The Volkswagen scandal has also exposed an uncomfortable truth that has long been known but rarely discussed — virtually all automakers "cheat" on the emissions tests.
Consumers can help pressure palm oil companies to stop using fire to clear land in Indonesia by supporting products certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.
In the midst of so many contexts where we expect people sometimes to lie — sports, entertainment, certainly politics — it is disturbing that the one place to which we run for truth is private corporations.
Japan's educational system will suffer greatly if political ignoramuses who know the price of everything and the value of nothing are allowed to have their way.
Increasing pay for preschool teachers would be a vital step in getting more women into the labor force, in particular by increasing capacity at nursery schools so more mothers could work.
The government distributed inaccurate sex education material to high school teachers in a misguided attempt to raise the national birthrate.
Japan can take great pride in its two Nobel Prizes this week, but the honor should also remind the government of the needs for robust support for basic research.
A sober assessment is needed of what Japan stands to gain and lose from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.
As illustrated by the case of Masaru Okunishi, who passed away after decades on death row without getting the new trial that he deserved, Japan's retrial system is seriously flawed and in need of reform.
The Cabinet Legislation Bureau's failure to keep records of its internal discussions leading up to the Abe administration's reinterpretation of Article 9 only deepens suspicions about the legal legitimacy of the Cabinet decision and the subsequent security legislation.
The U.N.'s new Sustainable Development Goals should push member states to aim higher and strive to do more.
The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty still hasn't come into force, and all countries everywhere should do everything they can to get the remaining eight key nations on board.
Japan's medical expenditures are rising at an unsustainable pace and everyone is going to have to pitch in to keep costs down.
Benefitting from the privatization of the nation's expressways is still a work in progress, and making them toll-free remains a promise far on the horizon.
Turkey and Iran are destined to be dominant powers in the Middle East.
Vladmir Putin is willing to sacrifice Russia's warm and profitable ties with Turkey if it means keeping Syrian President Bashar Assad in power.
The plummet of Volkswagen's stock shows that honesty is the best policy for corporations that want to maximize value over the long term.
The good news is that for two years in succession Tokyo has staged shunga (erotic woodblock print) exhibitions — one at Toyo Bunko in 2014 and the ongoing show at Eisei Bunko — and there doesn’t appear to have been a marked surge in ...
Yet another deadly shooting in America, but the gun fetishists still refuse to acknowledge the need for even a minimal dose of common sense.
Peace will remain elusive in Iraq and Syria until Islamic State is defeated. If Putin accomplishes this he will earn the world's gratitude.
In any case of embezzlement, there is a period when the embezzler has his gain and the victim feels no loss — a period of increased psychic wealth that John Kenneth Galbraith called "the bezzle."