Disaster response poses an ongoing challenge in this calamity-prone country.
There are no quick remedies for the rapid aging and shrinking of Japan's population, but inaction will only make matters worse.
Leading by example, Koizumi and his colleagues in the government may have a chance to change the mindsets of Japanese men about work and fatherhood.
Stability in the Persian Gulf region is crucial for Japan's energy security.
Visualizing the kind of world we want to live in 10 years from now can spur creativity and innovation.
The Olympic year should provide us with a chance to reflect on the state of the nation and how we must respond to the multitude of challenges it faces.
The threats posed by climate change and mass surveillance will worsen if we continue the laissez-faire approach that fails to intervene and bend both phenomena toward more sustainable trajectories.
The government needs to assess whether the Futenma replacement project — with the substantial delays, cost overruns and local opposition — is still a viable project.
The arrest of a Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker this early in the creation of a casino industry in Japan shows that much more is needed to prevent gambling-related graft.
The Shiori Ito verdict marked an important milestone for women's rights in Japan, but it also revealed how far behind this country is at protecting sex crime victims.
Both Japan and South Korea need to make every effort to get the bilateral relationship back on an even keel.
Japan is woefully lacking of a system that ensures divorced parents pay their court-designated child support.
The government needs to probe whether a recent bureaucratic leak is part of a broader and deeper collusion.
The government has to get more serious about maintaining a sustainable national budget.
Tokyo's insistence on the value of a rules-based order, the heart of its Free and Open Indo-Pacific vision, has sunk in.
English-language education in Japanese schools should focus on reading and writing rather than conversation to build a strong foundation.
Japan must successfully hedge itself between a less engaged America and a more aggressive China.
The South Asia giant has grown increasingly prominent in Japan's regional strategy.
The international community must not allow Prime Minister Hun Sen to use fabricated treason charges to suppress the leading opposition party.
Ruling for life gives the Russian leader strategic-planning advantages over the West
When the U.S. worries about Russia messing with its internal politics it sounds a lot like psychological projection. Or just desserts.