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World News >> Japan

Japan’s defense chief vows to push for fishermen’s compensation after U.S. F-16 fuel dump in Aomori
Defense chief Itsunori Onodera says he will look into compensating fishermen forced to halt work when a U.S. F-16 with engine trouble dumped fuel over ...
02/24/2018 - 02:04 AM


Severed head found in Osaka suitcase thought to be that of missing Hyogo woman; American in custody
Police investigating the disappearance of a Hyogo woman Saturday found what appears to her severed head in a suitcase left at a lodging facility in ...
02/24/2018 - 09:40 AM


One-dose flu drug Xofluza gets nod from health ministry
Osaka-based drugmaker Shionogi & Co. has announced that the health ministry gave it approval to manufacture and market its new flu drug Xofluza, which requires ...
02/24/2018 - 09:26 AM


Japan bobsled makers miss out on Olympic games glory
On Feb. 17, the BBC reported that the Jamaican women’s bobsled team would compete in its “preferred sled” at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South ...
02/24/2018 - 08:55 AM


Success of Pyeongchang Olympic mascots leaves Japan in a bind
While the performances of athletes have hogged much of the spotlight at the Pyeongchang Olympics, it’s been hard to ignore the stuffed tigers the winners ...
02/24/2018 - 08:54 AM


What’s to become of humanity when AI replaces us all?
Humanity is turning a corner. The signpost is marked “AI.” Everyone knows what it stands for. Who knows what it means?We know what it’s beginning ...
02/24/2018 - 08:53 AM


Tsunami-hit Okawa Elementary holds ceremony ahead of closure in March
The elementary school in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, where more than 80 pupils and teachers lost their lives to tsunami on March 11, 2011, held a ...
02/24/2018 - 07:57 AM


Hibakusha storytellers get state funding for travel
Japan decides to fund the global travels of its A-bomb storytellers to make it easier for schools and other interested parties to host them.
02/24/2018 - 04:27 AM


Record number of seniors gave up driver’s licenses in 2017: NPA
More seniors are giving up their licenses as the government makes renewing and maintaining them harder to do in the face of rising traffic accidents.
02/24/2018 - 03:37 AM


‘Premium Friday’ got off to lukewarm start in 2017 with 11% participation: METI
The consumer spending campaign isn’t gaining much traction outside big cities, but the economy ministry and the private sector promise to forge on with more ...
02/24/2018 - 03:31 AM


U.S. prepares high-seas crackdown on North Korea sanctions evaders, sources say
The Trump administration and key Asian allies are preparing to expand interceptions of ships suspected of violating sanctions on North Korea, a plan that could ...
02/24/2018 - 03:02 AM


‘Peace Games’ are no game-changer for South Koreans
South Korea’s self-styled “Peace Games” have been a sporting success, but public reaction suggests Seoul may have failed its bigger test — to generate the ...
02/24/2018 - 01:32 AM


U.S. may rejoin TPP if it were ‘much better deal,’ Trump says
President Donald Trump said Friday the United States may rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership if the pending regional free trade agreement were a “much better deal” ...
02/23/2018 - 10:56 PM


Trump tells conservative conference that some teachers should be armed
U.S. President Donald Trump told conservatives Friday that even Second Amendment supporters can get behind steps to fight gun violence in schools, offering a red-meat ...
02/23/2018 - 10:43 PM


Ex-Trump aide Rick Gates pleads guilty and will cooperate in Russia probe
A former senior adviser to President Donald Trump’s election campaign pleaded guilty Friday to federal conspiracy and false-statements charges, switching from defendant to cooperating witness ...
02/23/2018 - 09:47 PM


U.S. military helicopter flies over Okinawa school despite promise to avoid it
A U.S. military helicopter flew over an elementary school adjacent to an air base in Okinawa on Friday afternoon despite a promise to avoid doing ...
02/23/2018 - 09:18 PM


Sunday’s Tokyo Marathon will cause road closures, officials warn
Tokyo residents and visitors to the capital will face road closures starting early Sunday morning due to the 12th annual Tokyo Marathon.The Tokyo Marathon Foundation, ...
02/23/2018 - 09:46 AM


