Opinion: First Stop, Japan...but More To Watch Ahead

OPINION: First stop, Japan...but more to watch ahead

This morning, Japan time, President Donald J. Trump left Tokyo for Seoul, ending a two-day visit to Japan and a series of discussions with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

His agenda included a visit with Japan's emperor and empress, as well as a discussion with the families of Japanese citizens abducted by the North Koreans.

Opinion: Japan's Betrayal Of The Hibakusha

OPINION: Japan's betrayal of the hibakusha

One hundred and twenty-two nations voted on July 7 to adopt the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons -- a historic agreement to outlaw, for all time, the very worst weapons of mass destruction. Regrettably, Japan was not among them. It has so far refused to support this crucial new treaty.

Its stance is a betrayal of the survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki -- the hibakusha -- whose suffering the treaty acknowledges in its preamble. For decades, they have warned of the horrors of nuclear war and appealed for disarmament. The government, shamefully, has ignored their pleas.

Opinion: Pm Abe's Position Casts Shadow

OPINION: PM Abe's position casts shadow

The adoption of the new Conspiracy Law fulfils Japan's obligations to join the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, to which 187 other countries and territories are party. The new law will empower the Japanese government to cooperate and share information with other countries to combat organized crime and terrorism.

PM Abe's conservative credentials, relationship with right wing organizations such as the Nippon Kaigi (Japan Conference) and the fact that the new Conspiracy Law has its origins in the April 2012 Constitutional Draft issued by the LDP that recommended to not only alter Article 9, but also make numerous other changes that limit democratic rights and strengthen the state, casts a shadow over what is on balance a timely and needed law.

Split Opinion Within Parties, Late Entries Plague Tokyo Gubernatorial Race

Split opinion within parties, late entries plague Tokyo gubernatorial raceWith two days to go before the official announcement of the Tokyo gubernatorial race, on July 12, well-known journalist Shuntaro Torigoe emerged as a candidate backed by the four opposition parties that collaborated in the latest House of Councillors race. But with many voters in Tokyo lacking affiliations with specific political parties, the appeal of the individual candidates holds the key to who will ultimately win the governor's seat.

Wada To Seek Second Opinion In Los Angeles

Wada to seek second opinion in Los AngelesBaltimore Orioles pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada, who has been diagnosed with ligament damage in his left elbow, will receive a second opinion from orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles, manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday.

Yocum is the same physician the former Softbank Hawks lefty saw in 2007, when he had bone fragments removed from the same elbow. Wada underwent a physical by Yocum during the offseason before the pitcher signed a two-year, $8.15 million contract.