Lawmakers have dallied long enough: Chastised again by the Supreme Court, it's time they got down to business and resolved the disparity in vote values between districts.
APEC members must show a greater readiness to compromise if they are to overcome their significant differences on a number of important issues.
Jobs and education programs for young people in poor neighborhoods would help put Islamic State out of business in Europe.
The world needs much stronger emission cuts than whatever comes out of the upcoming Paris talks on climate change.
Osaka Ishin no Kai's big win in Sunday's elections had national repercussions, but it still needs to work with the opposition to get anything done at the local level.
The sale of the rights to run Kansai International Airport to a private consortium could serve as a role model for other money-losing public-infrastructure operations if efficiency and profitability improves.
The telecommunications ministry has a chance to affect much-needed change in the fee structure for mobile phones, particularly for those people who don't download a lot of data.
The government should get more serious about resolving the legal gridlock surrounding the Isahaya Bay dike in Nagasaki Prefecture.
It's starting to become clear that overuse of electronic gadgets like smartphones and computers is having a dramatic impact on the health of young people's eyes.
Companies should consider changing their recruiting schedules so they have less of an impact on students' studies.
It's time for the prime minister to take stock of "Abenomics" and consider what needs to be done to achieve the virtuous cycle that he keeps promising.
The debut flight of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet is welcome news for Japan's long-dormant aircraft manufacturing industry, but ensuring its success will require considerable effort.
The court battle the central government has launched against the Okinawa Prefectural government over the project to relocate Air Station Futenma could further complicate the standoff.
There can be no meaningful athletic competition when athletes can systematically cheat. Until Russia can provide assurances that its athletes are clean, they should be banned from international competition.
Thanks to poor funding and a lack of creative administration, Japan's recent success in winning Nobel Prizes will likely be followed by a long dry spell.
The Maritime Self-Defense Force has one of the stealthiest and best-trained submarine fleets in the world.
By shooting down a Russian Su-24 warplane that had no hostile intent, Turkey demonstrated that it stands with Islamic State and against the West.
Turkey has two aims: to see Assad ousted and to prevent the establishment of a Kurdish state in Syria.
Having already underestimated him once with deadly results, the best way for Putin to figure out how Erdogan will respond to any further Russian moves is probably to imagine how he himself would react. The two men have a lot in common.
Putin's Russia is not exactly weak, it's just alone and unloved after alienating even potential friends such as Turkey and Ukraine.
The Abe administration must not be allowed to use "the war on terror" to enact sweeping security laws.