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An aerial view shows the Henoko district of Nago, Okinawa, Japan.<br>Japan News/Yomiuri

Strike balance between deterrence, reducing Okinawa's US base burden

Maintaining the deterrence power of the U.S. military is indispensable to securing peace for Japan. At the same time, it is necessary to reduce the excessive burdens imposed on Okinawa Prefecture for hosting U.S. bases. Striking a balance between these two is essential.

When political differences become contempt

The culture of contempt permeating our politics has now had near-fatal consequences. We need to put on the brakes and learn how to distinguish once again between our opponents and our enemies.


OPINION

Why Republicans will pass health bill

Health care legislation is a vehicle to achieve a pre-eminent goal of the Republican Party — transferring more wealth to the wealthy.


OPINION

Uber’s boss didn’t resign for bad behavior

The truth is more prosaic. The other problems compounded the basic one: He lost a lot of money.


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Neighbors’ blockade on Qatar is a smokescreen

The blockading countries are clearly seeking to drive a wedge between Qatar and the United States for their own political gain.

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China won’t – and can’t – solve North Korea

Beijing would rather deal with consequences of a trade war with Washington than with those of a real war nearby — even though it is no hurry to advertise this position.


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The ‘government we deserve’ axiom still reigns

Both an informed, engaged electorate that turns out to vote and an uninformed, apathetic electorate that stays home deserve what they get.


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Even police act with a fear of blackness

What becomes of a society where race warps the functioning of the justice system, where juries, observing these horrors on video, nevertheless deem fear of blackness reasonable?

OPINION

The constitutional crisis that almost was

Our vulnerability to terrorism remains great; we know that decapitating our government is a prime goal of terrorist organizations.


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VA can’t meet vets’ needs short 49,300 workers

What can we do today to make it right today? We can ask lawmakers to fill the vacant positions at the VA immediately.


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Teen’s callousness alone isn’t a crime

Not even her own sense of blame and remorse, as subsequently expressed in texts to friends, should be construed as legal guilt.


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Partisan gerrymandering inhibits democracy

The principle is simple: Elections should be fair and should be designed so that voters choose their elected officials, not the other way around.

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