As the campaign kicks off for the Nov. 16 Okinawa gubernatorial election, the Abe administration maintains that it will go ahead with land reclamation off the Henoko district of Nago to build a replacement facility for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, regardless of ...
The Supreme Court's order that members of the Okayama prefectural assembly disclose receipts for "allowed" expenses even under ¥10,000 each is expected to shed light — at least for a while — on how politicians of all stripes use taxpayer-funded allowances.
Next month's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing looks like a high-risk enterprise, as it is not even clear if Chinese President Xi Jinping and South Korean President Park Geun-hye will agree to meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for discussions aimed at lowering ...
While Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic policies and proposed tax cuts favor companies that employ tens of thousands, they offer little for young Japanese with a laptop and a dream.
Japan and the U.S. have agreed "in substance" on a new accord that paves the way for on-site environmental surveys by Japanese authorities inside U.S. military bases.
The financial support that the government is considering for power companies that decommission aging nuclear power plants and for the municipalities that host them should not be extended in ways that perpetuate an attitude of reliance on nuclear power.
Before the government jumps on the casino bandwagon, careful consideration needs to be given to the negative aspects of legalizing this form of gambling.
The Abe administration's move to meet business demands for more irregular workers without establishing the principle of "same work, same pay" will only increase the job insecurity of many of the nation's workers.
It's hard to fault the ambitions of China and 20 other nations in agreeing to start up the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. After all, Asia does need infrastructure. But there are fears that AIIB is aimed partly at undermining prevailing norms on international lending.
The Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party pledged last week to "comprehensively advance the rule of law." But can the rule of law really take root as long as a party central panel remains in overall control of initiating corruption probes against high-ranking ...
A Supreme Court ruling last week underscores the fact that nearly three decades since the enactment of Japan's law on equal employment opportunities regardless of gender, the nation still lacks effective ways to prevent women from being forced to abandon career paths once they ...
An advisory body to Japan's education minister calls for upgrading grade school "moral education" — which deals with children's way of thinking and their attitude toward life — to an official subject on a par with mathematics and science.
With the better-known renewable sources of energy, another relatively clean form of energy transfer and storage is being explored in Japan and deserves continued support — hydrogen fuel cells.
Bullying and violence increased in Japanese schools, particularly for younger students, in fiscal 2013, although better reporting of incidents explains some of the increase over the previous year.
Japan's image abroad is suffering as a result of the apparently growing influence of right-wing extremists in the government. It is in Japan's national interest to discourage revisionists from propagating historical lies that might threaten the democratic processes.
With a new parliament elected last weekend, the Ukrainian political establishment has no more excuses for failing to make vital changes in economic regulation and the way the country is governed. Unfortunately the winners have resorted to their tired political circus.
A British scholar and former wartime army intelligence officer will tell you that there's nothing new about Islamic State, that it is in no way integral to the Islamic religion, and that it is a phenomenon that will pass.
It is a sad day for democracy when 12 Nobel Peace laureates have to write a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama, himself a Nobel Peace laureate, urging him to end, once and for all, America's flagrant use of torture and other violations of ...
The danger of the new Cold War is that there is complete disagreement between Russia on one side and the U.S. and EU on the other as to the dividing lines. For most Russians, the borders created by the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991 ...
Hong Kong and mother China should be working together on ameliorating the social and economic pressures threatening to pull Hong Kong down far more dramatically and dangerously than today's governance dispute.
It is not fair to underestimate compensation for disaster damage in the name of general interest. This is an area where ordinary cost calculations should be discarded.