There is fear that the French presidential ballot will produce the same upheavals as did the presidential campaign in the United States.
The assassination last week of Kim Jong Nam, the older half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, puts a human face on the wrongdoings of the Pyongyang government.
The government needs to do more to spur consumer spending.
Japan, at both the public and private level, needs to be more proactive about getting its farm products globally certified.
Tokyo and Seoul can't afford to let bilateral ties languish given the regional threat posed by North Korea.