Questions and suspicions have challenged the validity of a Japanese scientific paper that reported in January on a method for reprogramming body tissue cells into stem cells by simply exposing them to acidic liquids.
Recent spikes in the concentration of so-called PM2.5 air pollutants over wide areas of Japan once again raise alarms over the potential health risks from the small particles.
The Abe government's inability to handle its crisis at home belies its global ambitions.
Surely the prize for the most cynical news item of the month should go to the announcement from Oslo that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2014.
While statistics show that police in Japan are taking action in more bullying cases, teachers must remind themselves that it is their job to keep watch — and not ignore — the signs of bullying.
Consumers would be wise to resist the urge to break their household budget with high-end purchases before the sales tax rises by three percentage points April 1. That's because manufacturers are likely to remain as keen as ever to keep their prices competitive after ...
Three years on, life is still nowhere near back to normal for many of the people in the Tohoku coastal areas devastated by the massive earthquake, tsunami and the nuclear power plant disaster.
The crisis in Ukraine appears to be receding and morphing into a balancing act between the interests of Russia and the West, with Crimea set to vote on its future in a referendum.
It has been 60 years since the U.S. tested a hydrogen bomb — a thousand times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima — in the Bikini Atoll, destroying an island and exposing thousands of people to deadly radiation.
A new push by business executives is calling for the removal of the ugly elevated expressway over the famous Nihonbashi Bridge before the Olympics and Paralympics in 2020.
If the Abe administration tries to weaken or scrap the 1993 "Kono statement," the perception is likely to strengthen in the international community that it is bent on whitewashing Japan's wartime behavior and, even today, lacks respect for the honor and dignity of women.
As Premier Li Keqiang kicks off the National People's Congress, Japan, for its part, needs to think about developing a coolheaded strategy for dealing with perceived Chinese territorial and political provocations.
The headline-grabbing cuts in America's 2015 fiscal budget, unveiled by President Barack Obama this week, involve the downsizing of the U.S. military. The plans are controversial in light of recent events on the Crimean Peninsula and the so-called rebalance of U.S. forces to the ...
Although most of more than 300 copies of "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl" and other Holocaust-related publications recently discovered vandalized in Tokyo and Yokohama libraries have been replaced, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department should leave no stone unturned in its effort ...
Would America's late right-wing hero and former President Ronald Reagan have confronted a heavily nuclear-armed Russia's move to retake Crimea — "gifted" to Ukraine by Nikita Khrushchev in 1954 — any differently than U.S. President Barack Obama? Not a chance.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has probably considered that the costs of absorbing Crimea and its roughly 2 million inhabitants will be high but not unbearable.
Put aside the cries of "Munich" and "Sudetenland" that surround Russia's ongoing annexation of Crimea. In human terms, Crimea's Tatars are the reason to care.
The Obama administration's 2015 military budget cuts may embolden potential adversaries and abet miscalculation.
Western criticisms of Russia's move into Ukraine's Crimea region reek of double standards. Much of what is Ukraine today would not have existed if not for the creation of the Soviet Union.
The neoliberal model has not performed well relative to the previous 30 years in terms of economic growth, financial stability and social justice. If a credible progressive alternative were to take shape, what should be the main outlines of such an alternative?
One danger from Japan's nationalist rhetoric of late is that it may incite extreme nationalist reactions in China and South Korea that further damage Japanese business interests.