The education ministry plans to submit bills to the Diet that will legally institutionalize unified schools — encompassing grades one through nine — as part of the nation's compulsory education system.
This will be an important year for local governments across Japan as the Abe administration pushes the revitalization of the nation's regional economies. Given the dire demographic situation, it's not clear when local government leaders will get another chance to realize this goal.
As part of its effort to stamp out abusive practices against workers, Japan's labor ministry plans to set up a system under which public employment security offices may decline to accept notices of job availability from so-called black companies.
On the campaign trail last month, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he saw signs of a "virtuous economic cycle" emerging, in which improved corporate earnings would create more jobs, leading to higher wages and increased consumption. Can his policies make that happen?
The priority for the Democratic Party of Japan, which kicked off the race this week to choose its new leader Jan. 18, is to rebuild itself into a force that can, either on its own or through mergers or alliances with other parties, once ...
The Abe administration appears bent on establishing a system to increase arms exports, which could result in accelerating a turnaround in the national policy of avoiding pouring fuel on military conflicts abroad.
The takeaway for many after reading a Johns Hopkins School of Medicine study is that personal behavior may influence the incidence of cancer only sometimes. Many incidences apparently are the result of bad luck.
If Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to tame the negative impact of the weak yen, he should try reining in the excessive monetary easing by the central bank instead of drawing up a stimulus package worth trillions of yen.