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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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2017/03/01 | 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.

2017/02/24 | The Japan Times

Problems with Retired Japanese Officials Seeking Jobs

Japan faces problems with government officials seeking to secure post-retirement job opportunities with businesses and organizations that want to build and maintain connections with the bureaucracy that oversees their industries.

2017/02/23 | The Japan Times

Discussions on Japan's Imperial Abdication

The public should have a say in the discussion on Imperial abdication.

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?

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.

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.

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.

2017/02/17 | The Japan Times

Time to Repair Tokyo-Seoul Ties

Tokyo and Seoul can't afford to let bilateral ties languish given the regional threat posed by North Korea.

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.

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.

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.

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.

2017/02/09 | 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.

2017/02/08 | The Japan Times

US Defense Secretary’s Reassurance on Northeast Asia

U.S. President Trump may introduce uncertainty with unexpected commentary on foreign policy, but subsequent reaffirmations from defense secretary or the secretary of state are the statements that guide foreign and security policy.

2017/02/06 | The Japan Times

Japan Seeking Nature Heritage Status for Islands

The Japanese government recently submitted a proposal to UNESCO for two islands in Kagoshima Prefecture.

2017/02/03 | The Japan Times

Abe Penalizing the Plotting of Crimes in Japan

The Abe administration is preparing a legislation to penalize 'preparing for terrorism and other acts,' drawing concern for increased surveillance of citizens.

2017/02/02 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Chinese Leaders Need to Pursue Reform

Xi Jinping needs to pursue domestic political and economic reforms, and refrain from seeking international hegemony to turn China into a major power welcomed in the international community.

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.