Political parties and lawmakers should not put off trying to resolve the vote-value gap between the nation's electoral districts just because recent high court rulings on the matter have been inconclusive.
The number of reported stalking cases rose for the third straight year last year, meaning that an average of more than 60 Japanese women every day are being stalked.
There's been much debate over whether British Prime Minister David Cameron's shock announcement about his political future was just an unguarded slip — as he tried to look like a normal family man rather than a power-crazed politician on a soft-feature TV show — ...
Twenty years after 1945, Germany was at peace with its neighbors and had normal diplomatic relations with the countries it once occupied. Nearly 20 years since the massacre at Srebenica, no final settlement is in sight for the Balkan region from Croatia to Greece.
The report that high school English-proficiency scores have fallen far short of government goals is additional evidence that the English education system in Japan is still in desperate need of reform.
The standoff over construction of a replacement facility for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma threatens to develop into an all-out legal battle between the Abe administration and Okinawa Prefecture.
Despite the agreement among Japan, China and South Korea to hold a trilateral summit at the earliest convenient time, it is unrealistic to think the relationship between Japan and the other two will thaw soon.
The education and science ministry should not hesitate to revise a government guideline for dealing with research conduct so that it ensures fairness and transparency for the accused during investigations.
An outline of a package of security legislation planned by the Abe administration fails to set clear restrictions on the scope of the Self-Defense Forces' overseas missions.
The higher wage hikes at leading firms are indeed good news, but that covers only a small proportion of the nation's workforce.
The silence of the Abe administration on a the use of the phrase "Hakko Ichiu" by an LDP lawmaker will only serve to raise suspicions about its attitude toward Japan's militaristic past.
The tactics used by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the last days of the campaign alienated many Israelis and antagonized many of the country's international partners. Relations with the U.S. have been especially hard hit.
A plan to reorganize the city of Osaka into five special districts appears on its way to an unprecedented referendum in which the 2.15 million eligible voters of western Japan's largest city will decide the future of their local administration as well as the ...
Gunma University Hospital's final report on the death of eight patients following laparoscopic liver surgery gives an appalling picture of what happened at the institution.
The surge of nations agreeing to participate in China’s new development bank — the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank — marks a stunning success for Beijing, which has overcome U.S. opposition and arm-twisting to lure key American allies. Washington has been at its petulant worst, ...
The initiative by Starbucks Chief Exercutive Howard Schultz urging baristas in the U.S. to engage customers in conversation about racial inequality hasn't gone over well.
There has not been a 25-year period since the seventh century when there was not a civil war of one sort or another in Yemen. But the one this time is frightening the neighbors.
If it's true that President Barack Obama is unable to dominate the neoconservative faction in the State Department and the Pentagon, it makes the political nonsense involving Mideast myth-addicted members of the U.S. Congress pale in comparison.
By classifying Venezuela an "extraordinary threat" to U.S. security and ordering sanctions against seven officials, President Barack Obama may be trying to force Venezuela's neighbors to choose sides: Either support Venezuela explicitly or support the U.S. in opposing its leaders' policies.
There are roughly three main hypotheses for why American middle-class wages have been falling: robots, unions and China. Evidence may point to the least favored answer as the right one.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent political stumbles with regard to reform, including his failure to get a key land-acquisition bill through Parliament, are a reminder of the unruliness of India's democracy.