Rural flight and the rapid graying of the population is causing the number of vacant houses in Japan to soar.
Ishin no To must establish a clear identity if it is to survive and flourish following the departure of its co-founder Toru Hashimoto.
The Chinese government must take steps to deal with the country's mental health crisis.
Japan's mission should be to provide humanitarian solutions to the problems confronting the victims of conflicts rather than engage in war in the name of collective self-defense.
More must be done to solve the Rohingya refugee crisis, which has drawn a woefully meager response from the governments of Southeast Asia.
E-commerce giant Rakuten has managed to do what the educational system apparently can't — get Japanese people to speak English competently.
Freedom of the press is under attack in many countries around the world, including in Japan.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe must discuss the potential downside of security legislation that would usher in a major shift in the nation's postwar defense posture.
Both the United States and China should refrain from trying to influence the upcoming Taiwan presidential race.
The Abe administration is placing far too much weight on coal in formulating the national energy policy.
If the Gulf states prove to be more accommodating of U.S. foreign policy objectives than Israel, then that could be a geopolitical shift that rivals the return of Iran to regional politics.
The failure of Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto's effort to reorganize Japan's second largest city will have major repercussions that extend to national politics.
Beijing should exercise self-restraint to help dispel concerns over its perceived attempts to secure its interests in the South China Sea at the expense of other states in the region.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe must be willing to make hard choices if he wants to reduce the nation's massive debt.
China's economic predicament resembles America's. It needs a formula for sustainable growth that's not dependent on repeated bursts of artificial stimulus.
The Takata debacle is a microcosm of all that's wrong with Japan's insular corporate culture.
Rescuing the embattled Assad regime from the Islamic State onslaught is the least bad option for U.S. President Barack Obama.
In the current "cool war" environment, China sees North Korea's belligerence as a useful tool to be used against the U.S.
A new economic order based on cooperation is the key to ending the Middle East's violence.
Income inequality is high in Japan, and under the Abe administration it appears to be getting worse.
Syrian President Bashar Assad may have allowed Islamic State to take the World Heritage site of Palmyra, hoping an atrocity there would bring the international community to his side.