The government's basic energy plan, established in 2014, should be subject to a major overhaul.
Efforts must be made to overcome hurdles that could restrict the number of tourists visiting Japan.
The Japan-EU FTA sends a powerful sign that U.S. retrenchment on trade will not see the democratic world abandoning the open, rules-based trading system.
The country's current political insecurity may well be just it needs to give rise to new ideas and voices, and a better future.
Last Saturday's false alarm in Hawaii serves as a reminder of the very real prospect of conflict and the need for a trusted emergency management system.
Serious errors involving university entrance exams are growing far too common.
The autonomous powers of Japan's prefectures and municipalities remain insufficient.
Just making the Pyeongchang Games successful must not be the goal of the North-South rapprochement. It should be turned into a springboard for achieving a genuine easing of tensions.
The new year began with high expectations for U.S. President Donald Trump. Instead, the White House has been consumed with the publication of a tell-all book.
Vulnerabilities will only grow as technology embeds itself further into our daily life.
Japan's scientific research is on the verge of stalling.
The issue of Imperial abdication appears to have exposed people's diverse views on what an emperor should be and what roles he should play.
A strong recovery in consumer spending is key to demand-led economic growth, and significant wage hikes by companies making record profits are long overdue.
There are signs that economic cooperation between China and Japan, stagnant for the past several years, is being revived.
Policymakers normally respond to recessions by cutting interest rates, reducing taxes, and boosting transfers to casualties of the downturn. But, for a combination of economic and political reasons, the U.S., in particular, is ill-prepared to respond normally.
Trump is a thieving, lying turd. In that respect, he is as presidential as it gets.
How might Tokyo deal with a tilt toward isolationism in the U.S.?
The harsh truth is that institution-building in Europe tends to occur when the continent is in crisis.
Mark Zuckerberg's company is imitating Snap in trying to focus on interactions with "friends and family." But can the media genie be bottled up again?
Thailand has emerged as a critical Southeast Asian theater in the Japan-China rivalry.
Just because the U.S. can overhaul its central bank doesn't mean it should.