Masakazu Saito talks in Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, on April 8 about his plan to go to the United States this month to call for elimination of nuclear weapons. (Naoaki Terasawa)
EDITORIAL: NPT conference should carve out path to freeing world of nuclear weapons
A quinquennial Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), where officials from about 190 countries will discuss nuclear disarmament and other related issues, is set to open April 27.
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EDITORIAL: Careful debate needed on use of GPS data for criminal probes
Many cellphones nowadays can show the user’s location on the basis of a satellite-based global positioning system. This allows mobile service providers to know the exact current locations of their subscribers who are using cellphones equipped with GPS.
Drones are for sale at a shop in Osaka’s Chuo Ward on April 22. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Japan must urgently take steps to prevent misuse of drones
A small, camera-equipped drone was discovered on the roof of the prime minister’s office building in Tokyo on April 22.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a speech at the summit meeting of the Asian-African Conference in Jakarta on April 22. (The Asahi Shimbun)
EDITORIAL: Abe must not destroy a foundation for the future
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe once observed that “a foundation for the future cannot be something severed from the past.” He should never forget that these words came from his own mouth.
A meeting of ruling coalition members on the national security legislation held on April 17 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Security legislation riddled with loopholes
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner, Komeito, reached agreement April 21 on the last pending issue concerning the planned national security legislation, the main focus of the current Diet session.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers questions from Mizuho Fukushima, a lawmaker of the opposition Social Democratic Party, during an Upper House Budget Committee session on April 1. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Ruling LDP, Abe administration ratchet up pressure on dissenting voices
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has recently been acting in an outrageous manner in dealing with dissenting opinions.
Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei talks about the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in Beijing on March 6. (Satoru Sekiguchi)
EDITORIAL: Japan, U.S., China need to broaden perspective to deal with new era
Many people in the world wonder what kind of future China is trying to carve out for itself by barreling down a path of economic growth.
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga is surrounded by reporters after his first meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on April 17. (Shiro Nishihata)
EDITORIAL: If it is true to its word, Tokyo must hold constructive dialogue with Okinawa
In a long-awaited meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga expressed his determination to oppose the central government’s plan to relocate a U.S. military base within his prefecture.
Shigeaki Koga, a bureaucrat-turned commentator, talks about Japanese media and government during a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan on April 16. (The Asahi Shimbun)
EDITORIAL: LDP’s intervention in broadcasting unacceptable
TV programs whose appropriateness has been questioned certainly contained problems. But that doesn’t mean the powers that be should be allowed to casually take action that can be seen as “intervention” in TV broadcasting.
Kazuo Kitagawa, center, deputy head of Komeito, talks in a ruling parties’ meeting on current security legislation. Discussions on the proposed new laws resumed in Tokyo on April 14. (Shinichi Iizuka)
EDITORIAL: Abe tries to pull the wool over our eyes with security legislation
Security legislation of historic magnitude proposed by the Abe administration is the focus of the current Diet session. Once passed, it would fundamentally change the path Japan’s defense policy has been following since the end of World War II.
The No. 3 and No. 4 reactors of Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture on April 7 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Judiciary sends strong warning to nuclear industry
The Fukui District Court on April 14 issued an injunction ordering Kansai Electric Power Co. not to restart the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at the Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture. With the injunction taking effect immediately, the utility cannot restart the reactors unless the injunction is reversed in future appellate procedures.
An African seeking refugee status in Japan says in Tokyo on Nov. 28, 2014, that he was forced to spend several months living in parks and other locations. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Refugees left out of Abe's international contribution policy
Refugees are people who could experience social suffering and face serious danger if they return to their home countries.
A coal-fired thermal power station in Matsuura, Nagasaki Prefecture. Burning coal aggravates global warming due to higher levels of carbon dioxide emissions, compared with other energy sources.  (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Japan must not continue turning back on fight against global warming
Japan could end up being the hare in the Aesop fable, “The Tortoise and the Hare,” if it continues on like this.
An electronic screen displays the Nikkei stock index briefly topping the 20,000-point mark on April 10. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
EDITORIAL: Nikkei’s rise does not indicate real economic recovery
The Nikkei stock average temporarily rose above the 20,000 threshold on April 10 for the first time in 15 years.
A solar power station in Seika, Kyoto Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: A more ambitious renewable energy target is feasible
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is considering an energy policy target of raising the renewable energy share in Japan’s overall energy mix to the lower half of the 20-percent range by 2030.
Emperor Hirohito and Empress Michiko are greeted by local children when they arrived at the airport in Palau on April 8. (Pool)
EDITORIAL: Imperial couple’s visit to Palau a fine example of reflection on history
The trip of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko to the island nation of Palau offers a good opportunity for us to think closely about World War II.
A pilot operates a flight simulator for a Boeing 787 passenger jet at an All Nippon Airways training center in Kumamoto Prefecture in May 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Pilot shortage no excuse for compromises on air travel safety
The continued growth in air travel, due largely to the proliferation of low-cost carriers, has created a serious pilot shortage on a global scale.
A social science textbook for junior high schools refers to the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (The Asahi Shimbun)
EDITORIAL: Textbooks should make children think, not memorize government stance
School textbooks should not serve as the government’s public relations materials.
Visitors observe the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima on April 4, a day before the 100th anniversary of the completion of the building. (Gen Okamoto)
EDITORIAL: Atomic Bomb Dome continues to deliver vital message to the world
April 5 marked the 100th anniversary of the completion of the Atomic Bomb Dome in 1915 under the name of the Hiroshima Prefectural Commercial Exhibition.
Haruhiko Kuroda, the governor of the Bank of Japan (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Exit strategy needed for BOJ's quantitative easing policy
Two years have passed since the Bank of Japan, led by Governor Haruhiko Kuroda, introduced the “different dimension” monetary easing program that has pumped unprecedented amounts of cash into the economy.

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