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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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2017/01/23 | The Japan Times

Japan's Unaddressed Succession Issues

Questions regarding the Imperial succession should continue to be discussed so that the government will not be cornered into making decisions only after a situation arises in the future that demands quick action.

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.

2016/12/01 | 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.

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.

2017/03/09 | The Japan Times

What Abe’s LDP Dominance Portends

A lack of any significant rivalry to Abe seems to reflect the dearth of viable next-generation leaders — a problem that could haunt the party in coming years

2017/01/18 | The Japan Times

Abe must Make an Effort in Easing Asia-Pacific Tensions

The Abe administration should approach both Washington and Beijing in an effort to help ease mutual tensions and work for stability in the Asia-Pacific region.

2017/02/14 | The Japan Times

A Good Start for Abe and Trump?

The two leaders two leaders emphasized that they remain fully committed to strengthening the economic relationships, despite earlier criticism by Trump on trading with Japan.

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.

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.'

2017/01/06 | The Japan Times

Japan's Political Landscape in 2017

The Abe administration remains unchallenged within Japan, but a Trump presidency brings turbulence.

2016/12/21 | The Japan Times

China Tests the United States

China has frequently tested U.S. leaders as soon as they take office and Trump’s statements have raised the stakes for Beijing.

2016/10/18 | The Japan Times

Solving Japan's Abdication Question

Japan's 82-year-old Emperor, who underwent heart bypass surgery in 2012 but is currently not believed to have any pressing health problems, has indicated his wish to retire.

2016/08/08 | The Japan Times

OP-ED: Abe’s Unrivaled Position of Power

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's political power is unrivaled — does he have what it takes to make the most of it?

2016/12/15 | The Japan Times

Japan’s Ratification of the TPP

Japan needs a Plan B for the likely-doomed TPP to boost its economy.

2016/12/28 | The Japan Times

Better Court Interpreters Needed in Japan

200 errors and omissions regarding the testimony translated by Japanese court interpreters were found for a mortar attack trial.

2017/01/16 | The Japan Times

Japan Should Join U.N. Nuclear Arms Ban Talks

Japan has the duty to take part and play a meaningful role in the negotiations as a nation that knows firsthand what are the consequences of a nuclear attack.

2017/03/16 | The Japan Times

South Korea Must Now Move On

South Korea's next leader faces several daunting challenges.

2017/03/07 | The Japan Times

China's Heavy Hand in Xinjiang

China is right to worry about the dangers of Islamic extremism in its western provinces, but it must also recognize that this threat is a result of Beijing’s own policies.