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The Japan Times is Japan’s oldest English language newspaper. Today it is the country’s only independent English-language newspaper.

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2016/08/01 | The Japan Times

OP-ED: Plastic Waste Turning Seas Toxic

'Since Japan consumes large volumes of fish, including one-fifth of the global tuna catch, and has vast expanses of exclusive economic zones in its surrounding seas, it has both a practical and moral obligation to promote global efforts to protect the oceans by working out concrete and effective measures to fight marine pollution.'

2017/01/09 | The Japan Times

Japan Plans Harsher Punishment For Rape

The amendment aims to protect the victims' rights and transform people’s idea of sexual crimes in Japan.

2017/02/18 | The Japan Times

A Growing Silence in Russia for Opposition Voices

A Russian court last week convicted Alexei Navalny, the face of the opposition movement in the country, on charges of embezzlement.

2017/03/13 | The Japan Times

Once Again, Bird Flu is in the Air

The Chinese authorities should take action to combat the virus instead of covering up cases of infection.

2016/10/24 | The Japan Times

Protecting People Against Quakes

Japan's government should focus on improving defenses against quakes rather than spending resources on the extremely difficult task of predicting when they will strike.

2016/12/09 | The Japan Times

Casino Legislation In Japan on the Fast Track

There may be pros and cons about legalizing casinos, but the way the legislation is being pushed through the Diet does little to assure it will be a safe bet.

2016/10/06 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Pressure on Japan to Ratify Paris Climate Change Pact

Japan should seek to promptly ratify and join in the implementation of the Paris accord.

2016/08/11 | The Japan Times

OP-ED: A Veneer of Legitimacy for Thailand

Thailand's new constitution locks in the role of the military as the guiding force in Thai politics.

2016/11/29 | The Japan Times

Preventing Car Accidents Involving Seniors In Japan

The Japanese national and local governments should take concrete steps to prevent car accidents involving senior citizens.

2017/01/17 | The Japan Times

New Technology to Assist Elderly Drivers in Japan

The development of safety mechanisms to assist elderly motorists may not have to be as high-tech as self-driving vehicles running on the latest AI technology. There is a lot that the automakers can do to help reduce accidents involving senior citizens.

2017/03/08 | The Japan Times

A ‘New Level’ of North Korean Threat

New measures are required to handle the North Korean nuclear threat.

2016/10/13 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Timbuktu and the Historic Ruling to Protect Culture

A country stripped of its history during war is rendered an orphan.

2016/08/24 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Japan's Stance on Nuclear Weapons 'Twisted'

Prime Minister Abe needs to show that Japan is serious about seeking a world free of nuclear weapons.

2016/12/01 | The Japan Times

Another Twist in the Park Scandal

Even if Park Geun-hye does step down, the vacuum at the apex of South Korean politics will persist; yet if she remains in office, Park will be too wounded to govern.

2016/12/20 | The Japan Times

Four Years of Abe in Power

Four years on, Abe’s grip on power seems as strong as ever. The question remains how and where he will use his ample political resources.

2016/08/16 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Abe's Wrong Call on Dispute over U.S. Air Base in Okinawa

The Abe administration should realize that a court battle won't bring about a positive resolution to the Okinawa base dispute.

2017/05/01 | The Japan Times

Why Asia is Wary of China’s New Aircraft Carrier

China's military developments are incompatible with its claim to a ‘peaceful rise' and its argument that its military buildup is aimed at self-defense.

2017/01/25 | The Japan Times

The Worrisome U.S. Trade Policy

Abe told the Diet (Japan's bicameral legislature) on Tuesday that he believes the U.S. president 'recognizes the importance of free and fair trade.' That may turn out to be wishful thinking — as far as Trump’s remarks and behavior suggest.