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.
March 1, 2014, was China’s 9/11. That was the day Islamic Uighur terrorists slashed their way into the collective consciousness of the country’s ethnic Han majority. That fateful day, a group of eight militants launched an attack at the main railway station in Kunming, ...
Chinese authorities probably won't be assured by the likelihood of Uighurs who were driven out of Xinjiang and spent time with the Islamic State group taking a path that leads home.
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.
The government has begun discussions on Japan's long-term energy mix, with the likely focus on how much nuclear power should account for the nation's electricity supply.
New Abe administration policies in the works appear to expand the scope of of SDF activities abroad to almost anything short of direct use of force.
The labor ministry should devise more effective measures to be taken against "black companies" and more strictly enforce existing labor laws to halt abusive labor practices.
The Abe administration's management of the Islamic State hostage crisis must be investigated in an objective manner to provide lessons that will help guide the government in future crises.
Sustained chaos in Yemen could allow violent groups such as the Islamic State and al-Qaida to use the country as a base for operations elsewhere.
Even as the Abe administration pushes for the reactivation of idled nuclear power reactors once they're declared safe, it has yet to address the question of how Japan will dispose of highly radioactive nuclear waste so as not to endanger future generations.
The government needs to clearly explain how and whether its plan to move up the schedules for completing unfinished sections of shinkansen networks in Hokkaido, Kyushu and Hokuriku regions will bring benefits that outweigh the additional expenses to taxpayers.
Japan should throw its support behind the regional plan to establish the ASEAN Economic Community by yearend, thus creating a single market and production base of more than 600 million people.
Under a new Abe administration policy, Japan will be able to extend aid to the armed forces of recipient countries on condition that it be used only for nonmilitary purposes. But what will stop a nation from saving such aid for a rainy day ...
As the idea that greenhouse-gas emissions be reduced to zero by 2050 gains wider acceptance, the coal industry stands apart in its determination to fight for profits at the expense of the environment.
Russian President Vladimir Putin remains involved in Ukraine largely for pedagogical reasons. His message to the sanctimonious West is that Russia will not tolerate meddling in its backyard.
In the first round of the battle for the euro, everybody technically just kicked the can down the road four months by extending the existing bailout arrangements for Greece. But Greece can't win.
It is clear that British Prime Minister David Cameron as well as many leading lights of the government coalition do not believe in the EU, yet they do not have a strategy for a British exit without penalties.
No matter how disastrous the outcome, the American war lobby of fools lives on, insisting that the idea to go to war was sound and that any problems resulted from engaging too few troops, not doing enough bombing, ending an occupation too soon or ...
Many U.S. commentators' assumption that Japan is beyond redemption because it is a "war-crime nation" appears to have taken off at the trial of Tomoyuki Yamashita, who was convicted after the Pacific War in Manila for failure to exert "command responsibility" over every action ...
As he beats the drum for his Likud's Party re-election in mid-March, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu falsely asserts that anti-Semitism is responsible for growing European and American hostility toward Israel.