May 01, 2013
In a recent interview with The New York Times, Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose committed a verbal faux pas that raises serious questions about Tokyo's appropriateness as a possible host of the Olympic Games.
April 30, 2013
A government-sponsored ceremony to commemorate the restoration of sovereignty to the Japanese people and Japan’s return to the international community 61 years ago was held in Tokyo on April 28.
April 29, 2013
The relationship between Japan and South Korea is reminiscent of the Greek myth of Sisyphus, the ancient king condemned to repeat forever the same meaningless task of pushing a boulder up a mountain, only to see it roll down again.
April 27, 2013
The Bank of Japan, which has embarked on an unprecedentedly aggressive monetary easing policy, announced April 26 that it expects an inflation rate of 1.9 percent, excluding the effects of the scheduled consumption tax increase, for fiscal 2015.
April 26, 2013
Yasukuni Shrine is a place for bereaved families and citizens to calmly pay their respects to the war dead.
April 25, 2013
The Nuclear Regulation Authority has effectively put a hold on Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd.’s plan to start running its nuclear reprocessing plant in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture.
April 24, 2013
Hot on the heels of visits by three Abe Cabinet members, dozens of lawmakers from the ruling and opposition camps paid homage at Yasukuni Shrine, where Japan's war dead and Class-A war criminals are honored, on April 23.
April 23, 2013
We have to wonder what the Abe administration has in mind when it comes to Japan’s strained relations with its neighbors, which urgently need to be fixed.
April 22, 2013
Top financial policymakers of the Group of 20 major countries recently gave their acquiescence to Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda’s aggressive monetary easing. The focus of discussions at the latest G-20 meeting of finance ministers and central bankers, held in Washington, was Kuroda’s radical policy, which he himself has described as “monetary easing of a different dimension,” and the yen’s rapid depreciation against the dollar triggered by his policy.
April 20, 2013
The ban on the use of the Internet for election campaigns will finally be lifted in Japan, starting with the Upper House poll in July.
April 19, 2013
Preparations until recently were in full swing for a summit meeting among Japan, China and South Korea in late May. It now appears that the trilateral gathering will be put off because of China's reluctance to sit at the same table as Japan, according to reports.
April 18, 2013
A recent ruling by the Osaka District Court on the safety of two nuclear reactors didn’t signal a shift in attitude on the issue.
April 17, 2013
The Supreme Court on April 16 recognized a woman posthumously as a Minamata disease sufferer, challenging the government's traditional reluctance to certify patients and sending the message that it should return to the starting point in providing relief.
April 16, 2013
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on April 15 completed a tour that brought him to South Korea, China and Japan. The main theme for Kerry’s first East Asian tour since he took office in February was how to tackle the intractable situation surrounding North Korea.
April 15, 2013
When Japan's Supreme Court ruled in 1959 that U.S. forces should be allowed to remain in Japan despite the pacifist Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution, what went on behind the scenes?
April 13, 2013
Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy, starts a week-long visit to Japan on April 13 at the invitation of the Foreign Ministry. It is her first trip to Japan in 27 years.
April 12, 2013
The Nuclear Regulation Authority's proposal for new regulation standards, released on April 10, shows specifically which nuclear reactors should be short-listed as unfit to be put back online for safety reasons.
April 11, 2013
Japan and Taiwan have just signed an agreement on fishing rights around the disputed Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture.
April 10, 2013
The pain of the March 2011 nuclear disaster will be shared not only by people serviced by Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, but also by those living in other regions.
April 09, 2013
Tokyo Electric Power Co. has acknowledged that radioactive water leaked from two underground storage tanks at the utility’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.