South Korean lawmakers demand execution of North’s Olympic delegate
South Korean lawmakers protested Friday over a visit by a top North Korean general for the Pyeongchang Olympics, labelling him a war criminal over the ...
02/23/2018 - 09:28 AM


‘Dreamless’ mice in Japan help unravel the mystery of sleep
A dream can sometimes stay with us all day, perhaps even longer. Other times we wake up and don’t really remember much of what we’ve ...
02/23/2018 - 05:44 AM


Nissan and DeNA to launch self-driving taxi trial in Yokohama
Nissan and the game maker plan to hold a two-week experiment in Yokohama to develop a ride-hailing app for self-driving cabs.
02/23/2018 - 05:08 AM


Kyoto struggles to keep buses running on time amid surge in overseas visitors
As more foreign travelers visit the historic Japanese capital of Kyoto crowded and delayed city buses have become a headache for local citizens, prompting traffic ...
02/23/2018 - 04:32 AM


Kyoto develops new niche, hosting wedding ceremonies for international couples who cherish traditional Japan
More and more couples from overseas are holding wedding ceremonies in Kyoto, attracted by the ancient capital’s reputation as symbolizing traditional Japanese culture.In 2015 the ...
02/23/2018 - 04:28 AM


WTO backs Japan complaint against South Korea’s Fukushima import ban
Tokyo welcomes a World Trade Organization ruling against South Korea’s ban on seafood from Fukushima Prefecture but Seoul plans to appeal.
02/23/2018 - 04:02 AM


With Kuroda staying at the BOJ, Japanese firms rush to issue long debt
Japanese companies are selling superlong bonds amid expectations that Haruhiko Kuroda’s reappointment as central bank governor will prolong easy monetary policy, even as increases in ...
02/23/2018 - 03:59 AM


Spain cave findings: Europe’s art scene began with Neanderthals, not Homo sapiens
From the murky depths of Spanish caves comes a surprising insight: Neanderthals created art.That has been proposed before, but experts say two new studies finally ...
02/23/2018 - 03:41 AM


Takata reaches settlement with 44 U.S. states over air bag probe
Takata Corp. has reached an agreement with 44 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., to settle allegations that the Japanese company concealed safety issues related to ...
02/23/2018 - 02:59 AM


Nana Takagi zooms to gold in women’s mass start final
Japan’s Nana Takagi won the gold medal in the women’s mass start final at Gangneung Oval on Saturday night.The gold was the second here for ...
02/24/2018 - 09:00 AM


Japan women’s curling squad triumphs over Great Britain in bronze-medal match
Japan’s incredible run in women’s curling culminated in a 5-3 win Saturday over Great Britain in the bronze-medal match.With the win, Japan skip Satsuki Fujisawa ...
02/24/2018 - 09:28 AM


Lee Seung-hoon delivers mighty finish to nab top prize in men’s mass start
Top favorite Lee Seung-hoon skated a masterful race and unleashed a final sprint that no one could match to take gold for South Korea in ...
02/24/2018 - 08:41 AM


U.S. men outplay Sweden for first Olympic curling title
American skip John Shuster produced a masterstroke to earn a rare five-pointer as the United States beat Sweden 10-7 to win its first ever Olympic ...
02/24/2018 - 05:30 AM


Iivo Niskanen triumphs in 50-km mass start race for Finland’s first gold of Pyeongchang Games
Iivo Niskanen put on new skis with 10 kilometers remaining in the 50-km cross-country mass start race.Russian rival Alexander Bolshunov did not. The tactical decision ...
02/24/2018 - 05:01 AM


Jo scores decisive goal as Grampus top Gamba in return to J1
Nagoya Grampus marked their return to the top flight in winning style Saturday with a 3-2 away victory over Gamba Osaka.Following a year in the ...
02/24/2018 - 04:55 AM


Sunwolves lose season opener
The Sunwolves may have opened their 2018 Super Rugby season with a loss Saturday at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground, but there was plenty in ...
02/24/2018 - 04:20 AM


