By chairing a summit dominated by political hot potato centerpieces Japan has diminished its global leadership capacity.
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Japanese universities are becoming regionally more powerful, but they still have a long path ahead to rank among the top universities in the world.
The more Japan complains about "comfort women" memorials, the more attention it draws to the issue.
Owning a gun in Japan is not viewed as a freedom equalizer. It's seen as a social disruption to the smooth and peaceful rhythm of daily life.
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike's embrace of the concept "citizens first" is proving to be a recipe for success.
Japan must create work and life conditions for its talented female researchers to want to remain in their native homeland.
The persuasive abilities of the U.S. in global public opinion has hit a new low.
Donald Trump's choice for U.S. secretary of state is the right messenger to magnify the Great Satan message, but the wrong messenger to magnify the Great Protector message.
A Peace Age is possible, if we try hard enough.
While Japan's GDP growth is declining, the country is experiencing a rise in gross domestic power of the feminine persuasion.