The assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov last week shows that Nemtsov himself might have overestimated the state of affairs when he said in an interview the day before his death that Russia's opposition was at the absolute low point.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has joined several other members of his Cabinet plus the opposition leader in admitting receipt of donations from businesses that have been granted government subsidies.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants Japan to become a "normal" country again, with the capacity to defend its interests and citizens wherever they are threatened. But how should his government go about it?
If Chinese leaders are serious about shifting to an economic growth model driven by consumer demand, they need to focus on raising incomes as broadly as possible.
The five-day U.N. conference on reducing disaster risks, to be held in Sendai from the end of next week, should serve as an opportunity for Japan to share its experiences in dealing with severe natural disasters.
Educators, local government officials and police officers need to reflect deeply on what could have been done to prevent the murder of Ryota Uemura.
The Supreme Court should not hesitate to rule that Civil Code provisions related to marriage surnames and remarriage after divorce are discriminatory and thus unconstitutional.
The Abe administration's forthcoming fiscal rehabilitation plan may give clues as to whether it is serious about getting the government's fiscal house in order.
As the spread of Ebola slows, the Japan Social Development Fund, on the ground in Liberia, has announced the start of an effort to battle the psychological effects of the virus.
What Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may say in a statement he plans to make this summer to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II has become a politically charged subject of speculation.
The way in which two activists opposed to the construction of a replacement U.S. military facility on Okinawa were arrested last week raises suspicions that a crackdown against protesters in general is imminent.
Police say Tokyo residents handed in ¥3.34 billion in lost cash last year, clear evidence that Tokyo's reputation for safety remains intact. Yet, nationwide losses from phone scams are on track to suprass the 2013 records.
At least 11 prefectures and three cities have banned middle and high school teachers from all communication with students by email, messaging apps or phone after local boards of education found that 205 teachers instigated obscene acts with students in 2013.
The Abe administration plans to abolish a legal mechanism ensuring that high-ranking civilian officials of the Defense Ministry maintain authority over uniformed officers of the Self-Defense Forces.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Japan next week will underscore the common values between the two nations and the potential for mutual cooperation on issues involving Germany's leadership role in Europe and Japan's efforts to achieve true peace with its neighbors.
Israelis really don't need proof that the Iranians are actually working on nuclear weapons. Their anxiety on the issue is so deeply rooted that it resists all the reassurances by Israel's own military and intelligence communities that Iran is not working on such weapons.
There aren't many European leaders who take a harder line on Russian President Vladimir Putin's aggression in Ukraine than Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves. But Ilves' sympathy for Ukraine is tempered by his belief that it didn't do enough in advance to protect itself.
Not content with denying involvement in the assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, President Vladimir Putin has propagated the usual conspiracy theory that the murder was a Western plot.
As the era of "easy" GDP growth driven by a massive army of young workers draws to a close, emerging economies must face the resulting growth challenge head-on by pursuing sweeping changes in established practices to boost productivity.
The 20th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake in January and the fourth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami on March 11 should prompt community leaders to ascertain their level of preparedness for future catastrophes including the need to ...
The president of Soka Gakkai International urges Japan to renew its pledge to build lasting peace, strengthen cooperation in addressing environmental problems, and step up efforts to contribute to stability and development throughout Asia.