Smile Japan must build on progress
The women’s national ice hockey team, Smile Japan, ended its Olympic tournament with a 2-3 record on Tuesday night following a 1-0 loss to Switzerland ...
02/24/2018 - 04:19 AM


Ester Ledecka claims historic Olympic double with snowboarding gold
Nobody could get close to Ester Ledecka on this slope. Nobody should be too surprised that she took another gold medal, either.The Czech snow star ...
02/24/2018 - 03:22 AM


Swiss come out on top as Alpine team event makes low-key debut
They held a new Olympic skiing event on an Olympic course with Olympic medals at stake in front of a loud, rowdy Olympic crowd Saturday. ...
02/24/2018 - 02:30 AM


Canada’s Sebastien Toutant soars to gold in men’s Big Air
Sebastien Toutant kept waiting for the pain in his back to ease. For three months leading up to the Olympics, it didn’t.Sure, the Canadian snowboarder ...
02/24/2018 - 01:54 AM


Germany in position for four-man bobsled gold
The only nation to come to an Olympics and leave with all three bobsled gold medals was Germany, which pulled off the title triple 12 ...
02/24/2018 - 12:06 AM


Germany stuns Canada in men’s ice hockey semifinals
First curling, now this.It has been a rough few days for Canada at its best Winter Olympics ever because of struggles in the two sports ...
02/23/2018 - 11:20 PM


Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics Day 15: The sweet smell of success
It wasn’t the sunniest day for fans of Japan at the Olympics. South Korea’s seemingly unstoppable “Garlic Girls” beat the Japanese team as they continue ...
02/23/2018 - 09:56 PM


Mike Havenaar equalizer earns Vissel draw against Tosu in J. League season opener
Former Japan international Mike Havenaar scored a late equalizer as Vissel Kobe earned a 1-1 draw at Sagan Tosu as the J. League kicked off ...
02/23/2018 - 08:14 PM


South Korea’s ‘Garlic Girls’ overpower Japan in curling semi
Skipper Kim Eun-jung and the South Korean women’s curling team continued an unlikely run at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Friday, beating Japan to progress to ...
02/23/2018 - 10:45 AM


Nuis wins men’s 1,000-meter crown; Oda finishes fifth
Kjeld Nuis of the Netherlands captured the gold medal in the men’s 1,000-meter speedskating event at the Gangneung Oval on Friday night.The 28-year-old Dutchman won ...
02/23/2018 - 08:27 AM


Switzerland beats Canada for bronze in men’s curling
Switzerland beat Canada 7-5 to take men’s curling bronze Friday at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, sending the pre-tournament favorite home without a medal for the ...
02/23/2018 - 07:53 AM


Second Russian athlete tests positive for doping at Pyeongchang Olympics
A second Russian athlete has failed a doping test at the Pyeongchang Games, a day before the International Olympic Committee’s executive board is to decide ...
02/23/2018 - 07:23 AM


South Korea’s curling ‘Garlic Girls’ taking Olympics by storm
Forget Lindsey Vonn and Adam Rippon. The real rock stars of the Pyeongchang Olympics are a humble group of Korean curlers who have no idea ...
02/23/2018 - 04:53 AM


Alina Zagitova claims figure skating gold with sublime performance
Alina Zagitova won the gold medal with an elegant and poised performance in the free skate at Gangneung Ice Arena on Friday afternoon.The 15-year-old Olympic ...
02/23/2018 - 03:37 AM


Sources: IOC close to allowing Russia to march behind flag
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is edging closer to allowing Russia to march behind its national flag at the Winter Games closing ceremony, sources said, ...
02/23/2018 - 02:19 AM


Kelsey Serwa and Brittany Phelan give Canada 1-2 ski cross finish
Kelsey Serwa turned to best friend and Olympic roommate Brittany Phelan in the starting gate before the women’s ski cross final and went through the ...
02/23/2018 - 12:30 AM


Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics Day 14: A streak is broken
It was a suspenseful hockey match yesterday with the U.S. women’s team beating Canada in overtime. The triumph was the second for the Americans in ...
02/22/2018 - 11:45 PM


