December 10, 2013
A political earthquake has shaken North Korea’s power structure, prompting the international community to closely watch the situation to find out what is actually happening to the secretive dictatorship.
December 09, 2013
To end all unfair discrimination in the world, it is not enough to just take power from the political forces that enforce discrimination.
December 07, 2013
The Upper House passed legislation on Dec. 6 to protect confidential information concerning national security. Serious thought must be given to the grave implications from the viewpoints of the political system and the Constitution.
December 06, 2013
An Upper House special committee approved the state secrets protection bill Dec. 5.
December 05, 2013
The security situation in the East China Sea, which falls between Japan, China and South Korea, is becoming increasingly complicated.
December 04, 2013
The ruling coalition wants the Upper House to quickly finish deliberations on the state secrets protection bill and vote on it before the current Diet session closes on Dec. 6.
December 03, 2013
Ruling party heavyweight Shigeru Ishiba’s remarks about people protesting the state secrets protection bill raised serious doubts about his understanding of how democracy works and underscored the dangerous nature of the legislation.
December 02, 2013
Iran, a regional power in the Middle East, has struck a deal on its nuclear program with the United States and five other world powers.
November 30, 2013
With their local industries in a decline, the depopulated aging communities on islands of the Seto Inland Sea appeared to have a grim future.
November 29, 2013
A court issued a severe warning against political negligence on Nov. 28.
November 28, 2013
The Upper House started debating the contentious bill to protect state secrets on Nov. 27. As we have repeatedly pointed out, this piece of legislation, passed by the Lower House a day earlier, is defective.
November 27, 2013
In what can only be termed the power of the majority in the wrong hands, the ruling coalition railroaded the state secrets protection bill though the Lower House on Nov. 26.
November 26, 2013
Mending frosty relations between Japan and China and restoring mutual trust requires sensible efforts by both countries.
November 25, 2013
I opened and read the minutes of deliberations on a military secrets protection bill in the prewar Imperial Diet.
November 23, 2013
The state secrets protection bill currently before the Diet is a weighty piece of legislation that has a serious bearing on freedom of expression, a basic human right.
November 22, 2013
Opposition parties are redefining the word “pathetic.”
November 21, 2013
As an elected body, the Diet has to reflect the people's will in election results.
November 20, 2013
When the state secrets protection bill becomes law, how will important diplomatic documents from the past be treated?
November 19, 2013
Tokyo Electric Power Co. has started removing spent and unused nuclear fuel from the No. 4 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. This is an important step to lessen the danger posed by the nuclear complex, which was wrecked in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster.
November 18, 2013
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Nov. 14 officially disclosed their wishes concerning their own funerals and mausoleums.