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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.

2017/01/26 | The Japan Times

Get to the Bottom of ‘Amakudari’

The amakudari practice of government bureaucrats landing post-retirement jobs in related industries and organizations breeds collusion that distorts administrative fairness and results in wasteful spending of taxpayer money.

2017/01/25 | The Japan Times

The Worrisome U.S. Trade Policy

Abe told the Diet (Japan's bicameral legislature) on Tuesday that he believes the U.S. president 'recognizes the importance of free and fair trade.' That may turn out to be wishful thinking — as far as Trump’s remarks and behavior suggest.

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.

2017/01/23 | The Japan Times

Japan's Unaddressed Succession Issues

Questions regarding the Imperial succession should continue to be discussed so that the government will not be cornered into making decisions only after a situation arises in the future that demands quick action.

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.

2017/01/20 | The Japan Times

Japan Should Move Slow on Juvenile Law Reform

A hasty conclusion should be avoided due to mixed opinions among experts on the question and views split between the partners in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition.

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.

2017/01/18 | The Japan Times

Abe must Make an Effort in Easing Asia-Pacific Tensions

The Abe administration should approach both Washington and Beijing in an effort to help ease mutual tensions and work for stability in the Asia-Pacific region.

2017/01/17 | The Japan Times

New Technology to Assist Elderly Drivers in Japan

The development of safety mechanisms to assist elderly motorists may not have to be as high-tech as self-driving vehicles running on the latest AI technology. There is a lot that the automakers can do to help reduce accidents involving senior citizens.

2017/01/16 | The Japan Times

Japan Should Join U.N. Nuclear Arms Ban Talks

Japan has the duty to take part and play a meaningful role in the negotiations as a nation that knows firsthand what are the consequences of a nuclear attack.

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.

2017/01/13 | 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.

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.

2017/01/11 | The Japan Times

Japan's Energy Policy Needs Overhaul

The government’s long-standing claim to the cost advantage of nuclear power over other energy sources must be reassessed and the energy policy should be reviewed.

2017/01/10 | The Japan Times

Promoting Local Autonomy in Japan

Transferring administrative power from the central to local governments may not be enough to realize true local autonomy.

2017/01/09 | The Japan Times

Japan Plans Harsher Punishment For Rape

The amendment aims to protect the victims' rights and transform people’s idea of sexual crimes in Japan.

2017/01/06 | The Japan Times

Japan's Political Landscape in 2017

The Abe administration remains unchallenged within Japan, but a Trump presidency brings turbulence.