The government should remember that the primary purpose of unversities is to provide students with a well-rounded education that helps them became more insightful citizens.
Recent statements made by LDP junior lawmakers seem to resonate with the Abe administration's disregard of dissenting views toward its policy agenda
Japan's monetary policymakers do not seek to predict, much less control, exchange-rate movements.
The U.S. government is slowly becoming an agency for taking care of the elderly.
Government officials and ordinary citizens alike must take sufficient precautions to ensure a MERS outbreak does not take place in Japan.
Japan's ability to create new industries will suffer if steps are not taken to bolster the nation's scientific research capabilities.
South Africa's readiness to reject the International Criminal Court's mandate deprives both it and the ICC of credibility.
Education minister Hakubun Shimomura and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are moving dangerously close to trampling on the academic independence of universities.
Pope Francis has issued a powerful call on mankind to protect the environment, achieving an important alignment of science and religion.
Even if the Abe government extends the Diet session to ensure passage of its security legislation, it still must pass constitutional muster to be legitimate.
A bill being pushed by the Abe administration will likely make the job security of temporary workers worse, not better.
Japan and South Korea need to tackle their differences in earnest and move bilateral ties forward.
The suffering of Okinawans continues 70 years after the Battle of Okinawa ended.
Improving the employment situation for young people and working mothers is key to raising the nation's birthrate.
Despite the hundreds of thousands of guns legally and illegally owned in Israel, Israelis kill each other with firearms at a small fraction of the rate of Americans.
The U.S. projects power worldwide, but in the only region where China's actions pose a serious threat to U.S. interests — the Western Pacific — it struggles to maintain a position of strength.
Japan's colonial policies in Korea were moderate in comparison with the way some European countries treated their colonies.
Given the right conditions, biofuels can be an effective means to increase food security by providing poor farmers with a sustainable and affordable energy source.
The humanities remain a constant source of knowledge and skills with intrinsic value that transcends time and place.
Until Japanese CEOs back up their apologies with concrete action, their words will ring hollow — as will government efforts to improve the sorry state of the country's corporate governance.
Abe should use his speech marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II as an occasion to reinforce the image of Japan as a positive force in Asia.