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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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Limiting the 'Right to be Forgotten'

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According to the Supreme Court of Japan, search results can be ordered deleted only when the value of privacy protection clearly surpasses that of information disclosure.


US Defense Secretary’s Reassurance on Northeast Asia

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U.S. President Trump may introduce uncertainty with unexpected commentary on foreign policy, but subsequent reaffirmations from defense secretary or the secretary of state are the statements that guide foreign and security policy.


Japan Seeking Nature Heritage Status for Islands

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The Japanese government recently submitted a proposal to UNESCO for two islands in Kagoshima Prefecture.

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Abe Penalizing the Plotting of Crimes in Japan

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The Abe administration is preparing a legislation to penalize 'preparing for terrorism and other acts,' drawing concern for increased surveillance of citizens.


OPINION: Chinese Leaders Need to Pursue Reform

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Xi Jinping needs to pursue domestic political and economic reforms, and refrain from seeking international hegemony to turn China into a major power welcomed in the international community.


OPINION: Indonesia’s Critical Tolerance Test

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The turmoil surrounding Jakarta's governor is a test of Indonesia's democracy and its commitment to a tolerant and open form of Islam.


OPINION: Beware Risks in China’s Economy

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Japan braces for the impact of jitters in the Chinese economy.

TOKYO, JAPAN - CIRCA MAY 2014: Passengers hurry at Ikebukuro station in Tokyo, Japan. Ikebukuru is the second-busiest railway station in the world

Get to the Bottom of ‘Amakudari’

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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.


The Worrisome U.S. Trade Policy

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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.


Japan Needs to Provide Relief for Minamata Victims

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The government has not responded to requests from Minamata disease victims, doctors and experts on pollution that it carry out comprehensive medical examinations to grasp the overall picture of damage from the disease.

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