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2016/10/28 | The Japan Times

Japan Witholding Millions in UNESCO Contributions

If Japan is unhappy with the way UNESCO is run, it should present rational proposals to improve the operation from within instead of by resorting to financial pressures.

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.

2016/10/25 | The Japan Times

Heading for All-Out War in Yemen

Reinvigorated diplomacy that will culminate in a power-sharing agreement is needed to halt Yemen's slide to civil war and avert a humanitarian catastrophe.

2016/10/24 | The Japan Times

Protecting People Against Quakes

Japan's government should focus on improving defenses against quakes rather than spending resources on the extremely difficult task of predicting when they will strike.

2016/10/21 | The Japan Times

Voters Send Anti-Nuclear Message in Japan

Niigata's gubernatorial election result on Sunday shows the public is still wary of restarting idled nuclear power plants.

2016/10/18 | The Japan Times

Solving Japan's Abdication Question

Japan's 82-year-old Emperor, who underwent heart bypass surgery in 2012 but is currently not believed to have any pressing health problems, has indicated his wish to retire.

2016/10/17 | The Japan Times

The Cost of of Pulling the Plug on Nuclear Reactors in Japan

The Japanese government is thinking about ways to protect major electricity suppliers from the massive costs they face to decommission their nuclear reactors. The government needs to reflect on the real meaning of the measures it is contemplating.

2016/10/16 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Questioning Capital Punishment in Japan

The time has come for truly meaningful discussions on whether Japan should keep executing prisoners.

2016/10/13 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Timbuktu and the Historic Ruling to Protect Culture

A country stripped of its history during war is rendered an orphan.

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.

2016/10/10 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Putin, Trump and the Troubling Claims of ‘Rigged’ Election

Donald Trump is playing with dynamite when he claims that the November election will be 'rigged' and that he might not accept the results when polls close.

2016/10/09 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Japan Expanding Scope of Wiretapping

The police are being handed expanded wiretapping powers. Where should the line be drawn to prevent such measures from going too far?

2016/10/08 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Why Japan Should Court Cuba

Japan should strive to build strong economic and diplomatic relations with Cuba.

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.

2016/10/06 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Pressure on Japan to Ratify Paris Climate Change Pact

Japan should seek to promptly ratify and join in the implementation of the Paris accord.

2016/10/05 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Kashmir Again On The Boil

India needs to maintain its restraint over Kashmir, but the backers of violence there must pay a price for their support of extremism.

2016/10/04 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Backbone Needed to Curb Nuclear Testing

More efforts are needed to get all nations on board the UN's Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

2016/10/03 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Serial Poisoning in a Japanese Hospital

Hospitals aren't always the safe places we hope they are.