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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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2017/01/05 | The Japan Times

Japan's State-sponsored Scholarships

Japan's government is in need to improve its scholarship program with half of its university students relying on student loans while 60,000 children from low-income households enter college each year.

2017/01/04 | The Japan Times

Democracy Under Siege in 2017?

Democrats the world over must be alert to growing strains in their societies, and those of friends and allies. They must prepare to fight for tolerance, respect for the rule of law and the values that have defined the post-World War II world.

2017/01/03 | The Japan Times

Abenomics Four Years On

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

2016/12/31 | The Japan Times

The Year the Establishment Failed

Key events in 2016 were moments of disintegration that exposed a frail and fragile political order.

2016/12/29 | The Japan Times

Beyond Abe’s Pearl Harbor Visit

While the visit to Pearl Harbor marks a 'historic gesture' with the U.S., Japan should realize that reconciliation should not be limited to close allies.

2016/12/28 | The Japan Times

Better Court Interpreters Needed in Japan

200 errors and omissions regarding the testimony translated by Japanese court interpreters were found for a mortar attack trial.

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.

2016/12/23 | 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.

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.

2016/12/21 | The Japan Times

China Tests the United States

China has frequently tested U.S. leaders as soon as they take office and Trump’s statements have raised the stakes for Beijing.

2016/12/20 | The Japan Times

Four Years of Abe in Power

Four years on, Abe’s grip on power seems as strong as ever. The question remains how and where he will use his ample political resources.

2016/12/19 | The Japan Times

A Step Forward for Japan-Russia Ties

Joint operations in the disputed islands off Hokkaido could help enhance Japan-Russia relations.

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.

2016/12/15 | The Japan Times

Japan’s Ratification of the TPP

Japan needs a Plan B for the likely-doomed TPP to boost its economy.

2016/12/14 | The Japan Times

Google’s Commitment to Go Green

Government commitments are important, but even more durable and compelling are steps by companies like Google.

2016/12/13 | The Japan Times

China Controls Its WTO Destiny

China cannot enjoy the advantages of market economy status while avoiding the costs it entails.

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.

2016/12/09 | The Japan Times

Casino Legislation In Japan on the Fast Track

There may be pros and cons about legalizing casinos, but the way the legislation is being pushed through the Diet does little to assure it will be a safe bet.