July 29, 2014
North Korea has kept up a series of provocative missile launches this year. In its latest test, apparently a political gesture, North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan off its eastern coast on July 26.
July 28, 2014
A recent survey jointly conducted by The Asahi Shimbun and Hitotsubashi University has found that 80 percent of municipalities throughout the country that responded to the questionnaire are willing to promote renewable energies for regional development.
July 26, 2014
The Abe administration has revealed a plan to temporarily redeploy a fleet of MV-22 Osprey aircraft from the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in the city of Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, to Saga Airport, a commercial facility.
July 25, 2014
No matter how many precautions you take, you cannot completely prevent wrongdoing and criminal activity.
July 24, 2014
Voters in Indonesia have elected Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo as their new president. Joko will be a president who is neither a former top military officer nor a man with a political pedigree.
July 23, 2014
No attack against a commercial airliner can ever be condoned. When one occurs, the international community has a duty to thoroughly investigate to help keep the skies safe.
July 22, 2014
Some 200,000 people in Japan suffering from mental illness have been in hospital for a year or longer. About 65,000 of them have been hospitalized for a decade or more.
July 21, 2014
It is highly doubtful whether the proposed guidelines concerning the designation and declassification of information under the state secrets law will actually be an effective safeguard of the people’s right to know.
July 19, 2014
China’s economy saw substantial growth in the April-June quarter. The country’s gross domestic product increased by 7.5 percent during the three months from a year earlier, the National Bureau of Statistics announced July 16.
July 18, 2014
The Supreme Court on July 17 ruled that the legal relationship between a father and a child cannot be disestablished even if genetic testing proves the man has no biological ties to the child.
July 17, 2014
The nuclear catastrophe that struck in 2011 raised a wide range of grave issues for Japanese politics and society. But none of them has been answered satisfactorily.
July 16, 2014
No matter how hard Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tries to reassure the public that he has their best interests at heart, he cannot cover up the inconsistency between his words and what his Cabinet has set in motion by reinterpreting the Constitution to allow the nation to exercise the right to collective self-defense.
July 15, 2014
Voters in Shiga Prefecture gave a sharp “no” to the Abe administration’s rush to restart idled nuclear reactors.
July 14, 2014
In his book of essays titled “Fu fu fu fu” (Ha ha ha ha), novelist and playwright Hisashi Inoue (1934-2010) wrote something to this effect:
July 12, 2014
Benesse Holdings Inc., a major education services provider, has disclosed that a huge amount of personal data about its customers, including children, has been leaked.
July 11, 2014
Tragedies linked to the use of “dappo” (law-evading) drugs continue to occur.
July 10, 2014
A Japanese court once again ruled that hate rallies staged by a right-wing citizens group against a Korean school in Kyoto are illegal.
July 09, 2014
On July 7, 1937, the Republic of China's National Revolutionary Army and the Imperial Japanese Army exchanged fire at the Lugou (Marco Polo) Bridge in suburban Beijing, triggering the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945). China marked the 77th anniversary of this incident on July 7 with a grand ceremony, attended by President Xi Jinping, at the Museum of the War of Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression in Beijing.
July 08, 2014
Two key individuals of the nation’s nuclear safety watchdog were in the news last weekend. Neither matter should be overlooked.
July 07, 2014
One major challenge facing today’s highly networked society is how to protect the privacy of individuals while making good use of the vast amount of personal information flowing through the Internet.