Lindsey Vonn scatters grandfather’s ashes in South Korea
Lindsey Vonn came to South Korea with the goal of taking home an Olympic medal and leaving behind something even more special.She did both. The ...
02/22/2018 - 11:31 PM


Japan falls to 0-3 in Asian qualifiers with one-point loss to Taiwan
The Akatsuki Five remain winless in the Asian qualifiers first round for the 2019 World Cup after a 70-69 loss to Taiwan at Yokohama International ...
02/22/2018 - 09:16 AM


What Trump’s tax reforms mean for Americans in Japan
Changes under the U.S. Republican administration are likely to affect the bottom line for individuals and companies here alike.
02/21/2018 - 04:45 AM


Japan Times readers sound off on courtesy, blackface and education
A selection of letters about recent stories on the Community pages.
02/21/2018 - 04:36 AM


Midori Farm: Finding earthy solutions in rural Shiga
Nonprofit turns neglected land into productive farmland and brings together foreign volunteers and local people.
02/18/2018 - 03:05 AM


Akita bijin: a dog named Capella
A very small Akita at only 22 kilograms, Capella is simply charming. Always alert and interested, she loves to romp like a puppy.
02/18/2018 - 02:59 AM


Rowdy tourists and grumpy monks of Mount Koya could do with a dose of Kukai’s wisdom
Could the lessons of the sacred founder buried on Mount Koya bring harmony between foreign visitors and their local hosts?
02/14/2018 - 04:45 AM


With his U.S. scholarships for Japanese students, tycoon Tadashi Yanai could do better
Tycoon's fund is accused of giving help to those who don't need it when it could instead be altering more destinies.
02/11/2018 - 04:00 AM


Views from Osaka: What’s the best time you’ve ever had in this city?
Young people recall their best-ever moments spent out and about in Kansai's famously lively commercial hub.
02/11/2018 - 03:59 AM


Condo management is in need of repairs
On Dec. 18, the Supreme Court’s petit bench ruled against a man from Fukuoka Prefecture who was suing the management association (kanri kumiai) of his ...
02/11/2018 - 03:00 AM


A year in the (short) life of Japan’s Cabinet
Early each year, Law of the Land likes to reflect on what one of Japan’s three branches of government did the previous one. This time ...
02/07/2018 - 03:00 AM


Bringing the great outdoors to Japan’s underserved children
Almost 39,000 children are under government supervision in Japan, and 85 percent are institutionalized in various homes around the nation, according to Human Rights Watch. ...
02/07/2018 - 02:59 AM


The Japan vlogger’s gospel, not according to Logan Paul
In the wake of the Logan Paul "suicide forest" fiasco, YouTubers offer their tips on filming in Japan without infuriating the locals.
01/31/2018 - 05:35 AM


Court cases shine a light on Japan’s problem with paternity leave
Two cases currently before the courts show how the reality of Japanese workplaces can clash with government attempts to encourage fathers to help raise their ...
01/28/2018 - 03:40 AM


Launch a tourist-friendly Seto Inland Sea ferry system and they will come
The 250 or so inhabited islands scattered like pebbles between Honshu and Shikoku have been unfairly relegated to guidebook sidebars labeled "Off the beaten track."
01/28/2018 - 03:39 AM


Destined to be: Dog Chucker finds a family in Tokyo
Chucker was first featured here in June, at a time when he had actually already met his family-to-be at an adoption event some months before.
01/28/2018 - 03:38 AM


Why don’t more Japanese study abroad? The cost and the hassle, survey shows
One student canvasses others and finds expense is crucial — even for well-off families — while support is thin on the ground.
01/24/2018 - 05:40 AM


Filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda doesn’t underestimate the power of observation
In late 1992, Kazuhiro Soda was attending a “company information session” in Tokyo, where young students about to graduate from university were introduced to various ...
02/24/2018 - 08:52 AM


Reylia Slaby: Picturing a brighter future
American photographer on the honesty of a photograph.
02/24/2018 - 08:51 AM


