Falling oil prices — to below $80 a barrel a few weeks ago — indicate that concern over faltering demand because of weakness in the global economy trumps the usual market reponse to turmoil in the Middle East.
The government has adopted guidelines for implementing the state secrets law on Dec. 10, but the lack of an effective mechanism to prevent the arbitrary designation of information as a state secret threatens the very foundation of Japan's democracy.
There seems to be a deep-seated reluctance on the part of Japan's tourism industry to highlight the dangers of volcanic eruptions, out of concern that such information could be bad for business. Japanese authorities could learn a thing or two from other countries about ...
Draft legislation prepared by the Abe administration would require large companies as well as the national and local governments to set targets for promoting women in their organizations, beginning in fiscal 2016.
The old guard in Indonesia may have lost the fight for the presidency in July, but in the late night hours of the last legislative session, they consolidated their control over local and provincial elections by changing the voting procedures.
A Japan-U.S. interim report proposes that geographical restrictions on the activities of the Self-Defense Forces in support of U.S. military operations be removed as part of a tremendous shift in Japan's defense posture.
Criminal action taken by Seoul prosecutors against a Japanese journalist for questioning the whereabouts of President Park Geun-hye on the day in August when a South Korean passenger ferry sank raises serious questions about South Korea's commitment to freedom of the press.
The hysterical, weeping visage on YouTube of a Hyogo prefectural assemblyman whose hand was caught in the cookie jar in July continues to focus public attention on how local legislators should use a monthly allowance dispensed for the purpose of helping them "deepen their ...
Global warming, invasive species, pollution and new diseases — all human-generated problems — have contributed to an average 52 percent decline in the populations of more than 3,000 species of wildlife in 40 years.