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EDITORIAL: With only a year to go, reason for Osaka Expo still can’t be defined

With less than a year to go before the opening of the Osaka Kansai Expo, construction vehicles ply the field and building work is in progress on the...

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VOX POPULI: Words of wisdom from university entrance ceremonies

“Youth is wasted on the young.” This famous quote from Nobel laureate George Bernard Shaw was used by Mariko Hayashi, the chairperson of the board...

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The Asahi Shimbun

EDITORIAL: SDF should make clear it shares official view on wartime past

A couple of troubling recent episodes stoked suspicions that the Self-Defense Forces, which came into being with the pacifist postwar Constitution,...

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The Asahi Shimbun

VOX POPULI: Levity a salve for society plagued by misplaced gravity

Author Junnosuke Yoshiyuki (1924-1994) preferred levity over gravity. In his collection of essays titled “Keihaku no Susume” (In praise of...

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The Asahi Shimbun

Families looking to buy homes in central Tokyo being left behind

The recent record highs set by the Nikkei 225 index have been tied to references about the asset-inflated bubble economy of the mid-1980s, when...

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The Asahi Shimbun

VOX POPULI: Kishida’s gift of cherry seedlings to the U.S. raises uneasy feeling

In 1912, the final year of the Meiji Era that began in 1868, it is said that vehement opposition was raised when statesman Yukio “Gakudo” Ozaki...

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The Asahi Shimbun

EDITORIAL: Kishida-Biden summit short on specifics about military fusing

Fresh strategic initiatives to further expand and upgrade the security alliance between Japan and the United States featured prominently in the April...

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The Asahi Shimbun

VOX POPULI: What jobs do children want to take in the future?

“Why did you become a newspaper reporter?” I was asked this question often in my younger days, probably because I just didn’t look the type. Now...

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The Asahi Shimbun

EDITORIAL: Disaster victim database would bolster response and relief efforts

When a disaster occurs, knowing the locations where evacuees have taken refuge and their situations is the foundation for policy efforts to provide...

11.04.2024 40

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The Asahi Shimbun

INTERVIEW/ German expat: Japanese need to end 'purity of blood’ thinking

At this year’s Miss Japan contest, Ukrainian-born Karolina Shiino was selected as the Grand Prix winner, causing an uproar on social networking...

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The Asahi Shimbun

EDITORIAL: Review needed of failed policy to revitalize Japan’s universities

Two decades have passed since Japan incorporated its national universities into semi-public administrative bodies in 2004. The measure was put into...

10.04.2024 40

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The Asahi Shimbun

VOX POPULI: ‘Faitin’ spirit belies the social stress on young South Koreans

South Koreans often say “faitin.” A corruption of the English “fighting” that means “keep it up” or “we can do it,” the word is...

10.04.2024 40

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The Asahi Shimbun

EDITORIAL: Japan, Taiwan should pool their expertise in disaster response

Japan and Taiwan both have a history of learning from numerous and diverse natural disasters and building affluent societies by drawing on the lessons...

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The Asahi Shimbun

VOX POPULI: Professionalism will be the key to successful ride-sharing services

“How did you get here? I heard all the roads to Gwangju are blocked,” a local reporter asks a German journalist in a South Korean city where...

09.04.2024 40

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The Asahi Shimbun

EDITORIAL: ‘Bura Tamori’ show motivated us to learn more about our world

“Bura Tamori Guide." Recently, I've noticed scholars in geology and geography using this term on their business cards and in their introductions....

08.04.2024 40

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The Asahi Shimbun

VOX POPULI: Palestinian writer’s novel is a poignant echo of Gaza tragedy

“Why didn’t you knock on the sides of the tank? Why didn’t you bang the sides of the tank? Why? Why? Why?” The Palestinian writer Ghassan...

08.04.2024 50

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The Asahi Shimbun

EDITORIAL: With AI, the test is to stop it from becoming a black box to the public

The rapid spread of generative artificial intelligence poses a wide spectrum of risks to society, and the government is working to develop effective...

