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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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2017/02/15 | The Japan Times

Scientists and Dual-use Technologies in Japan

Scientists in Japan are concerned with whether the results of their research will be used for the right purposes.

2016/11/28 | The Japan Times

Japan's Whistleblowers Need More Protection

The law on whistleblowers lacks the teeth to protect employees who reveal wrongdoings, a situation that needs correcting.

2016/08/02 | The Japan Times

OP-ED: Police Use of GPS to Track Suspects in Japan: Is It Legal?

Does the warrantless use of GPS devices violate a suspect’s privacy?

2016/10/08 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Why Japan Should Court Cuba

Japan should strive to build strong economic and diplomatic relations with Cuba.

2016/11/02 | The Japan Times

Laws Alone Won’t Stop Bullying in Japan

Teachers and school officials need to recognize their duty to detect signs of bullying at an early stage and take prompt action to stop it.

2017/01/04 | The Japan Times

Democracy Under Siege in 2017?

Democrats the world over must be alert to growing strains in their societies, and those of friends and allies. They must prepare to fight for tolerance, respect for the rule of law and the values that have defined the post-World War II world.

2017/01/26 | The Japan Times

Get to the Bottom of ‘Amakudari’

The amakudari practice of government bureaucrats landing post-retirement jobs in related industries and organizations breeds collusion that distorts administrative fairness and results in wasteful spending of taxpayer money.

2016/09/14 | The Japan Times

OPINION: What’s Next After the G20 Summit?

Now that the China-hosted summit is over, will Beijing ramp up its South China Sea agenda?

2016/10/21 | The Japan Times

Voters Send Anti-Nuclear Message in Japan

Niigata's gubernatorial election result on Sunday shows the public is still wary of restarting idled nuclear power plants.

2016/08/20 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Putin's Very Good Summer

It is not clear if Vladimir Putin understands the limits of Russia's power or Western patience. A miscalculation of either could prove disastrous.

2017/03/03 | The Japan Times

Problems with Japan's New Ambitious Education Curriculum Guidelines

The ambitious draft clearly seeks both higher quality and greater quantity in lower education. But it leaves a question of whether school officials and teachers can manage classes as envisaged by the draft.

2017/05/17 | The Japan Times

Butt Out: Japan is Making it Harder to Quit Smoking

Opponents to tighter rules against smoking in public spaces argue that punishing people for smoking infringes on their freedom.

2016/10/09 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Japan Expanding Scope of Wiretapping

The police are being handed expanded wiretapping powers. Where should the line be drawn to prevent such measures from going too far?

2016/10/16 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Questioning Capital Punishment in Japan

The time has come for truly meaningful discussions on whether Japan should keep executing prisoners.

2016/10/10 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Putin, Trump and the Troubling Claims of ‘Rigged’ Election

Donald Trump is playing with dynamite when he claims that the November election will be 'rigged' and that he might not accept the results when polls close.

2016/07/27 | The Japan Times

Searching for Pikachu: The Future of Online Gaming

The most significant thing about the Pokémon Go phenomenon is what it portends for the future of online gaming.

2016/11/15 | The Japan Times

Hong Kong’s Autonomy Eroded

Beijing could take moves to ease its concerns, but it would permanently embitter pro-democracy forces in Hong Kong and confirm to others, especially in Taiwan, that Beijing’s promises are empty.