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Comfy life amid stagnation

by Takamitsu Sawa

While information and communications technologies have increased the conveniences and comforts of life in Japan to an unprecedented level, the nation's economy remains stagnant, partly because of the saturation of the auto market.

Sep 16, 2014

The ghost of Emperor Hirohito

by Eri Hotta

The recently completed 61-volume record of the life of Emperor Hirohito shows him hopelessly ambivalent about how to end Word War II as he sought "another brilliant military gain" for Japan so that it would have diplomatic clout in negotiating a settlement.

Poor politics led to Scot vote

Sep 16, 2014

Poor politics led to Scot vote

by Kevin Rafferty

The very fact that a referendum is being held at all on Scottish independence is an indictment of the quality of British politicians going back particularly to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who triggered Scots' simmering resentment against Westminster with her infamous poll tax.

U.S. foreign policy train wreck

Sep 12, 2014

U.S. foreign policy train wreck

by William Pfaff

If the cease-fire and negotiation terms Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko has signed with the country's pro-Russian insurgents in the southeast of his country and their friends in Moscow hold, U.S. President Barack Obama should thank him for an invaluable gift of peace to Americans ...