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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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2016/12/08 | The Japan Times

Abe’s Tribute at Pearl Harbor

The sensitivities that surround a Japanese prime minister’s visit to Pearl Harbor — and a U.S. president’s visit to Hiroshima — remind us that reconciliation over the war is still an issue between Japan and the U.S.

2017/02/22 | The Japan Times

Local Consumption Still Key to Japan's Growth

What are the factors behind Japan's slow growth of personal consumption?

2016/10/26 | The Japan Times

Alarming Assault on the Internet in the U.S.

Last week's crippling cyberattacks in the U.S. are a harbinger of the digital future and the ever more visible vulnerabilities of a networked world.

2017/03/22 | The Japan Times

Japanese SDF Peacekeepers’ Logs Fiasco

The Japanese government should disclose relevant details of Japanese peacekeeping forces' activities in South Sudan to keep the public trust in its operation.

2016/10/28 | The Japan Times

Japan Witholding Millions in UNESCO Contributions

If Japan is unhappy with the way UNESCO is run, it should present rational proposals to improve the operation from within instead of by resorting to financial pressures.

2016/12/31 | The Japan Times

The Year the Establishment Failed

Key events in 2016 were moments of disintegration that exposed a frail and fragile political order.

2017/02/13 | The Japan Times

Reversing Population Flow to Tokyo

The Abe administration's efforts to reduce the flow of people into the greater Tokyo area from other prefectures are not having much success.

2017/04/25 | The Japan Times

Japan and the Ability to Strike Enemy Bases

If Japan has developed capabilities to attack enemy bases, the incentive for North Korea to hit Japan before Japan hits it would be even greater.

2016/09/23 | The Japan Times

OPINION: China's Slowdown Hits Tourist Spending in Japan

Despite a spike in the number of people flocking to Japan, tourist spending is losing steam.

2016/07/11 | The Japan Times

Protecting Pacific Bluefin Tuna

The Pacific bluefin tuna population has fallen to just 2.6% of its population before large-scale commercial fishing started.

2016/11/16 | The Japan Times

Japan Cutting Down on Passive Smoking Before 2020 Tokyo Olympics

It is not that Japan lacks legislation to control smoking in public spaces, but it carries no punishment for those who fail to take such steps.

2016/10/12 | The Japan Times

OPINION: UN Secretary-General Choice Disappointing for Women

The failure to follow through on the expectation that the next U.N. secretary-general would be a woman is a reminder of the flaws in that selection process and the glass ceiling that more than half the world's population continues to confront.

2016/11/24 | The Japan Times

Japan Should Take More Proactive Climate Action

Japan’s efforts toward cutting its own emissions have failed to impress internationally. It needs to demonstrate that it is serious about combating climate change by taking concrete action and coming up with more ambitious long-term plans.

2017/03/06 | The Japan Times

Japan on the 70th Anniversary of ‘228 Incident’ in Taiwan

During the memorial event held Tuesday in Taipei on the 70th anniversary of the uprising, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-Wen said her government will take steps to identify where the responsibility for the incident lies.

2016/07/19 | The Japan Times

The Emperor and Abdication in Japan

Will Akihito be the first Japanese emperor to abdicate since 1817?

2017/03/02 | The Japan Times

Doubling Down on Chaos in Seoul

South Korea needs to get hold of the chaos currently paralyzing its political world.