The Diet building in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Vote-value disparity a gross inequality that cannot continue
The Supreme Court’s latest ruling on the issue of vote-value disparity has left us wondering how long it will take until this clear, outrageous inequality is corrected.
Yusuke Yokobatake, director-general of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau, listens to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in an Upper House Budget Committee session in July. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Abe's collective self-defense argument just got shakier
A new fact has come to light that undermines the already shaky grounds on which the government’s reinterpretation of the Constitution stands.
Daichi Suzuki, second from right in back row, head of the Japan Sports Agency, with Japanese gymnasts competing in the World Championships in Britain in October (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Government’s goal for Olympic medals misses the point of sports
The government is working on policy principles for the nation’s preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
Yoichi Miyazawa, chairman of the LDP Research Commission on the Tax System, right, and his Komeito counterpart, Tetsuo Saito, at a meeting of the ruling coalition council on tax system on Oct. 29. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Politicians ignoring key issue of redistribution in tax debate
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner, Komeito, are deeply at odds over the proposal to keep the consumption tax rate on foods and some other daily necessities at the current 8 percent when the levy is raised to 10 percent as planned.
Professor Park Yu-ha (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Indictment of historian a crisis of freedom in S. Korea
Prosecutors in South Korea have indicted a university professor on defamation charges, claiming she falsely described former “comfort women” who were forced to provide sex to wartime Japanese soldiers.
Children play in a day-care center in Mie Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Gaping finance hole in plan to improve child care, nursing care
Ministries, agencies and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party have made their proposals to help realize Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s vision of a society where 100 million people play an active role.
A Rengo (Japanese Trade Union Confederation) meeting in Chiba themed on part-time and temporary workers (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: A diversifying workforce is no excuse for low pay and scant benefits
Part-time and temporary workers accounted for 40 percent of Japan’s workforce last year, a labor ministry survey shows.
The U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma is located in a crowded residential area of Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Despite Tokyo’s obsession, Henoko is not the only option for U.S. air base
The Shinzo Abe administration and the Okinawa prefectural government are now locked in a legal battle over the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district of Nago.
From left: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Staffan de Mistura, U.N. special envoy for Syria, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a news conference in Vienna on Nov. 14 after multilateral talks on Syria (The Asahi Shimbun)
EDITORIAL: Airstrikes alone cannot eradicate root causes of extremism
The international community needs to unite to tackle urgent humanitarian challenges posed by the broadening civil war in Syria. The situation is posing an acid test of the world’s ability to take effective actions to end the cycle of violence and persecution.
People gather at the Place de la Republique square in Paris on Nov. 15 to pray for victims of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks. (The Asahi Shimbun)
EDITORIAL: World shares France’s grief after heartless attacks in Paris
The cruelty of the terrorist attacks in Paris made us shudder. This barbarous act, which took so many lives indiscriminately, was a tragedy not just for France, but for the entire globe.
Asahi Kasei Construction Materials Corp. President Tomihiro Maeda, right, and executives of Asahi Kasei Corp. apologize Nov. 13 before reporters in Tokyo for falsifying data concerning piling projects. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
EDITORIAL: Inner workings of construction industry at root of pilings scandal
Of the 3,040 piling projects handled by Asahi Kasei Construction Materials Corp. during the past 10 years, data was falsified in at least 266 cases, the company said Nov. 13.
The Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Scrap Monju reactor project and use money to develop renewable energies
The annual public review of policy programs by the government to identify wasteful spending ends on Nov. 13. For three days, the government’s administrative reform promotion council has been scouring the budgets of ministries and agencies for savings.
Yoshiharu Kawabata, chairman of the BPO Committee for the Investigation of Broadcasting Ethics, meets reporters in Tokyo on Nov. 6. (The Asahi Shimbun)
EDITORIAL: Abe administration must refrain from interference in broadcasting
There must be no political interference in broadcast programs. The Abe administration needs to change its disrespectful attitude toward broadcast independence.
Yomiuri Giants President Hiroshi Kubo, left, apologizes for the betting scandal involving three of the team's pitchers at a news conference on Nov. 10. (Takayuki Kakuno)
EDITORIAL: Warnings to young players could help eject gambling from baseball
An investigative committee of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), tasked to examine the case of betting on baseball games by three Yomiuri Giants pitchers, issued its final report on Nov. 10.
Hiroko Masuhara, right, and Koyuki Higashi pose near Shibuya Station in Tokyo on Nov. 5 holding the first same-sex partnership certificate issued by the Shibuya Ward government. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
EDITORIAL: Tokyo wards leading the way toward acceptance of sexual diversity
Shibuya and Setagaya wards in Tokyo have become the first local governments in Japan to recognize same-sex couples living together as partners similar to married couples. The two wards on Nov. 5 started issuing certificates recognizing same-sex partnerships under the first ordinances for this purpose in the nation.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou meet in Singapore on Nov. 7. (The Asahi Shimbun)
EDITORIAL: Future of China-Taiwan ties depends on Beijing’s behavior
China and Taiwan once fought a war and have refused to recognize the other side as a legitimate government for 66 years.
Plaintiffs in a lawsuit on the Civil Law provision requiring a married couple to use the same surname arrive at the Supreme Court for a hearing on Nov. 4. (The Asahi Shimbun)
EDITORIAL: Time for Supreme Court to review disputed Civil Law provisions
The Supreme Court is expected to soon hand down rulings in two separate lawsuits concerning the constitutionality of controversial Civil Law provisions.
The Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima on Aug. 6, the 70th anniversary of the nuclear attack on the city in 1945 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Japan needs more robust diplomatic strategy to unite nuclear and non-nuclear powers
The recent vote on a Japan-proposed United Nations resolution on nuclear weapons highlighted anew the deep rift between nuclear powers and non-nuclear nations.
The Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor operated by Japan Atomic Energy Agency in Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Abe government should finally scrap Monju fast-breeder reactor
The Nuclear Regulation Authority decided Nov. 4 to recommend that the operator of the trouble-plagued Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor be replaced.
Diet affairs chiefs of the opposition parties submit a request to convene an extraordinary Diet session to Lower House Speaker Tadamori Oshima, second from left, on Oct. 21. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Abe administration's continued contempt of the Constitution
The opposition parties’ call for an extraordinary session of the Diet, made in accordance with Article 53 of the Constitution, has been put on the back burner.

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