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.
It is hoped that the revision to Japan's Copyright Law, which took effect this year, will help bring healthy development of digital publication, while affording new protections for publishers and authors.
At the very least, the education ministry, Riken research institute officials and others must determine what went wrong with the dream of STAP cell research and push for drastic change in Japan's research environment.
An overwhelming majority of people in Japan harbor negative sentiments toward Asian neighbors that the government calls "partners responsible for the peace and prosperity of the region." What is Prime Minister Shinzo Abe going to do about that?
The return of Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc to a two-thirds majority in the Lower House has all but sidelined a spate of political fund problems that hit Cabinet members before the snap election. But it has not erased them.