Osaka Ishin no Kai's big win in Sunday's elections had national repercussions, but it still needs to work with the opposition to get anything done at the local level.
The sale of the rights to run Kansai International Airport to a private consortium could serve as a role model for other money-losing public-infrastructure operations if efficiency and profitability improves.
Having already underestimated him once with deadly results, the best way for Putin to figure out how Erdogan will respond to any further Russian moves is probably to imagine how he himself would react. The two men have a lot in common.
The Abe administration must not be allowed to use "the war on terror" to enact sweeping security laws.
The telecommunications ministry has a chance to affect much-needed change in the fee structure for mobile phones, particularly for those people who don't download a lot of data.
The government should get more serious about resolving the legal gridlock surrounding the Isahaya Bay dike in Nagasaki Prefecture.
It's starting to become clear that overuse of electronic gadgets like smartphones and computers is having a dramatic impact on the health of young people's eyes.
Companies should consider changing their recruiting schedules so they have less of an impact on students' studies.
It's time for the prime minister to take stock of "Abenomics" and consider what needs to be done to achieve the virtuous cycle that he keeps promising.
The debut flight of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet is welcome news for Japan's long-dormant aircraft manufacturing industry, but ensuring its success will require considerable effort.
The court battle the central government has launched against the Okinawa Prefectural government over the project to relocate Air Station Futenma could further complicate the standoff.
There can be no meaningful athletic competition when athletes can systematically cheat. Until Russia can provide assurances that its athletes are clean, they should be banned from international competition.
The struggle against Islamic State is a war against extremism, and the world must be prepared for more such acts of horror.
Freedom of the press is a pillar of democracy. The administration and the LDP should refrain from trying to control the media.
Putin's Russia is not exactly weak, it's just alone and unloved after alienating even potential friends such as Turkey and Ukraine.
By global standards, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sander's campaign platform is mainstream policy, but in America it's viewed with deep suspicion bred of ignorance.
Avenging the City of Light, Russia and the West can turn Syria into the desert of darkness, but from that darkness nothing good will come.
Hillary Clinton doesn't excite important constituencies — young people, independents, possibly even minority voters — and that could sink her bid for the White House.
Terrorism is evil and awful. And the best tactic against it is to stay out of other people's conflicts.
The U.S. is at war with people who believe that Islam justifies mass murder. It's time for Democratic politicians and U.S. government officials to stop pretending otherwise.
Japan is one of the worst offenders when it comes to sexism. Shinzo Abe needs to prove "womenomics" is more than tokenism.