Japan is facing the same risk as the U.S. in the sense that politics of hatred and division prevail as people's lives get worse.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is going to great lengths to achieve a diplomatic breakthrough with Russia — perhaps too great.
Tolerance of discrimination is the hallmark of a troubled society.
A full-scale debate on the Constitution needs to begin with a discussion on the significance of Japan's wartime defeat and the postwar reforms, and involve historical and philosophical explorations on the nation's postwar path.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has betrayed the Japanese people in his handling of his drive for constitutional revision.
If voters do not wish to give the Abe administration a carte blanche to revise the Constitution, they must express their intention in this election.
The Abe administration's attempt to silence critical media coverage could cause the nation's downfall.
The Abe administration is making a shameful attempt to use the Kumamoto earthquakes to further and unrelated political agenda.
Japan's political class is doing a poor job of harnessing public sentiment in pursuit of meaningful reform.
The DPJ's turnaround can only be achieved by inviting broad participation of citizens in the selection of its candidates and the establishment of a policy platform, thereby creating a new energy in politics.