April 05, 2013
The Bank of Japan under new Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on April 4 decided on a new monetary-easing policy as part of efforts to "do everything possible" to achieve a 2-percent annual inflation target in two years.
April 04, 2013
United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said the nuclear crisis generated by North Korea "has already gone too far."
April 03, 2013
Since science represents humanity's collective intelligence, it has no national borders. As such, it does quite fine without contributions from researchers in some countries.
April 02, 2013
How should sensitive issues concerning modern and contemporary history and territorial disputes be taught at school? This question is debated almost annually at this time of the year, when the results of the education ministry’s screening of school textbooks are announced.
April 01, 2013
Efforts to tackle the tough challenges facing the Japanese system to train legal professionals should focus not on the interests of legal experts but on the benefits of citizens and users.
March 30, 2013
With its rapidly aging population, Japan will need to increasingly rely on help provided by foreign health care workers.
March 29, 2013
What will our communities look like in 2040? How should welfare and education systems be adjusted to meet the drastic changes taking place in the country's demographic composition? As voters, we should seize the opportunity to ponder these questions.
March 28, 2013
A series of recent high court rulings on the disparity in the value of votes between some single-seat constituencies in last year’s Lower House election has come as a fresh reminder of the outrageous state of politics in this country.
March 27, 2013
Careful attention is needed during the re-examination of employment rules to prevent workers from getting the short end of the stick.
March 26, 2013
According to the eighth-century Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters), the oldest chronicle in Japan, the nation was born when the gods stirred the sea water with a pike and produced globs that formed islands.
March 25, 2013
Contrary to their pledges for cooperation, China and Russia have different purposes in the Asia-Pacific region although they are in similar circumstances. Japan should calmly analyze the situation and take measures for its national interests and regional stability.
March 23, 2013
The Defense Ministry on March 22 submitted a land reclamation application to Okinawa Prefecture to build a new airfield off Henoko, in the city of Nago, that would replace the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.
March 22, 2013
A power blackout at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant resulted in a long stoppage in the circulation of water that cools spent fuel in several pools.
March 21, 2013
Just as each individual regards certain dates as unforgettable, every nation or society also has particular days deeply etched in its collective memory.
March 20, 2013
The Iraq war started on March 20 exactly 10 years ago.
March 19, 2013
The government’s estimates of damage from a monster earthquake occurring in the Nankai Trough off the coast of western Japan are certainly mind-boggling. But we should not dwell too much on the enormity of anticipated damage from such an epic disaster.
March 18, 2013
For years, Japan, under a national policy, has been seeking to build a nuclear fuel recycling system that extracts plutonium from spent fuel through reprocessing for reuse as new fuel. But the “nuclear fuel cycle” has yet to be realized.
March 16, 2013
On March 15, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that Japan would participate in ongoing negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade liberalization agreement.
March 15, 2013
Is Japanese society difficult for young people to live in?
March 14, 2013
There are signs that this year's "shunto" spring labor negotiations are shaping up to become a major turning point in the wage trend in this country.