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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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2016/11/16 | The Japan Times

Japan Cutting Down on Passive Smoking Before 2020 Tokyo Olympics

It is not that Japan lacks legislation to control smoking in public spaces, but it carries no punishment for those who fail to take such steps.

2016/10/12 | The Japan Times

OPINION: UN Secretary-General Choice Disappointing for Women

The failure to follow through on the expectation that the next U.N. secretary-general would be a woman is a reminder of the flaws in that selection process and the glass ceiling that more than half the world's population continues to confront.

2016/11/24 | The Japan Times

Japan Should Take More Proactive Climate Action

Japan’s efforts toward cutting its own emissions have failed to impress internationally. It needs to demonstrate that it is serious about combating climate change by taking concrete action and coming up with more ambitious long-term plans.

2017/03/06 | The Japan Times

Japan on the 70th Anniversary of ‘228 Incident’ in Taiwan

During the memorial event held Tuesday in Taipei on the 70th anniversary of the uprising, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-Wen said her government will take steps to identify where the responsibility for the incident lies.

2016/07/19 | The Japan Times

The Emperor and Abdication in Japan

Will Akihito be the first Japanese emperor to abdicate since 1817?

2017/03/02 | The Japan Times

Doubling Down on Chaos in Seoul

South Korea needs to get hold of the chaos currently paralyzing its political world.

2016/12/23 | The Japan Times

Review the Failure of Japan's Monju Project

The Japanese government should conduct a thorough examination of why the Monju project ended in failure and hold open discussion on whether the nuclear fuel cycle is still a feasible option for the country.

2017/05/02 | The Japan Times

A Troubling Election in Jakarta

Anies Baswedan must find a way to tack back to the center and govern as a traditional Indonesian politician.

2017/02/16 | The Japan Times

Japan's Adult Guardianship System Needs More Attention

Japan's system for providing guardians for incapacitated adults is both under-used and in dire need of improvement.

2016/12/02 | The Japan Times

The Democratic Party of Japan's Unclear Path

The party's popular ratings stands at 8 percent, and as yet has not given a clear message to the people on what kind of government it seeks to establish and how it would accomplish this goal.

2016/07/07 | The Japan Times

Dhaka Terrorist Attack a Reminder on 'Soft Targets'

The killings come as yet another reminder of the vulnerability of soft targets with lax security, as the Islamic State spreads terror across national borders.

2016/11/04 | The Japan Times

Japan’s Hypocritical Nuclear Stance

Japan’s vote at the United Nations last week contradicts the nation’s long-standing call for the elimination of such weapons.

2016/12/12 | The Japan Times

Tokyo Seeks to Keep Olympic Costs Down

As the host for the 2020 Olympics, Japan is expecting costs for the event to be three-times higher than originally expected.

2016/08/10 | The Japan Times

OP-ED: Japan's Faltering Regional Revitalization

The Abe administration's regional revitalization policy has done little to close the growing gap in wealth and population between the large metropolitan areas and the rest of the nation.

2017/02/20 | The Japan Times

Tokyo Olympics Pose Challenge for Japanese Farmers

Time is running out for Japanese farmers to obtain the Global GAP certificate in order to serve their products at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.