A mechanism should be established to properly assess the records of past SDF missions so that what was learned will be utilized in planning future activities and formulating policy.
The Japanese government should insist to the U.S. that all trade issues be resolved through the multinational framework under WTO rules.
A ban on gay content has set off a furious backlash.
Currently ranked as the world's No. 3 city, Tokyo could top the list if it improves in three key areas.
The splintered opposition camp needs to be rebuilt into a more united force that can compete with the ruling parties through policies that seek to address the nation's mounting challenges.
Tokyo and Beijing should continue efforts to put their bilateral relationship back on track.
U.S. membership will encourage other countries to join the CPTPP, helping to transform it into a truly significant trade agreement — one that sets meaningful rules for economic integration and regional order.
Sanctions can only work if they are implemented by a coalition of nations. In this, Japan's cooperation is essential.
A system has been launched to certify medical specialists under a common set of standards. Hopefully, it won't drain too many doctors from general practice or concentrate too many specialists in big cities.
The government should lead the effort to make renewable energy a competitive source of power supply in Japan.
A Japanese discovery could transform the global market for rare earth metals.
Japan, like other countries, should support Xi Jinping's economic reform efforts, but it should demand that China live up to its president's rhetoric.
Does the annual 2 percent inflation target still need to be maintained and tied to an exit from the BOJ's massive monetary stimulus?
The law to ensure against poor management of public documents is insufficient.
The huge missing ingredient in U.S.-China trade deficit numbers is the business done in China by American companies.
The U.N. Charter prohibits the unprovoked attack of any nation against another, except in the cases of self-defense or a U.N. authorized military operation. Neither applies in this case.
Tokyo has some work to do to convince the region its strategy is not designed to contain China.
The upcoming inter-Korean summit is laden with complexity and uncertainty.
The energy sector's depletion of water resources is another major contributor to climate change.
Tokyo and Washington's mutual concern over China's growing military activities in the region trumps Japan-U.S. trade frictions.
Saying nothing about a possible imminent earthquake is not a viable option, and having no plan is poor public policy.