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An unforgivable act

The coldblooded and despicable murder by the Islamic State demonstrate that Japan and its people, despite their nonmilitary aid efforts in the Mideast, need to be on guard against becoming targets of terrorist elements and their twisted logic.

Making the most of cheaper oil

The steep fall in crude oil prices has certainly benefited consumers, but Japan needs to develop a wise energy policy that shields it from the vagaries of oil-price fluctuations over the long term.