For his statement at next summer's 70-year commemoration of the end of World War II, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants to avoid "nitpicking" words that were already used in Japan's 1995 apology for its wartime aggression in Asia. Will the new statment ...
The health and welfare ministry's decision to lower the upper limits of housing allowances alloocated to most of those people receiving livelihood protection assistance reflects the Abe administration's unreasonable attitude toward the weakest members of society.
In his 70-minute State of the Union Address to the U.S. Congress and a watching nation and world, U.S. President Barack Obama missed giving a shout-out to treaty allies Japan, South Korea and the Philippines.
Given the lack of commitment to the total destruction of Islamic State on the part of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran, expect the terrorist group to survive for some years, despite the horrors it inflicts on the innocent people under its control.
Will the Abe adminstration's move to lift work-hour regulations for certain employees exacerbate the chronic problem of long corporate working hours?
U.S. President Barack Obama's State of the Union address was a campaign speech, one intended to define and frame the stakes in the 2016 presidential election.
The coldblooded and despicable murder by the Islamic State demonstrate that Japan and its people, despite their nonmilitary aid efforts in the Mideast, need to be on guard against becoming targets of terrorist elements and their twisted logic.
The steep fall in crude oil prices has certainly benefited consumers, but Japan needs to develop a wise energy policy that shields it from the vagaries of oil-price fluctuations over the long term.
NHK has announced a three-year budget plan that includes strengthening its overseas services. But has Japan's national broadcaster figured out yet whether it exists as a news organziation or as a propaganda arm of the government?
NASA's Kepler spacecraft, launched in 2009, continues to troll for planets in the Milky Way galaxy. Early this month, scientists announced it had made its 1,000th find.
The hostage crisis with the Islamic State group should not deter Japan from contributing to the global fight against terrorism in its own, nonmilitary ways.
The 70th anniversary, on Tuesday, of the Soviet Army's liberation of Nazi Germany's Auschwitz concentration camp should serve as a chance for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to reflect on Japan's wartime behavior in the Asia-Pacific region.
The National Police Agency will propose a revision to the traffic law to have drivers at least 75 years old who are suspected of suffering from senile dementia submit a medical certificate to the police indicating whether they should be allowed to keep driving.
The National Institute of Infectious Diseases says that Japan's influenza season this year is peaking about three weeks earlier than usual.
Japan and South Korea face a stark choice: to find ways to settle their disputes over history or stay locked in a frozen political relationship that plays into China's hands.
President Barack Obama has declared America's economic crisis over, but will global weakness infect the U.S. expansion?
With a new economic strategy that nurtures more diversified sources of growth, while reducing the country's excessive reliance on exports and large enterprises, South Korea can reinvigorate and sustain strong growth.
Plunging oil prices present a significant opportunity for most of the region's developing countries to strengthen the competitiveness of their economies and take advantage of the ongoing global recovery.
The clean image of hydrogen-based energy and its economic viability for Japan are much exaggerated.
While the Saudi system of governance can seem awfully medieval to those of us on the outside, families aren't the worst mechanisms for managing conflict.
Economic pressure has never stopped Russia from waging wars. Putin will fight on in Ukraine, having convinced himself that the West is aiming to destroy Russia.