Dec 26, 2015

Perils of a slow-shaking quake

A new study finds that a long-lasting mega-quake in the Nankai Trough off Japan could imperil high-rise buildings hundreds of kilometers away.

Dec 24, 2015

Wrong-headed BOJ program

The Bank of Japan appears to be entering the realm of meddling — even indirectly — with business decisions by private-sector companies.

Dec 23, 2015

Burundi begins to boil

Rising unrest in Burundi could turn into ethnic violence, with profound consequences for the East African country and the region.

Dec 21, 2015

Supreme Court's surname ruling

The Supreme Court's ruling upholding the constitutionality of requiring a married couple to use the same surname included a call on the Diet to examine the issue — which lawmakers should follow.

Dec 20, 2015

How to combat the Islamic State

Islamic State and other radicals must be confronted, contained and destroyed, and how modern societies go about this effort will determine its success or failure.

Dec 19, 2015

No place for Islamophobia

Donald Trump's comment to block all entry for Muslims is so blatantly discriminatory that it marks a new low in the worsening political atmosphere in the United States.

Dec 19, 2015

Japan's woeful school funding

Japan's consistently and shockingly poor level of educational spending is being ignored by the central government and education ministry.

Dec 18, 2015

Saudi women vote, and win

The electoral victories of women across Saudi Arabia show that there will be even more pressure for change in the future.

Dec 17, 2015

Paris agreement is just a start

The nations of the world have only promised to take baby steps to curb global warming, with no binding mechanism. The true test will be whether they follow through and actually effect change.