The U.N.'s new Sustainable Development Goals should push member states to aim higher and strive to do more.
The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty still hasn't come into force, and all countries everywhere should do everything they can to get the remaining eight key nations on board.
if U.S. policymakers can't get over the idea of attempting to manage the affairs of every other nation, at least they should insist on charging for services provided at American citizens' expense.
To realize the enormous potential of older people, we must reject the stereotype of them being frail and dependent.
Japan's medical expenditures are rising at an unsustainable pace and everyone is going to have to pitch in to keep costs down.
Benefitting from the privatization of the nation's expressways is still a work in progress, and making them toll-free remains a promise far on the horizon.
Public worry is high over the coming My Number system, and with good reason.
The system for choosing who writes questions for the bar exam is in need of a major revamp in light of the recent scandal involving a Meiji University professor.
While there were no gaffes during Chinese President Xi Jinping's recent visit to the U.S., his summit with President Obama was a missed opportunity for significant progress.
Instead of spouting nice-sounding slogans, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should conduct a sober assessment of what his economic policies have lacked and what is needed going forward.
The government and the power industry should rethink their emphasis on coal as a cheap alternative to nuclear energy in view of the impact on the nation's efforts against climate change.
The police and other authorities are doing a better job of dealing with child abuse, but more needs to be done.
Japanese workers, notorious for their dedication, overtime and unpaid holidays, are adding to the profits of their corporations but without getting as much back as they should.
Land prices are generally on the upswing, but the gap between urban and rural areas is growing worse.
Much of the $30 billion a year countries spend on fisheries subsidies directly encourages unsustainable, destructive and illegal fishing practices.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' threat before the General Assembly to ignore or annul the 1993 Oslo Accords was more a cry for attention than anything else.
What Syrian President Bashar Assad may not realize is that once Russian President Vladimir Putin comes in, it's hard to get him out.
If we set our minds to it, we could be the first in human history to leave our children nothing: no greenhouse gas emissions, no poverty and no biodiversity loss.
The global economy is not flirting with a new recession yet, but it's not a remote possibility either.
Vladimir Putin's Syrian adventure is yet another appeal to Russian nostalgia for the Soviet past as a way to maintain his support and distract the public from problems closer to home.
While Japan has not been open to accepting refugees amid the current world crisis, it has at least increased its financial contributions to addressing the problem.