The Abe administration is trying to kill — by a mere Cabinet decision alone — a constitutional interpretation barring collective self-defense that has been backed by Diet debates for decades.
The Abe administration's sudden plan to use participants in a controversial foreign trainee program to fill manpower shortages in the nation's construction industry smacks of a ploy that benefits only Japan. The government must first consider how these workers' rights will be protected as ...
If there was bipartisan support in Washington to focus first on immigrant integration — rather than immigrant admissions — it would at least address the brain waste of America's underutilized college-educated immigrants.
The road to glory for a scientific pioneer leads to temptations to plagiarize background info and must pass through a panel of "referees" who may be inclined to judge a research paper by the name of the author rather than its contents.
The besieged doctor of "STAP," Haruko Obokata, has come out swinging in defense of her papers on pluripotent cells, which appeared in the journal Nature, but her attempt to justify her research seems naive, leaving many questions unanswered.
When more than 5,000 nonregular workers at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ were allowed to join its labor union, it marked a first for nonregular workers at a major Japanese bank.
More than 100 supermarkets and convenience stores in the Tokyo metro area are recording and sharing images of suspicious shoppers' faces as part of antishoplifting measures. That certainly wasn't the intent of the Personal Information Protection Law.
The Abe government's new Basic Energy Plan fails to set a clear direction for the nation's energy policy, which has been clouded by safety concerns ever since three reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant melted down in March 2011.
Israelis and Palestinians had better assess their dwindling options after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's latest Mideast peace efforts hit a wall, and acknowledge that a negotiated settlement is much better than their unilateral options.
The government and power companies should not dismiss the concerns of muncipalities that could be impacted by nuclear accidents but have no say in their operations.
Sadly, 20 years after the start of the genocide in Rwanda, in some African countries conflict and suppression of human rights are all too commonplace.
The question of whether the minimum voting age for participating in Japan's referendums should be lower than the voting age for other elections remains unsettled.
A student-led occupation of the Taiwanese government's legislature to protest a cross-strait trade agreement — which is the centerpiece of President Ma Ying-jeou's political and economic agenda — enters its third week.
The Abe administration must consider whether its new policy that relaxes Japan's long-standing prohibitions against weapons exports could increase tension with other countries and thereby reduce national security.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is not wrong to believe that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will, sooner or later, have to stop nailing himself to small crosses (prisoner releases, minor settlement compromises) and move to the big cross: endangering his right-wing coalition ...
A great rage and discontent is blowing across India's landscape of thwarted modernization. Whoever rides this angry tiger into the country's highest office following the current election will have to pacify it quickly.
Now that the ugly process of America's deleveraging seems mostly done, more money can flow into old-fashioned consumer and business spending. The bad news is that this improvement is not assured.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has relaxed curbs on arms exports and sees great market potential in Asia. In the Pacific Century, Asia’s impressive economic growth is funding expanding defense budgets, making the region the most lucrative global arms market. Alas, it is also a ...
America's Democratic Party might want to shift its tack of making income inequality the centerpiece of this year's election campaign in the face of census data showing that income inequality is higher in Democratic districts.
The fear that China may try to take over their island is what prompted Taiwanese students last month to protest a services trade pact with China then stage a "sunflower" sit-in of Taiwan's parliament.
With Lionel Messi's last performances, there should now be no doubt that he belongs in soccer's holy trinity with Pelé and Diego Maradona.