Japan is determined to be a force for peace and stability in the war-torn Middle East, yet until and unless its constitution is changed to permit the country to project its power in a meaningful manner militarily, its ability to influence events in other regions of the world will remain limited.
Johnny Depp has a lot to answer for. The "mockney" drawl, the swagger and the healthy disdain for maritime authorities he perfected as Captain Jack Sparrow lent a cachet to piracy that had eluded the profession for centuries.
According to Yemeni sources, the government is strong-arming parliament to ram through the legislation to avoid any debate of the matter by journalists' unions, media representatives and civil society groups.
Piracy is not only disrupting international trade, it is preventing the flow of humanitarian aid to several million Somalis and is perpetuating the very culture that kept Somalia in an abyss of anarchy.