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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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2017/01/14 | The Japan Times

Redefining The ‘Elderly’ Age in Japan

In the face of mushrooming social security costs in an aging society, the government plans to start making elderly people with incomes above certain levels shoulder a greater burden of their medical and nursing care expenses.

2017/01/21 | The Japan Times

Varied Agenda in Japan's Wage Talks

The behavior and mindset of Japanese businesses need to change in order to fundamentally address the labor problems in the country.

2017/01/03 | The Japan Times

Abenomics Four Years On

Four years on, it’s time to move forward.

2017/02/09 | The Japan Times

Limiting the 'Right to be Forgotten'

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.

2016/09/28 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Human Genome Editing, Designer Babies and Japan

Given the potential benefits and risks of genome editing, the government should develop strict rules to regulate the technique.

2016/10/07 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Japan's Nobel Prize a Warning for Government

Japan is putting too much emphasis on short-term scientific research that is expected to produce quick results and commercial benefits.

2016/12/27 | The Japan Times

The Cost of Cleaning Up Fukushima

Tepco should pay for the decommissioning of its reactors, compensation for the victims, and cleanup of the contaminated areas.

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.

2016/07/28 | The Japan Times

OP-ED: Senseless Carnage at a Japanese Care Home

Investigators should try to determine why Satoshi Uematsu came to think in such a twisted manner.

2016/11/01 | The Japan Times

Foreign Trainees As Caregivers in Japan?

'It is not the proper way to deal with the staff shortage in the nursing care sector'

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.

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.

2017/01/12 | The Japan Times

Trump Meddling In Toyota’s Affairs

Trump's future economic policies are causing worldwide concerns for free trade in international businesses.

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.