The government's plan to tighten rules against smoking in public areas falls woefully short of what's needed to curb the health risks posed by secondhand smoke.
Revelations of "amakudari" at the education ministry underline the need for all ministries and agencies to undergo strict investigations to root out the practice across the government.
So far, the Trump administration has shown that it is all bark and no bite when it comes to China.
Japan and India are natural allies, and are ready to expand the scope of their economic, strategic and defense cooperation.
The public should have a say in the discussion on Imperial abdication.
There is fear that the French presidential ballot will produce the same upheavals as did the presidential campaign in the United States.
The assassination last week of Kim Jong Nam, the older half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, puts a human face on the wrongdoings of the Pyongyang government.
The government needs to do more to spur consumer spending.
Japan, at both the public and private level, needs to be more proactive about getting its farm products globally certified.
Tokyo and Seoul can't afford to let bilateral ties languish given the regional threat posed by North Korea.
The Putin government's need to silence an opposition leader through trumped-up charges shows its insecurity.
The government shouldn't downplay the security situation in South Sudan to justify the deployment of SDF troops there.
Can the Kim regime be convinced that it doesn't need a nuclear deterrent to ensure its survival?
Contentious trade-related issues that were sidelined during the Abe-Trump summit are bound to emerge in upcoming bilateral dialogue.
The CEO who revived an ailing Nissan showed an insular, change-averse Japan Inc. that there is another way.
Unless somebody emerges as a powerful new leader during the remainder of Abe's tenure, the LDP's future decline seems inevitable.
It is an irony of history that the president with the least previous foreign policy interest and experience could end up having the biggest impact on global affairs in a century.
Big data was supposed to usher in a more precise and rational world. It might be leading us into the swamp of "alternative facts."
Unless the North Korea problem is separated from the strategic competition between the U.S. and China, diplomatic efforts will continue to fail.
The U.S. president and U.N. secretary-general are polar opposites, but if the world is to weather the gathering storm, the two will have to work together.
American officials have been frustrated with China's support for the North, but so far have failed to give Beijing a good reason to risk instability and chaos on its doorstep.