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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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2017/02/02 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Beware Risks in China’s Economy

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

2017/02/02 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Indonesia’s Critical Tolerance Test

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

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.

2017/01/19 | The Japan Times

Global Charity Oxfam New Report Alarms Wealth Concentration

Oxfam reckons that eight individuals — Bill Gates, Amancio Ortega (founder of Inditex, a fashion group), Warren Buffett, Carlos Slim, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Ellison and Michael Bloomberg — own the same amount of wealth as the 3.6 billion people who make up the poorest half of humanity.

2017/05/05 | The Japan Times

Real Estate Billionaire Exposes Beijing’s Dilemma

Beijing must do all it can to eliminate Guo as a threat, but doing so validates charges that the anti-corruption campaign is as much a tool to eliminate political opposition as it is an effort to clean up the Chinese Communist Party.

2016/12/06 | The Japan Times

Worrying Signals About Trump’s Diplomacy

For some, Trump’s disregard for precedent and protocol is refreshing and amusing; for many others, his actions are troubling and dangerous.

2016/12/19 | The Japan Times

A Step Forward for Japan-Russia Ties

Joint operations in the disputed islands off Hokkaido could help enhance Japan-Russia relations.

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?

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.

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.

2016/11/23 | The Japan Times

The ICC: Death by A Thousand Cuts

The International Criminal Court is not perfect but it has proven able to make a difference. It must not be allowed to fail.

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?