One-off legislation may be the easiest way to allow Emperor Akihito to abdicate, but it would leave the issue unresolved for future emperors.
The government has done a poor job of identifying and providing relief to victims of Minamata disease.
The World Economic Forum's annual assessment of global risks, published this month, rates extreme weather events as the most likely risk to the world.
Washington's campaign against Russian President Vladimir Putin exposes the pattern of duplicity that has pervaded U.S. foreign policy.
Yayha Jammeh, who lost Gambia's presidential election last month, should honor the people's will by stepping down.
Martin McGuinness set a powerful example for all Northern Irish politicians and he will be missed, no matter who replaces him.
Overwork and pay raises are major issues in this year's union-management wage negotiations.
Oxfam shouldn't underestimate the power of "big philanthropy" in helping the world's poorest people.
Improved Japan-China relations will be all the more important given the shadow of uncertainty over the international political landscape cast by the incoming U.S. administration of Donald Trump.
With accidents caused by senior citizens on the rise, the automotive industry should step up its efforts to implement technologies that can help prevent driver errors.
Moves are afoot to lower the maximum age of minors covered by the Juvenile Law to 17 from 19 — in line with the amendment to the Public Offices Election Law that lowered the minimum voting age to 18 and a revision to the ...
Japan's standing in the international community will decline if it is seen as defending the interests of the world's nuclear powers.
With his inauguration just days away, Donald Trump still hasn't offered a coherent policy on pretty much anything.
Tokyo and Seoul should take careful steps to prevent an escalation of diplomatic tensions and keep the comfort women agreement alive.
When did the Japanese start reversing the family-personal name order for Western consumption?
At a recent conference funded by the Toshiba Foundation on the media’s role in representing the shared wartime past in East Asia, scholars and journalists gathered at Cambridge University to assess the current state of play. In general, the gathered academics understood the demands ...
Donald Trump's quip about using couriers instead of email may not be such a bad idea.
Having called out China as a currency manipulator, U.S. President Donald Trump now says the dollar is too strong.
As Donald Trump assumes the U.S. presidency, a group of 35 prominent international business leaders is stepping forward to defend open markets, endorse the fight against climate change, and demand a massive push against global inequality.
Trump's much-derided, frequently written off and ultimately successful candidacy has exposed the intellectual inadequacies and political perils of mono-journalism.
Combating climate change isn't high on Donald Trump's to-do list.