A civil code provision dating back to the Meiji Era governing paternity can create a situation where the biological father is not allowed to claim legal paternity.
Foreign direct investment in Japan remains sluggish even as FDIs increase in other industrialized economies.
Western countries' insensitivity toward others' voices, values and interests lies behind the creation and evolution of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), whose New Development Bank will give priority to loans for developing countries to finance infrastructure projects and industrialization.
Last week, BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) took a decisive step toward building institutions that could plausibly challenge the long geopolitical and economic ascendancy of the West. But Vladimir Putin's posturing at the meeting just hours before a Malaysia Airlines jetliner ...
The downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 has gone from accident to catastrophe to horror. And, by most accounts so far, it has exposed the quickening of the civil conflict in eastern Ukraine as a geostrategic blunder by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The financial heft of the BRICS group — Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa — has just advanced a step, at least symbolically, with its decision to launch the New Development Bank. A $100 billion reserve fund will be available to members that ...
Ahead of the first run of the latest, Hollywood-produced version of "Godzilla," the digitally remastered edition of the original 1954 movie has been making the rounds at theaters across the country to mark the 60th anniversary of the birth of the pop culture icon. ...
A recent poll of men and women 20 to 40 years old by a Japanese research institute finds that a surprising 40 percent of the respondents believe husbands should work full time while wives stay at home — despite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push ...
The chief economist for the OECD, Rintaro Tamaki, observes that the aim of Japanese economic policy is still mainly about strengthening growth, while European policy focuses on reducing inequality. Apparently you can't have both.
Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority has effectively given the green light for restarting an idled Kyushu Electric nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture under safety standards updated a year ago. After a period of public comment and local government approvals, two reactors of the plant, ...
By rejecting a citizens' request to have the government disclose secret documents that allegedly show Japan's financial obligations in the 1972 reversion of Okinawa from U.S. control, the Supreme Court has evaded its duty to protect people's right to know.
Labor shortages in Japan are becoming increasingly problematic amid the current economic recovery, particularly for those sectors where rising wage costs result in lost sales and even bankruptcy — despite rising consumer demand.
The zero-sum mentality of Israel and Hamas is fueling a cycle of violence.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should realize that the defeat of the Liberal Democratic Party-backed candidate in the Shiga gubernatorial election Sunday is part of the price his administration pays for pushing to widen the scope of Japan's military role without seeking a mandate from ...
Thanks to a perverse kind of geographical bias, the downing of MH17 won't put an end to the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Marking the end of his first year in office with some success at domestic reform, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani now says Iran would be willing to work with the U.S. in Iraq.
Recent events suggest that Myanmar's honeymoon with the United States and Europe may be waning over political issues. Even so, China and others remain ready to engage if business conditions permit.
As no great power has fought any other for the past 69 years, is it possible that humans are in the midst of a "peaceful" transformation as a result of war becoming too dangerous and expensive to risk waging?
It was fascinating to hear American economist Joseph Stiglitz take on Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott for trafficking in the same economic ideologies threatening to turn the American dream into a nightmare of permanent haves and have-nots.
As the U.S. becomes more cautious about military intervention, financial sanctions are being seen as an increasingly attractive alternative in the pursuit of national security and foreign policy goals. But their overuse could spur a major effort to reroute financial transactions away from the ...
It's hard to believe that the 15 percent bonus Coca-Cola is said to be offering will do much to help it attract or retain expatriate employees to breathe China's polluted air.