Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should not take the election outcome as an unqualified thumbs-up for his administration by voters.
Global trust in the quality control of Japanese manufacturing has been damaged, maybe for good.
The odds of Japan getting advantageous terms in direct talks with a U.S. president who's torn up myriad deals since January are tiny.
Japan cannot afford to slumber in pseudo-peace while leaving this issue for other nations to resolve.
The demographic challenges confronting the nation are indeed enormous, but the regional revitalization policy of the Abe administration has so far accomplished little.
Even if Prime Minister Shinzo Abe survives the election, he shouldn't forget he still owes the people a full explanation of the Kake Gakuen and Moritomo Gakuen scandals.
Before going to the polls on Sunday, voters should make a sober assessment of the government's approach to the North Korea problem and the policies advocated by the other partys.
The new director general of UNESCO should strive to restore its focus on nonpolitical issues, such as protection of World Heritage sites.
Before casting their ballots, voters should review the nearly five years of Abenomics and what changes it brought to the economy and their lives.
U.S. President Donald Trump's decision last week to decertify the Iran nuclear deal undercuts American power and influence in the world.
If there is room for abuse, discussions are needed on whether the prime minister's power to dissolve the Lower House should be restricted.
Tokyo has set a good example for the rest of Japan with its by-law to protect kids from secondhand smoke.
Lawmakers need to come to grips with the lessons from the 2011 accident and the government's responsibility for the safety of nuclear power.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's high-handed governing style has made India's economic missteps even worse.
Isn't it time for Japanese corporations to wake up and smell the coffee, instead of the tea made by their female employees?
Girls in the Boy Scouts makes almost as much sense as allowing Republicans to vote in a Democratic primary.
Volkswagen's recent failure to lock in the price of cobalt for five years points to a serious problem with the optimistic projections of an electric vehicle revolution.
Japan might be a very different country today if Prime Minister Tanzan Ishibahi hadn't handed the reins of power over to Nobusuke Kishi after just 65 days in office.
The world spends far more on post-disaster aid and reconstruction than it does on mitigation even though the latter would save many lives and is far more cost-effective.
The days of U.S. economic supremacy are over.
In a water-stressed Asia, taming China's hegemonic ambition is now the biggest strategic challenge.