Takanori Fujita, representative director of Hotplus, during a recent interview (Soichi Furuya)
POINT OF VIEW/ Takanori Fujita: In a fair society, poor seniors should not eat grass to survive
As a social worker who has assisted impoverished people for more than a decade, I have seen more cases of salaried workers falling into poverty after leading ordinary lives.
Tomoshi Okuda, director of Hoboku, in Kita-Kyushu (Jun Kaneko)
INTERVIEW/ Tomoshi Okuda: Abe’s ‘dynamic engagement' of all citizens needs prerequisites
The creation of a “society in which all citizens are dynamically engaged,” a slogan put forth by the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is premised on the availability of a suitable social environment, according to a social activist.
Morihiro Hosokawa (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
POINT OF VIEW/ Morihiro Hosokawa: Approach to erotic art illustrates Japanese aversion to making waves
As chairman of the Eisei-Bunko Museum in Tokyo, I was busy catching up on media inquiries over the three months through late December, when we were holding Japan’s first serious exhibition of "shunga," traditional Japanese erotic prints and paintings.
Professional tennis player Kimiko Date-Krumm during a recent interview (Photo by Kenji Murakami)
POINT OF VIEW/ Kimiko Date-Krumm: I got 'second serve' on maiden name after letting it go
I have had opportunities to learn about the variety of ways family names are used, and to choose one for myself, because I have interacted, through tennis, with people from other countries and my spouse happened to be a non-Japanese.
The shipyard of a bankrupt Chinese subsidiary of a South Korean shipbuilder in a suburb of Dalian, Liaoning province, in July (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
POINT OF VIEW/ Shinichi Seki: 6.8% growth forecast for China in 2016
China’s real GDP in the July-September period was 6.9 percent compared with the same period the previous year, falling below 7 percent for the first time in six years.
Anri Nomiyama of Seifuku Kojo Iinkai during a recent interview (Photo by Hiroshi Kawamoto)
POINT OF VIEW/ Anri Nomiyama: Why ban political activities in high schools?
With suffrage for 18-year-olds soon to be introduced, the education ministry recently scrapped a 1969 ban on high school students engaging in political activities, deciding to allow their participation only outside school grounds.
Gerald L. Curtis during an interview in New York (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
INTERVIEW/ Gerald L. Curtis: Japan’s 'coping' diplomacy, challenged by changing world order
The nature of Japan’s diplomacy can best be characterized as a “coping strategy,” according to one of the most distinguished experts on Japan in the United States.
Jacob Frenkel, chairman of the G-30's board of trustees, speaks in New York. (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
INTERVIEW/ Jacob Frenkel: Unconventional monetary policy risks unintended consequences
An expected U.S. interest rate hike will not signal the end of the global financial crisis but the beginning of a "journey" to normalization, said the former chairman of the Group of Thirty, which brings together 30 economic and monetary experts.
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a visit to Tokyo in July. (Pool)
POINT OF VIEW/ Keiichiro Oizumi: In ironic move, Thailand starts diverse range of economic policies
The Thai administration of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha reshuffled the Cabinet in August and immediately announced economic stimulus measures focused on supporting farming communities and small and midsize enterprises and attracting foreign businesses.
Bill Gates speaks in an interview with The Asahi Shimbun at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle on Oct. 27. (Photo by John Lok)
Bill Gates emphasizes potential for philanthropy in interview before visit to Japan
SEATTLE--Since Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates moved into philanthropy, he has contributed to projects aimed at reducing infectious diseases such as polio and malaria because one of his top priorities has been to “reduce the inequity in childhood survival.”
Author Kaoru Takamura is interviewed in Suita, Osaka Prefecture. (The Asahi Shimbun)
INTERVIEW/ Kaoru Takamura: No one willing to take responsibility for restarting nuclear reactors
OSAKA--An author who wrote a novel themed on a terrorist attack on a nuclear plant 20 years before the Fukushima disaster unfolded criticized the government for seeking to restart idled reactors as if on cruise control.
U.S. Sen. John McCain during an interview in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
INTERVIEW/ John McCain: Not satisfied with U.S. freedom of navigation operations in South China Sea
U.S. Sen. John McCain, chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, criticized the Obama administration over its freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea.
Lawmaker Taro Yamamoto does the "cow walk" to delay a vote on a censure motion against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Upper House plenary session on Sept. 18. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
POINT OF VIEW/ Taro Yamamoto: ‘Cow walk’ in Diet aimed at demonstrating reality of politics
Clad in a mourning suit and using a gesture of burning incense at a funeral, I “cow walked” (walked at a snail’s pace to the ballot box to delay proceedings) in the Diet all alone. That was on Sept. 19, when the Upper House voted on and approved the new security legislation.
Annick Girardin, left, and Baroness Anelay (Provided by British Embassy)
POINT OF VIEW/ Baroness Anelay and Annick Girardin: To fight climate change, we can do at least this much
Everyone knows that some small island states, such as the Maldives in the Indian Ocean or Tuvalu in the Pacific, face serious risks to their survival if we do not take effective action to address climate change and curb rising sea levels. At a dinner convened jointly between France and Britain in London recently, a group of representatives from such small island states described the severity of the threat they face. They are understandably pushing hard for all nations to do more to cut emissions and help prevent the worst impacts of climate change.
Due to a slowing economy, condominium buildings remain vacant in an industrial district outside Dalian, Liaoning province, in July. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
POINT OF VIEW/ Shinichi Seki: Monetary easing not helping China’s economy
China’s government is adopting a clear stance of vigilance regarding economic deceleration, and it is working out monetary-easing measures.
David Atkinson is interviewed by The Asahi Shimbun. (Ken Aso)
INTERVIEW/ David Atkinson: Inbound tourists, or 'short-term immigrants,' key to Japanese economic growth
A sharp rise in the number of inbound tourists has the same effect as a population increase, and is one of the options to improve economic growth in Japan. That is one proposal made by David Atkinson, 50, a former financial analyst who has lived in Japan for 25 years.
Jinshiro Motoyama (Photo by Wataru Sekita)
POINT OF VIEW/ Jinshiro Motoyama: Protests against security legislation a new form of democracy in action
I am a member of SEALDs, short for “Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy-s,” a movement by those in their teens and early 20s.
Hirokazu Ouchi (Photo by Yuji Moronaga)
POINT OF VIEW/ Hirokazu Ouchi: Specter of 'economic draft' fuels protests to security legislation
Military service in the United States is volunteer-based, but the system is described as an “economic draft” on the basis of the way it is in actuality.
Mark Thompson, president and CEO of The New York Times, talks about the future of journalism in an interview with The Asahi Shimbun. (Takeshi Iwashita)
INTERVIEW/ Mark Thompson: NYT's ties with IT firms will not change journalistic legacy
The New York Times, once known as "The Gray Lady" newspaper of record, has moved swiftly to expand its digital operations in recent years.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks about the maritime Silk Road initiative at a news conference in the Myanmar capital of Naypyidaw in 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
POINT OF VIEW/ Junya Sano: China goes on ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative
Against the backdrop of expectations of surplus inventory clearance and a new engine of growth, the administration of President Xi Jinping is putting all its strength behind the realization of the “One Belt, One Road” initiative.

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