August 01, 2015
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.
July 31, 2015
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.
July 30, 2015
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.
July 29, 2015
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.
July 28, 2015
The Upper House on July 27 started deliberating the package of government-drafted national security bills that recently cleared the Lower House.
July 27, 2015
A Japanese idiom--making a Buddha statue and leaving out the soul--means plowing the field and forgetting the seeds.
July 25, 2015
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.
July 24, 2015
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.
July 23, 2015
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.
July 22, 2015
Where, really, was the urgency to railroad national security bills through the Lower House in the absence of public support?
July 21, 2015
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.
July 20, 2015
July 10 is now known as “Black Friday” by people concerned about human rights in China.
July 18, 2015
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.
July 17, 2015
Every day, thundering, layered chants by people of all generations and political stripes echo around the Diet building.
July 16, 2015
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.
July 15, 2015
A step may have been taken toward redrawing the geopolitical map of the world.
July 14, 2015
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.
July 13, 2015
The world’s stock markets continue to experience violent price fluctuations.
July 11, 2015
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.
July 10, 2015
Is the Liberal Democratic Party trying to suppress free discussion on political issues at school?