The government needs to maintain efforts to come to a settlement with the fishermen so that the bitter divisions in the regional community can heal.
Given Houthi determination to take the fight to Saudi Arabia and Iran's belief that it is the rightful leader of the region, violence will continue and instability will grow.
At a variety of levels Saudi Arabia is deeply engaged economically with Japan, and in many areas beyond oil.
Russia's offer to sell air defense systems to Saudi Arabia is really a bid to replace the U.S. as the region's go-to problem solver.
Japan needs to tackle the preservation and recovery of the region's tuna stock from a medium- to long-term perspective instead of seeking to expand the fishing quotas too quickly.
Whoever takes over from Saikawa faces the tough challenge of normalizing Nissan's management as quickly as possible to allow the automaker to charter a path for its revival and start pouring its resources into crucial technologies such as autonomous driving.
Last week's typhoon provided ample evidence the Tokyo area needs better prepartation for disasters, especially among transport companies and employers in general.
Japan must be ready for more aggressive U.S. attempts to strike a deal with North Korea before the November 2020 ballot, and be prepared for an even more ad hoc decision-making process in Washington.
What policy agenda his administration chooses to tackle as a priority going forward will test the prime minister and his new team.
While most assessments of these horrific events have focused on Brexit's economic impact, there is increasing attention to the damage that has been done to British politics and its democracy.
To move the talks forward, the government needs to review its approach to the long-standing row with Russia.
limited leverage with all the parties involved in the Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrations, but it must do what it can.
Japan's fiscal health is in dire straits, but record high budget requests do not show any sense of crisis by the government.
Acts of road rage should be clearly defined as an offense under the road traffic law and provisions for penalizing them stipulated.
Struggling businesses in rural Japan show the limits of the central bank's massive easing.
The identity of the attackers will remain up in the air until conclusive proof emerges.
The impasse may be an opportunity for both Washington and Tokyo to establish an alternative form of diplomatic relations with the North.
Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed responsibility, but nobody in Tokyo believes that.
The U.S. president's inconsistency on Iran and his ties to the Saudis don't bode well for how he will handle a monumental foreign policy challenge.
There is great potential for collaboration between Brazil and Japan.
While both leaders have managed to extract benefits from the impasse thus far, it is Kim who stands to gain the most in the months ahead