In Taiwan, top chefs are building on a long history of culinary exchange with Japan
At 9 p.m. on a Saturday night, the Raohe Street Night Market in downtown Taipei is heaving. A line snakes in front of a stand ...
02/24/2018 - 08:50 AM


Echi Ponte Vecchio a Osaka: Florence-inspired pizzeria with a view
Chef and Italophile Daisuke Yamane has a thing for a particular bridge that spans the Arno River in Florence: the Ponte Vecchio. While the famous ...
02/24/2018 - 08:48 AM


Craft Beer Market Osaka: Cheap pints of tasty craft
The craft beer explosion in Japan has been a boon for drinkers, but the one bitter note in this success story is price. Generally speaking, ...
02/24/2018 - 08:46 AM


Bringing little-known New York wines to Japan
Running to the west of the center of the city of Fukuoka is the wide, tree-lined boulevard of Keyaki-dori. An upmarket part of town, spots ...
02/24/2018 - 08:44 AM


Starbucks back with its range of cherry blossom-inspired treats
Life in Japan can be measured in seasonal dessert offerings. With Valentine’s Day now in the past, the focus falls squarely on one of the ...
02/24/2018 - 08:42 AM


Sapporo: Famous for its snow, but a delight in green
Sapporo balances a vibrant city feel with the quieter reprieves of lush parks, dense forests and meandering trails that speak to Hokkaido's nature-centric reputation. One ...
02/23/2018 - 05:40 AM


Strong growth potential seen in Asia and Europe
Romanian Viorel Isticioaia-Budura, who heads the delegation of the European Union to Japan, draws inspiration from Asia's cultures and developments in the belief they hint ...
02/19/2018 - 10:22 PM


Reading the Roman alphabet in Japanese isn’t as easy as ABC
Japan's problems with deciding on a standard pronunciation for each letter of the alphabet begin with A (ē or ei) and end with Z (zetto, ...
02/19/2018 - 02:47 AM


Daichi Hara wins first medal for Japan in men’s moguls
On the fourth day of the Pyeongchang Olympics, Daichi Hara took third place in the men's moguls, bringing the first medal for team Japan.
02/19/2018 - 02:45 AM


Let’s discuss ‘obligatory chocolates’
A recent Godiva ad challenged the culture of "obligatory" Valentine's chocolates.
02/19/2018 - 02:44 AM


Getting things out there in Japanese with ‘dasu’
introducing some meanings and uses of the verb 出(だ)す and its compound verbs.
02/19/2018 - 02:42 AM


Washi workshop: Good on paper, better firsthand
“Mummy, where does paper come from?” This was a question recently asked by my young daughter that was easier to answer than her usual string ...
02/18/2018 - 02:31 AM


Changing the way that we live
The perfect room mate Tomotaka Takahashi’s first miniature walking, talking home-robot Robi was notable not only for being sold as a subscription-based DIY kit, but ...
02/18/2018 - 02:30 AM


Swedish man champions the art of sword-crafting
A Swedish man has become an unlikely protector of ancient Japanese swords by learning the art of sword-crafting, despite numerous setbacks including the major earthquakes ...
02/18/2018 - 02:30 AM


Nagaya nostalgia: The long and the short of Tokyo’s famed ‘row houses’
Nagaya have been disappearing from downtown Tokyo for many decades, with row upon row of these “long houses” torn down to make way for more ...
02/17/2018 - 08:51 AM


Yoshihisa Arai: Floating on air in Chicago
At rehearsal a week before the debut of the Joffrey Ballet’s latest production in Chicago, dancer Yoshihisa Arai sat on the ground in the back ...
02/17/2018 - 08:48 AM


Hakkoku: Hiroyuki Sato is striving for the next level of sushi greatness
What makes outstanding sushi? Seafood, balance and technique, for starters.
02/17/2018 - 08:46 AM


Tokyo Saryo: The new stylings of sencha green tea
Japan’s traditional daily drink, sencha green tea, is making a comeback. For too long it’s been crowded out of modern consciousness by the buzz and ...
02/17/2018 - 08:46 AM


