Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with his new Cabinet on Oct. 7 (Shinichi Iizuka)
EDITORIAL: Abe's new Cabinet has no time to lose in addressing Diet
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reshuffled his Cabinet on Oct. 7, but retained most key members.
The air-bombed medical facility run by Doctors Without Borders in Kunduz, Afghanistan (Provided by Doctors Without Borders)
EDITORIAL: U.S. must investigate--and explain--airstrikes in Kunduz
Another terrible tragedy occurred Oct. 3 in war-torn Afghanistan. A medical facility of crucial importance to the locals in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz was air-bombed, killing many people.
Farmers rally in Fukushima in May to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade-liberalizing pact. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Transparency needed to make TPP a foundation for regional stability, prosperity
Trade ministers from a dozen Pacific Rim nations have reached an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade-liberalizing pact.
Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, apologizes for the Olympic emblem fiasco at a news conference in Tokyo on Sept. 28. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: 2020 Tokyo Olympic organizing committee needs major reorganization
Following a fresh start to design the new National Stadium, the effort to develop a new logo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics has also been launched.
Business managers gather at a seminar in Osaka on the new national identification system, called “My Number,” on Sept. 18. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Public anxieties remain high over 'My Number' system
The new national identification system, called “My Number,” will soon take effect. Under the system, a 12-digit national identification number is assigned to all people who have a certificate of residence in Japan.
A Global Hawk unmanned surveillance aircraft at the U.S. Misawa Air Base in Misawa, Aomori Prefecture, in May 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Weapons exports need even tighter checks under new agency
The inauguration of the Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency on Oct. 1 as an arm of the Defense Ministry has raised concerns about a rapid expansion of Japan’s arms exports under a profit-oriented policy.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 29. (Shinichi Iizuka)
EDITORIAL: Japan must have political will to address refugee crisis
As it tries to respond to the unfolding refugee crisis, Japan needs to overcome its traditional reluctance to accept outsiders and consider seriously how to open its door and embrace newcomers.
A student casts a mock vote during a lecture provided by the Aichi prefectural election administration commission at a high school in Aichi Prefecture on Sept. 17. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Schools need workable ideas, not regulations, to teach politics to teens
The education ministry and the internal affairs ministry on Sept. 29 released new supplementary teaching material for senior high school students and a teaching manual following election law revisions in June to lower the voting age from 20 to 18.
A man in his 60s takes his mother in her 80s to a daytime-care facility every morning before he goes to work. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Flexible programs needed for workers caring for family members
Around 2.4 million people in Japan are caring for family members while working. In 2012, 95,000 people quit their jobs to look after their parents and other family members. These government statistics paint a grim picture of how Japanese workers are struggling to provide nursing care to their loved ones.
A man from Homs, Syria, and other refugees wait for immigration clearance to enter Germany on a bridge in Freilassing on the border with Austria on Sept. 27. (The Asahi Shimbun)
EDITORIAL: Nations neighboring Syria need help in coping with refugee crisis
A surge of refugees stampeding into Europe is drawing the world's attention. The European Union has decided to accept 160,000 of them, but that only accounts for a small fraction of the entire number.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announces his new economic policy goals on Sept. 24. (Makiko Ikenaga)
EDITORIAL: 'Abenomics 2' sounds like hollow promises
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears to be trying to shift the focus of his political agenda after the bruising battle over his initiative to enact new national security legislation, which is still facing strong public opposition.
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida shakes hands with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, at the conclusion of their news conference in Moscow on Sept. 21. (The Asahi Shimbun)
EDITORIAL: Japan should work with U.S., Europe to increase pressure on Russia
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida’s recent visit to Moscow, where he held talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, highlighted the Kremlin’s tough stance toward Japan more than anything else.
The Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons in New York on May 22 (Ichiro Matsuo)
EDITORIAL: Japan ideally positioned to push for ambitious nuclear disarmament agenda
The 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), held this spring at U.N. headquarters in New York, failed to produce a formal final document.
The 14th Dalai Lama (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: China needs to grant genuine autonomy to Tibetan people
Occupying the highlands of western China at an average elevation of 4,000 meters, Tibet marked the 50th anniversary of the foundation of its autonomous region on Sept. 1.
Visitors look at models of North Korea's Scud-B missile, center left, and other South Korean missiles on display at the Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul Sept. 15. (AP Photo)
EDITORIAL: Missile, nuclear tests will only hurt North Korea’s own interests
North Korea has indicated it will test-launch long-range ballistic missiles disguised as rockets to bring satellites into space and carry out its fourth nuclear weapons test.
A crowd of protesters rally against the security legislation near the Diet building early on Sept. 19. (Sayuri Ide)
EDITORIAL: Passage of security bills marks start of rebuilding Japan’s democracy
After Japanese lawmakers passed deeply controversial national security legislation in the early hours on Sept. 19, shouts of pure anger repeatedly burst from protesters who had gathered in front of the Diet building.
Ruling party lawmakers applaud as the security legislation passes the Upper House on Sept. 19. (Shogo Koshida)
EDITORIAL: Ugly scenes at the Diet make a mockery of the institution
Ugly scenes of pandemonium erupted Sept. 17 at an Upper House special committee as it passed contentious national security legislation. The committee chairman, mobbed by lawmakers, was invisible and his voice inaudible due to the rabble. Even those attending the proceedings didn’t know what was going on.
Armed with assault rifles, Ground Self-Defense Force servicemen run toward a logistics support base during a joint drill with the U.S. army in California on Sept. 6. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Abe creating new 'safety myth' with security legislation
An Upper House special committee passed bitterly contentious security legislation on Sept. 17 while the Diet was mired in a fierce imbroglio between the ruling and opposition camps and surrounded by masses of protesters.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe leaves the Diet at 4:25 a.m. on Sept. 17 (Shinichi Iizuka)
EDITORIAL: Passage of security legislation will only start long, grueling constitutional debate
The political battle over government-drafted national security legislation between the ruling and opposition camps has reached its final phase amid mounting public protests.
Refugees wait for a bus to go to a shelter on Sept. 13 in Roszke, southern Hungary. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Refugee problem cannot be left to Justice Ministry alone
Various nations are opening their doors to refugees, mainly from Syria, who are arriving in Europe in hordes. Following Canada, Australia and Venezuela, the United States last week announced that President Barack Obama instructed the government to prepare for the admission of 10,000 Syrian refugees per year.

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