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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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2016/10/16 | 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.

2016/09/08 | The Japan Times

OP-ED: What Should Follow the Abe-Xi Talks

The two leaders need to keep their word and work to establish the maritime and aerial communication mechanism.

2017/02/21 | The Japan Times

A Murder in Kuala Lumpur

Kim Jong Nam’s murder is a reminder that the North Korean government at its essence is — literally — a murderous regime and must be treated as such.

2016/11/25 | The Japan Times

Inexcusable Response in Japan Bullying Case

'The slow response of the teachers at the school and board of education officials demonstrates their lack of empathy towards the boy and other people who have experienced great suffering.'

2016/12/16 | The Japan Times

The U.S. Air Base Noise Pollution Problem in Japan

The government should open talks with the United States to fully explain the plight of residents around U.S. military installations and prod it to take concrete and effective measures to reduce their hardship.

2017/01/13 | The Japan Times

Keep Japan-Korea Comfort Women Deal Alive

The Abe administration needs to keep in mind that, given the paralysis of the Park administration, its diplomatic measures over the dispute could inflame South Korean public opinion.

2016/08/11 | The Japan Times

OP-ED: A Veneer of Legitimacy for Thailand

Thailand's new constitution locks in the role of the military as the guiding force in Thai politics.

2016/09/29 | The Japan Times

OPINION: U.S. Presidential Debate Unnerving for Asia

For non-American viewers, the first U.S. presidential debate provided ample cause for alarm.

2016/12/22 | The Japan Times

Dispute Simmers on for New U.S. Military Facility in Japan

The U.S. and Japan governments have failed to persuade citizens of the relocation of a new U.S. military base to Henoko, Okinawa.

2016/10/31 | The Japan Times

Japan Still Grappling with Tsunami Deaths Lawsuit

The case shouldn't be closed on the tsunami disaster at Okawa Elementary School until all testimony is heard and all evidence weighed.

2016/11/17 | The Japan Times

A Questionable Nuclear Deal Between Japan and India

Doubts persist though the accord says the cooperation will be restricted to peaceful purposes.

2017/07/13 | The Japan Times

A Dangerous Peek Behind the Technology Curtain

Concern over information security has motivated a growing number of governments to demand access to software source code as a condition for doing business in their country.

2016/11/29 | The Japan Times

Preventing Car Accidents Involving Seniors In Japan

The Japanese national and local governments should take concrete steps to prevent car accidents involving senior citizens.

2017/03/01 | The Japan Times

The Long Reach of Japan's ‘Conspiracy Crime’ Bill

The new legislation seeks to punish people for 'plotting and planning' criminal activities.

2016/07/18 | The Japan Times

Getting Japan’s Young Voters to the Ballot Box

Why is voter turnout among Japan’s young so low? Does Germany have the answer?

2017/01/24 | The Japan Times

Japan Needs to Provide Relief for Minamata Victims

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.

2016/10/25 | The Japan Times

Heading for All-Out War in Yemen

Reinvigorated diplomacy that will culminate in a power-sharing agreement is needed to halt Yemen's slide to civil war and avert a humanitarian catastrophe.