist principles or to initiate debate on constitutional amendments has been called into question by its failure to solve the serious problem of vote-value disparity.
March 27, 2015
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe caused a stir March 20 when he referred to the Self-Defense Forces as “our military” during an Upper House Budget Committee session.
March 26, 2015
Official campaigning kick off March 26 for gubernatorial elections in 10 prefectures, part of the unified local elections held every four years.
March 25, 2015
In this earthquake-prone country, an act that betrays the public trust has occurred.
March 24, 2015
How long will the central government continue to blatantly and completely ignore Okinawa Prefecture’s requests and questions concerning the plan to relocate a key U.S. air base?
March 23, 2015
“Rakugo” storyteller Katsura Beicho, who was seen as a living symbol of Kamigata (Kansai region) culture, has set forth on the journey to the world beyond. He died of pneumonia on March 19.
March 21, 2015
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner Komeito formally worded the basic principles of new national security legislation that would fundamentally change this country's stance on the issue.
March 20, 2015
Can we say that the gruesome incident that shocked the nation exactly 20 years ago will never happen again in our society?
March 19, 2015
This year’s “shunto” spring wage offensive reached its peak on March 18 as major companies presented their pay proposals to labor unions.
March 18, 2015
Kansai Electric Power Co. and Japan Atomic Power Co. on March 17 decided to decommission three nuclear reactors that have been in operation for more than 40 years. And on March 18, two more nuclear reactors, operated by Chugoku Electric Power Co. and Kyushu Electric Power Co., joined the “to be decommissioned” list.
March 17, 2015
The findings of an Asahi Shimbun survey about prefectural assembly members’ use of “political activity funds” may have people wondering about the actual purpose of the money.
March 16, 2015
The Nagano-Kanazawa section of the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line started services on March 14.
March 14, 2015
The central government's decision to restart geological surveys in preparation for moving a U.S. military airbase to Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, prompted a concerned citizen to liken the drilling on the seafloor to “sticking a knife into Okinawa’s heart.”
March 13, 2015
Nobuaki Sasaki is looking for companies that can provide business-based support to help rebuild his disaster-hit hometown, Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture.
March 12, 2015
No special procedures are required for children born to Japanese parents in Japan to retain their Japanese nationality.
March 11, 2015
Four years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami struck on March 11, 2011, leading to the meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
March 10, 2015
Many Japanese have friendly feelings for Germany. Japan has strong bonds with Germany in a broad range of areas, including history, arts and culture.
March 09, 2015
In the world of politics, it is sometimes said that reform is more difficult than revolution.
March 07, 2015
The government has submitted a bill to the Diet to overhaul the nation’s electricity and gas markets.