Entertainer Mari Natsuki confronts her biggest challenge in a new film role
Mari Natsuki has faced a number of challenges throughout her diverse career but her latest role asked her to attempt something she’s never confronted before ...
02/24/2018 - 08:56 AM


Kazuki Kaneshiro’s Go: Strength and irony in the face of prejudice
One of the most memorable characters in modern Japanese literature is not Japanese. Sugihara, the 17-year-old narrator of “Go,” by Kazuki Kaneshiro, is a third-generation ...
02/24/2018 - 08:34 AM


Chiaki Soma puts on a not-so-common theater festival
In the world of Japanese contemporary drama, the action often takes place offstage as well as on.A case in point is what happened to Chiaki ...
02/22/2018 - 03:52 AM


Awards season blows through Japan with a conspicuous lack of buzz
It’s awards season. Many a film journalist, from those working at the trade papers to those at the major dailies, spend months speculating who’ll get ...
02/22/2018 - 03:02 AM


Japanese actor Ren Osugi, famed for his roles in Takeshi Kitano’s yakuza films, dies at 66
Japanese actor Ren Osugi, best known for his supporting roles in director Takeshi Kitano’s yakuza films, died Wednesday from a heart attack, according to TV ...
02/22/2018 - 01:35 AM


Steven Soderbergh’s thriller ‘Unsane’ shot on iPhone premieres in Berlin
Director Steven Soderbergh said on Wednesday he so enjoyed making his psychological thriller “Unsane” on an iPhone, he would find it hard to go back ...
02/21/2018 - 07:51 PM


Pyeongchang ceremonies’ music director Kunihiko Ryo composes a message of unity
Growing up as an ethnic Korean in Japan has given Kunihiko Ryo a unique perspective on the big picture, something that is especially useful in ...
02/21/2018 - 04:40 AM


‘Going the Distance’: A powerful take on the Japanese definition of family
Marriages in Japan were long between families, with the omiai (arranged marriage) process typically serving to both introduce prospective partners to each other and vet ...
02/21/2018 - 03:04 AM


‘Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms’: Mari Okada’s visuals tell a moving story
Mari Okada is one of the most prominent — and prolific — writers in anime today. A native of Chichibu, Saitama, she’s perhaps best known ...
02/21/2018 - 02:56 AM


George Clooney to join Florida teens in gun control march on Washington
George Clooney and his wife said on Tuesday they are donating $500,000 to the “March for Our Lives” rally in Washington and will walk with ...
02/20/2018 - 05:05 PM


Contemporary dance festival puts modern ‘Genji’ front and center
How do you make a thousand-year-old story resonate with an audience in Osaka today? Tell them that you plan to radically modernize one of the ...
02/20/2018 - 02:23 AM


The best pick and mix of modern art
The current exhibition at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art could be considered a retrospective of Toshio Hara’s career as a collector. Surprisingly, given that ...
02/20/2018 - 02:22 AM


‘New Planet Photo City: William Klein and Photographers Living in the 22nd Century’
Feb. 23-June 10Known for his photojournalism and fashion photography of the 1950s to ’80s, William Klein’s playful humor and unusual techniques greatly influenced modern visual ...
02/20/2018 - 02:21 AM


‘Velazquez and the Celebration of Painting: The Golden Age in the Museo del Prado’
Feb. 24-May 27The Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid was founded in 1819 to showcase works that had been acquired by the Spanish Royal family. ...
02/20/2018 - 02:21 AM


‘The Beauty of Patina: Bronze Art of Ancient China and Japan’
Feb. 24-March 25 ‘Bronze Jia Wine Warmer With Tao-tie Design’ | OSAKA CITY MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS; YAMAGUCHI COLLECTION Excavation findings have shown that ancient ...
02/20/2018 - 02:20 AM


Japanese director’s pro-whaling documentary wins award at London film festival
A 2015 documentary on local supporters of Japan’s traditions of whaling and dolphin-hunting won an international film festival award Saturday in London.
02/18/2018 - 11:00 PM


