There are two lessons from the U.S. government shutdown: Trump is a weak and unreliable negotiator, and the Democrats can no longer be counted on to act responsibly.
The sinking of the Sanchi oil tanker must be a wake-up call to officials and publics in Northeast Asia and compel them to better prepare for such accidents.
The western Balkans are another front in Japan and China's global soft power competition.
It's conceivable that 10 percent of U.S. households are now in the club.
Research shows that technology — and the cellphone in particular — has an increasingly powerful pull and exhibits increasingly worrisome effects on human behavior.
To ensure protection of young adults against unscrupulous business practices, the government needs to widen the scope of salvation measures.
Under its new leader, Keidanren should lead the discussions for economic reforms instead of merely going along with the government's policies.
The government and the Diet should remember that it is their task to make necessary adjustments to laws as society and people's values change.
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.
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.
After one year of Trump, the U.S. faces graver challenges than in many generations
Officials are going to respond accordingly to the improving global economy.
The U.S. president may use his Davos speech to set off one what some advisers call a dramatic "stink bomb."
Japan's middle-class mentality helps keep the dangerous populist politics roiling other countries at bay.
Japan and South Korea are wrangling again over an apology for "comfort women." That tells us something about international law.
China is rapidly gaining in the global race for knowledge.
"Offense" and "hurt" are central concepts in rising efforts on the left to curtail free speech.