January 27, 2016
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.
January 20, 2016
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.
POINT OF VIEW/ Morihiro Hosokawa: Approach to erotic art illustrates Japanese aversion to making waves
January 19, 2016
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.
January 13, 2016
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.
January 07, 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.
January 05, 2016
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.
December 22, 2015
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.
December 09, 2015
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.
December 07, 2015
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.
December 05, 2015
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.”
December 05, 2015
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.
November 25, 2015
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.
November 22, 2015
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.
POINT OF VIEW/ Baroness Anelay and Annick Girardin: To fight climate change, we can do at least this much
November 18, 2015
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.
November 06, 2015
China’s government is adopting a clear stance of vigilance regarding economic deceleration, and it is working out monetary-easing measures.
INTERVIEW/ David Atkinson: Inbound tourists, or 'short-term immigrants,' key to Japanese economic growth
October 26, 2015
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.
POINT OF VIEW/ Jinshiro Motoyama: Protests against security legislation a new form of democracy in action
October 18, 2015
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.
October 10, 2015
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.
October 08, 2015
The New York Times, once known as "The Gray Lady" newspaper of record, has moved swiftly to expand its digital operations in recent years.
October 06, 2015
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.