‘Three Billboards’ and Gary Oldman bag BAFTAs as women make waves at U.K. film awards
Ferocious female-led tragicomedy “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was the big winner Sunday at the British Academy Film Awards in London, where women demanding an ...
02/18/2018 - 07:13 PM


Darkness aside, beauty exists in Tanizaki’s shadows
The darker spaces, as Tanizaki seems to infer, decelerate time; the absence of light heightens our perception of what little exists.
02/17/2018 - 08:34 AM


Pyeongchang’s pop takes home gold
Politics hovered over the opening ceremony of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The pageantry came against a backdrop of geopolitical intrigue, featuring the presence of ...
02/15/2018 - 03:49 AM


‘River’s Edge’: Strong characters make this teen drama more than just a nostalgia trip
Teenagers in seishun eiga (youth movies) tend to be pure-hearted types meant to inspire sighs of nostalgia from older audiences. But anyone who looks back ...
02/15/2018 - 03:37 AM


Protect freelance workers
Freelance workers are not fully covered by protective measures under labor laws. This needs to change.
02/24/2018 - 04:02 AM


How to test your favorite conspiracy theory
In most cases, witnesses are unreliable, and the stories are too complicated to be true.
02/24/2018 - 04:00 AM


Make it easier for elderly people to keep working
If the government wants elderly people to remain in the workforce longer, it must remove obstacles that stand in their way.
02/23/2018 - 04:34 AM


The lessons of Davos 2018 for Japan
The government needs to recognize the difference with other countries in its seriousness toward economic reforms and take much deeper steps.
02/23/2018 - 04:33 AM


The machines are taking over space exploration
Even the hardiest astronaut can't compete with robot labor, but there's a silver lining.
02/23/2018 - 04:30 AM


Perils of trivializing nuclear weapons
The line between the use of conventional and nuclear weapons is growing dangerously thin.
02/22/2018 - 05:42 AM


The geography of dangers is changing
The Japanese government, like its counterparts elsewhere, must do more to stay on top of shifting global security challenges.
02/22/2018 - 05:41 AM


India’s choice in the Maldives
The crisis in Maldives is a defining moment for New Delhi as China encroaches on its traditional sphere of influence.
02/22/2018 - 05:40 AM


LDP’s proposed electoral system amendment
The LDP's proposed electoral system amendment won't solve the vote-value disparity problem and may conflict with the Constitution's Article 43.
02/21/2018 - 05:11 AM


The false promise of missile defense
Excessive spending on missile defense could be detrimental to other defense programs, leading to a weakening of the nation's overall defense capabilities.
02/21/2018 - 05:10 AM


China’s next ideological front
Beijing is tightening the screws on poliical dissent, and Americans are growing more uneasy about the nature of Chinese influence abroad.
02/21/2018 - 05:09 AM


Challenges for Kuroda in his second term
In his second stint, BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda will face as many challenges as in his first term.
02/20/2018 - 06:17 AM


New entrance exam isn’t the right answer
The government is putting the cart before the horse by testing students' ability to think critically without first changing how they are taught.
02/20/2018 - 06:16 AM


It’s amateur hour in the Middle East
Most of the players in Syria don't even have a serious strategy, much less a clue about what they want as a final outcome.
02/20/2018 - 06:15 AM


Here’s who really matters at the Bank of Japan
Masayoshi Amamiya could provide Japan's central bank with much-needed room to maneuver.
02/20/2018 - 06:14 AM


The social media threat to society and security
Global regulation is needed to tame the growing menace that social media giants like Facebook and Google pose to the public and democracy.
02/20/2018 - 06:13 AM


What does the U.S. want in Syria?
The complexity of the Syria situation has far surpassed the world's ability to master it.
02/20/2018 - 06:12 AM


The narrow latitude of Japan’s security policy
Japan's alliance with the U.S. and robust economic growth will remain key to ensuring Japan's national security for the foreseeable future.
02/19/2018 - 04:49 AM


A last chance for the ANC — and South Africa?
Japan should step up efforts to ensure that new South African President Cyril Ramaphosa succeeds as he tries to reorient his country and overcome the ...
02/19/2018 - 04:44 AM


How information technology poses a threat to democracy
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