While the gamesmanship is amusing from a distance, the U.S. federal government shutdown is exacting a painful toll on the U.S. economy, which is certain to ripple across the global economy.
With a manpower shortage looming as a major obstacle to the operation of businesses, employers need to realize that improving the wages of both regular and irregular employees will be crucial to securing the labor they need.
Dark clouds hang over the future of Japanese universities due to the government's failure to recognize the importance of education and research.
We pay a high price for economic flexibility, but benefit enormously from the rising living standards it produces.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has struggled to find a consensus that would allow Brexit to proceed. The failure is not hers, but that of the entire British political class.
While not unprecedented, the recent spate of hostage-taking incidents looks like a new normal in international diplomacy.
To regain the public's trust in the government's statistics, how officials erred needs to be exposed and measures taken to ensure such problems are not repeated.
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim's resignation provides an opportunity to set new standards for professionalism and leadership.
The government must make sure the money from the new tax is going toward serving the needs of inbound tourists.
While maintaining its position over the wartime labor issue, Tokyo should explore a political solution to what could otherwise take a lasting toll on bilateral relations.
In addition to taking measures to raise the fertility rate, the government should introduce policies geared to the reality that the aging and shrinking of the population will continue for the foreseeable future.
Alarm bells in China should set off similar warnings in Asia and beyond.
The whistleblower protection law can't serve its purpose unless it features penalties for employers that seek to punish employees who report wrongdoing.
In some ways, the "yellow jacket" movement is a typically French protest, but it also reflects a deeper malaise that is increasingly found throughout the West.
Artificial intelligence is creating new avenues for war in what could be the century's defining arms race.
In the end, the British prime minister's rejected agreement might seem marginally less unpalatable than, and the only alternative to, a hard Brexit.
There was not much meaningful about Tuesday's Brexit vote, but at least the prime minister is now finally promising to build consensus.
Preparing for what has been touted as the "100-year life" is not a task for elderly people or the government alone.
The AI revolution will have an immense impact on global power politics, but Japan may get left behind.
With almost every individual empowered by web access, the whole system of garnering and marshalling opinion becomes impossibly distorted.
The unfolding geopolitical contest between China and the United States has been described by many as a new cold war. If it ever becomes a hot one, the flash point could be Taiwan, owing in large part to Chinese policy toward the island. China's government ...