06.04.2024 40

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The Asahi Shimbun

VOX POPULI: Vertical writing an indispensable part of thinking in Japanese

When you picture a timeline of Japanese history, which side is the Jomon Pottery Culture Period (c. 14500 B.C.-1000 B.C.) on? Is it right or left?...

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The Asahi Shimbun

EDITORIAL: Mr. Kawakatsu, climb off your perch and admit to own mistakes

Shizuoka Governor Heita Kawakatsu abruptly announced his resignation after giving a speech that insulted farmers, ranchers and factory workers. ...

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The Asahi Shimbun

VOX POPULI: The special charm of Gaudi’s unfinished work: Sagrada Familia

What is the allure of unfinished works of art? Gifted architect Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926) started building the church of the Sagrada Familia in 1883....

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The Asahi Shimbun

VOX POPULI: Shizuoka head’s sudden exit leaves question about his ‘talent’

My image of the prototypical Japanese military officers who were born during the Meiji Era (1868-1912) is that of taciturn men who lead others with...

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The Asahi Shimbun

EDITORIAL: Judge dismissal warrants a look at impeachment court system

A system that allows judges lacking qualifications to be dismissed based on public will could endanger the independence of the judiciary.  The...

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The Asahi Shimbun

ICAN Director: Japan, Australia could potentially collaborate prior to joining TPNW

Japan and Australia could potentially collaborate in areas such as victim assistance as a preliminary stage before joining the Treaty on the...

04.04.2024 30

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The Asahi Shimbun

VOX POPULI: Time to end the excessive pursuit of convenience with deliveries

Until about 40 years ago, it was a daily task of rookie reporters at The Asahi Shimbun’s local branch offices to take turns going to the train...

03.04.2024 20

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The Asahi Shimbun

EDITORIAL: Government should bail on bloated Henoko base project

This is the first Diet session since a new phase of land reclamation work began almost three months ago in Oura Bay in the Henoko district of Nago,...

03.04.2024 20

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The Asahi Shimbun

VOX POPULI: Message for this year’s rookie workers: You are an empty glass

Around this time every year, I look forward to Suntory Holdings Ltd.’s newspaper ad. I saw it in the April 1 edition of The Asahi Shimbun, albeit...

02.04.2024 30

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The Asahi Shimbun

EDITORIAL: Nagoya school board scandal reeks of cash for promotions

Nagoya’s education board has set a bad example for young people by failing to comply with moral standards. The Nagoya Municipal Board of Education...

02.04.2024 40

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The Asahi Shimbun

COMMENTARY/ Government must end fanning political division in Okinawa

A report on Japan's "comprehensive security strategy" was drawn up by the Cabinet of Prime Minister Masayoshi Ohira in 1980. In the report, a sentence...

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The Asahi Shimbun

VOX POPULI: Look up from your smartphone and see the world around you

If aliens were to observe the Earth today, they would undoubtedly find humans to be strange creatures. Food is so abundant that large amounts are...

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The Asahi Shimbun

EDITORIAL: Entire nation should have a say in restarting Niigata plant

The government has sought Niigata Prefecture's consent for the restart of Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant....

01.04.2024 20

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The Asahi Shimbun

EDITORIAL: Church has a duty to sincerely address society’s doubts

The Tokyo District Court this week imposed a fine of 100,000 yen ($661) on the Unification Church for not complying with part of an education ministry...

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The Asahi Shimbun

VOX POPULI: History of ‘shunto’ spring labor offensive seems timely

When I was a cub reporter, reporting on trade unions was a real struggle because I had to learn a slew of industry terms and phrases I’d never heard...

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The Asahi Shimbun

EDITORIAL: Food labeling review inevitable following Benikoji scare

The issue of food safety is again in the news following reports that people died after ingesting a dietary supplement made by Kobayashi Pharmaceutical...

29.03.2024 20

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The Asahi Shimbun

VOX POPULI: Remembering the psychologist who changed the face of economics

A bat and a ball cost $1.10 together. If the bat costs $1 more than the ball, how much is the ball? That was the question Daniel Kahneman (1934-2024),...

