October 24, 2014
The Supreme Court ruled on Oct. 23 that demoting a woman because of her pregnancy is unacceptable unless there are truly compelling circumstances.
October 23, 2014
Nearly four weeks have passed since students started occupying the main streets of Hong Kong.
October 22, 2014
The Japanese government's promise concerning a U.S. military installation has turned out to have zero value.
October 21, 2014
Two members of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet resigned on Oct. 20 over political and money scandals.
October 20, 2014
The Asian Women’s Fund, set up in the year of the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, represented Japan’s national effort to compensate former “comfort women” for their sufferings during the war. These women were forced to provide sex for Japanese soldiers at “comfort stations” established with the involvement of Japanese military forces.
October 18, 2014
On Oct. 17, transport minister Akihiro Ota approved Central Japan Railway Co.’s (JR Tokai) plan to build a maglev bullet train line for the 2027 scheduled start of service between Shinagawa in Tokyo and Nagoya.
October 17, 2014
Internal affairs minister Sanae Takaichi has expressed her intention to visit Yasukuni Shrine during the religious site’s autumn festival, which starts Oct. 17.
October 16, 2014
The envisioned new guidelines for defense cooperation between Japan and the United States, as outlined by an interim report, would be based on dangerously stretched interpretations of the Constitution and the bilateral security treaty.
October 15, 2014
What is the expected role of a newspaper as a vehicle of free speech? We would like to discuss this on this first day of this year’s “Shimbun Shukan” (Newspaper Week).
October 14, 2014
This year’s summer was Japan’s first nuclear-free one since the Fukushima nuclear disaster started in 2011.
October 13, 2014
When the state secrets protection law was passed last December, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said this at a news conference: “We will continue to explain this law carefully in order to erase any concerns the public should have.”
October 11, 2014
Tokyo Electric Power Co. and Chubu Electric Power Co. have reached a basic agreement on a business tie-up in the area of thermal power generation.
October 10, 2014
South Korean prosecutors indicted the former Seoul bureau chief of the Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun on Oct. 8 without arresting him on charges he seriously defamed South Korean President Park Geun-hye in an article.
October 09, 2014
The eruption of Mount Ontakesan has raised questions about the ability of nuclear power plants to operate safely in the vicinity of active volcanoes.
October 08, 2014
Some people may not know how a light-emitting diode (LED) works. But in today’s industrialized world, there could hardly be anyone who has never benefitted from LEDs.
October 07, 2014
This autumn, the families of Japanese citizens who were abducted by North Korea decades ago must be growing dreadfully impatient for some good news about their missing loved ones.
October 06, 2014
What challenges must be overcome to make Japan a society where women with a desire to work can make good use of their individuality and abilities? What measures are needed to tackle these challenges?
October 04, 2014
The positive growth of electricity production using renewable energy powered by the feed-in-tariff (FIT) system is beginning to show signs of losing steam.
October 03, 2014
The nation's opposition parties have shown encouraging signs during recent Diet debate that they will not let Prime Minister Shinzo Abe breeze through this extraordinary session unscathed.
October 02, 2014
Japan seems to be split between people and companies that are feeling the benefits of a weaker yen and those who aren’t. That is the reality of the nation’s economy and "Abenomics," the economic strategy devised by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.