To help prevent a recurrence of abhorrent crimes against the disabled, society as a whole needs to come to grips with the widespread prejudice and discrimination against such people, and take steps to amend the situation.
Japanese workers earn less than their counterparts in other major advanced economies.
There is little indication that the Japanese public will change and allow the reforms required to put Japan's economy on a more stable footing and facilitate growth.
U.S. President Donald Trump is such an alarming figure that many Democratic voters so far appear willing to overlook in Michael Bloomberg what they would never forgive otherwise. And that, perhaps, is the clearest sign yet that American democracy is in crisis.
The sense of urgency to create a more sustainable human existence must be shared across the world, including Japan, which failed to send any policymakers to Davos this year.
As the world's fifth-largest emitter, Japan must step up to the plate and promptly revamp its efforts to combat global warming.
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.
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.
Even if he loses, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders can rehabilitate socialism as an acceptable economic alternative. I
Had the capture of Iwo Jima taken place in the summer of 1944 as the Tojo Cabinet was collapsing, the war probably would have taken a different course and many lives could have been spared.
This is the month when students find out whether months or even years of exam preparation have finally paid off or not.
Japan is facing a trifecta of challenges with severe economic consequences.
The viral epidemic has come at the worst time, laying bare the weaknesses of Xi's rule.
Terrorism and outside influence threaten to derail the continent's hard-won progress.
Like Trump before him, the Vermont senator is benefitting from a divided opposition.