As illustrated by the case of Masaru Okunishi, who passed away after decades on death row without getting the new trial that he deserved, Japan's retrial system is seriously flawed and in need of reform.
The Cabinet Legislation Bureau's failure to keep records of its internal discussions leading up to the Abe administration's reinterpretation of Article 9 only deepens suspicions about the legal legitimacy of the Cabinet decision and the subsequent security legislation.
As Australia grapples with whether to become a republic, it should look to India for guidance.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has underestimated the determination of France and Germany to get the Ukrainian matter out of the way in the most efficient manner possible.
The U.N.'s new Sustainable Development Goals should push member states to aim higher and strive to do more.
The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty still hasn't come into force, and all countries everywhere should do everything they can to get the remaining eight key nations on board.
Japan's medical expenditures are rising at an unsustainable pace and everyone is going to have to pitch in to keep costs down.
Benefitting from the privatization of the nation's expressways is still a work in progress, and making them toll-free remains a promise far on the horizon.
Public worry is high over the coming My Number system, and with good reason.
The system for choosing who writes questions for the bar exam is in need of a major revamp in light of the recent scandal involving a Meiji University professor.
While there were no gaffes during Chinese President Xi Jinping's recent visit to the U.S., his summit with President Obama was a missed opportunity for significant progress.
Instead of spouting nice-sounding slogans, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should conduct a sober assessment of what his economic policies have lacked and what is needed going forward.
The government and the power industry should rethink their emphasis on coal as a cheap alternative to nuclear energy in view of the impact on the nation's efforts against climate change.
The police and other authorities are doing a better job of dealing with child abuse, but more needs to be done.
Noted academic and commentator Noam Chomsky takes a keen interest in the political wars embroiling Thailand.
Corporations are responsible for lawbreaking and murder on a massive scale. So why is it just little private individuals who get the book thrown at them?
The good news is that the TPP is the biggest trade deal to come down the pike in a long while. Unfortunately, that's the bad news, too.
Why does the U.S. continue to pour billions of dollars into training foreign armies when the results are almost always dismal?
Russia and the U.S. are training thousands of ground troops for Arctic ops — just in case the Cold War turns hot in the thawing polar region.
Out of the past 16 cases when one major power was gaining in power and its rival feared relegation to the second rank, 12 ended in war. Will China and the U.S. suffer the same fate?
An analysis of data underscores the importance of avoiding generalizations about the gender gap in education.