The treatment of people committed to mental hospitals is under scrutiny in the wake of the Sagamihara mass slaying.
The Philippines' drug problem may well constitute a national crisis, but that cannot excuse Rodrigo Duterte's shredding of the rule of law and extrajudicial killings.
Making the act of deliberately "destroying cultural heritage" a crime is a step in building an international human rights law that applies to everybody.
A full-scale debate on the Constitution needs to begin with a discussion on the significance of Japan's wartime defeat and the postwar reforms, and involve historical and philosophical explorations on the nation's postwar path.
The government has some hard choices to make when it comes to implementing changes in the law on privacy protection.
Japan, China and South Korea need to realize that tensions over their differences rise in the absence of top-level diplomatic contacts.
Instead of selling rosy high-growth scenarios, the Abe adminstration should present a concrete and credible road map for fiscal rehabilitation.
A recent spate of defections suggests that some North Korean elites are losing faith in the country's future under Kim Jong Un.
Prime Minister Abe needs to show that Japan is serious about seeking a world free of nuclear weapons.
South Sudan will only realize lasting peace when all its people regardless of ethnicity feel that they are full citizens with equal rights.
People are spending more on food, which means they are using less of their money in other areas — thereby reducing overall consumer spending.
Efforts to crack down on tax havens is starting to pick up steam, and none too soon.
Shinzo Abe's newest pet policy could run into a lot of resistance from management and whether anything actually gets done will depend on just how serious he is.
Japan should consider more proactive steps to beef up its relations with Tehran, by building on the bilateral investment treaty signed in February to boost economic ties.
It's time to kick America's prosperous and capable friends off the U.S. defense dole and let them take responsibility for their own security.
Insisting on maintaining a facility that has only brought shame and embarrassment to the U.S. is wrong.
Middle-wage workers are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. labor market, but can America's education system to provide the skills that the economy now demands?
President Barack Obama missed a golden opportunity when he refused to prove U.S. support for Iran's pro-democracy movement in 2009.
Criticisms of France's strict assimilation policy ignore the equally apparent failures of politically correct approaches intended to create a society in which "everyone feels they have a stake."
Figuring out when wars start and end isn't always as obvious as it might seem.
Buying or building your dream home in Japan can be nearly impossible.