Recently released details of a 2008 GSDF mission to the "noncombat zone" in Iraq should be taken into account as the Upper House scrutinizes security legislation what would expand the scope of SDF missions abroad.
The July 26 airplane crash in Chofu, western Tokyo, demonstrates the need for tighter rules governing small airports and the pilots and companies that use them.
The death of Taliban leader Mullah Omar last week may lead to the rise of more radical forces in Afghanistan.
Like the U.S., Russia wants to retain the right to try its own war criminals under its own laws rather than hand them over to an international tribunal.
All of the impressive scientific and medical gains of modern civilization are in danger of being lost because of the effects of climate change and environmental degradation.
It is hoped that a new system to investigate unexpected deaths at hospitals will help medical personnel learn from mistakes and lower patient fatalities.
The recent changes to the Upper House districts fall far short of addressing in a meaningful way the disparity in vote values.
China's leaders need to push structural reform that will let markets play their due roles in the economy.
The emphasis on Japan's national interests in aid policy raises doubts if the nation can make meaningful contributions to eradicating poverty in the recipient countries.
How much more damage will Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza inflict on his long-suffering nation?
Ankara's reluctance to join the fight against Islamic State ended last week after the militant group targeted Turkey in two attacks.
By highlighting the threat posed by China, the government appears to be using the white paper to drum up public support for the Abe administration's controversial security legislation.
The government is making welcome moves to regulate the operation of drones, but authorities must take care not to stifle the burgeoning technology.
The Upper House must address the questions and doubts raised in the Lower House's deliberations on the government's security legislation.
The financial contagion of Greek profligacy may have been averted, but the price will be the even more virulent political contagion of Euroskepticism.
In this 70th year anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Swiss-based International Peace Bureau (IPB) nominated Hidankyo (Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations) for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. This is Hidankyo’s third such nomination by the IPB, ...
If endangered U.S. midsize papers collapse, who will do the local and regional news-gathering?
The Toshiba scandal should be an impetus for the Abe government to do even more to improve corporate governance.
Buddhist chauvinism now threatens the democratic process in both Myanmar and Sri Lanka.
Finally U.S. and Australian policymakers are realizing what they should have known all along — that they can take advantage of Hanoi's traditional dislike of China to counter what they see as Beijing's expansionist threat in the East and South China Seas.
Will Japan be dragged down by egocentric anti-intellectualism and suspension of judgment, or will a new civic culture turn the nation into a more mature democracy?