29.03.2024 10

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The Asahi Shimbun

VOX POPULI: Molds can make food colorful and tasty but they can also be lethal

Koji malted grain, which enhances the aroma and umami flavor of traditional Japanese condiments such as miso and shoyu, is made by adding kojikabi...

28.03.2024 30

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The Asahi Shimbun

EDITORIAL: Top court ruling a step toward allowing same-sex marriage

The Supreme Court has, for the first time, indicated that bereavement benefits provided by the government to support the families of crime victims...

28.03.2024 20

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The Asahi Shimbun

EDITORIAL: Japan makes security policy switch without public discourse

Under its post-World War II pacifist Constitution, Japan has strictly refrained from arms exports for decades, resolving never to be a nation that...

27.03.2024 20

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The Asahi Shimbun

VOX POPULI: Ippei Mizuhara’s interpretation skills make the news even sadder

When I was a university student working part time as an interpreter, my instructor often cautioned me, “Neither add to, nor subtract from, what you...

27.03.2024 20

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The Asahi Shimbun

EDITORIAL: Sex offender checks must protect children, human rights

The government has submitted to the diet a bill to protect children from sexual violence by restricting the employment of sex offenders for certain...

26.03.2024 20

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The Asahi Shimbun

VOX POPULI: Not everyone loves school lunch but it’s still vital for many

When I was in primary school, I dreaded school lunch. I could not stomach the skin of teriyaki chicken on my lunch plate. And even though curry was...

26.03.2024 20

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The Asahi Shimbun

INTERVIEW/ Peter Singer: Humans must be held responsible for decisions AI weapons make

The world must create a system in which humans bear moral responsibility for the deployment of increasingly intelligent and autonomous weapons based...

25.03.2024 20

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The Asahi Shimbun

EDITORIAL: Rules on digital study materials for school use need a review

The education ministry recently released the results of its screening of junior high school textbooks to be used in classrooms from spring 2025. Many...

25.03.2024 20

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The Asahi Shimbun

VOX POPULI: Long lost in the war, Okinawan treasures finally come home 

The cultural heritage that once adorned the Ryukyu Kingdom (1429-1879) has endured devastating tragedies in the modern era. The historical records...

25.03.2024 30

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The Asahi Shimbun

EDITORIAL: Reform of WTO key to regaining dispute-settling mechanism

Protecting a rules-based trade order is more crucial than ever as divisions that widen between countries enhance a growing global trend to link...

23.03.2024 20

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The Asahi Shimbun

VOX POPULI: Contrary to forecasts, spring hasn’t quite sprung yet

The Japanese word for spring, “haru,” has a really light and cheerful ring to it. But what if the word were “baru” and not “haru”? The...

23.03.2024 40

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The Asahi Shimbun

VOX POPULI: Godzilla shows us our inability to come to grips with the past

What attracts Godzilla to Tokyo? Why does he attack the Japanese capital over and over? The Diet building has been repeatedly reduced to rubble since...

22.03.2024 20

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The Asahi Shimbun

EDITORIAL: Hong Kong’s security ordinance will strangle city’s society, economy

Under the guise of “national security,” Hong Kong’s legislature recently passed a draconian security ordinance. The legislation represents a...

22.03.2024 20

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The Asahi Shimbun

VOX POPULI: Being an adult should be about more than what we can achieve

What does it mean to grow up? Does it mean to become understanding and not be quick to pick a fight? Or be able to do anything by oneself and not be a...

21.03.2024 40

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The Asahi Shimbun

EDITORIAL: Shinkansen extension raises concerns about costs, impact

The Hokuriku Shinkansen Line’s Kanazawa-Tsuruga section has opened with much fanfare. The “Hokuriku support discount,” a travel promotion...

21.03.2024 20

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The Asahi Shimbun

EDITORIAL: BOJ must ensure price stability after change in monetary policy

The Bank of Japan announced on March 19 it will end its 11-year-old monetary easing policies that were described as “extreme” and belonging “on...

20.03.2024 20

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The Asahi Shimbun

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