Although last week's vote in Scotland preserves the U.K., expect the Union to be transformed as the Scottish people hold British politicians to their campaign pledge of giving the Scots more power over their own affairs.
Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria can be defeated, but doing so will require a serious and thoughtful strategy, not a knee-jerk, emotional reaction to its brutality.
The dilemma for Britain's political leaders is how to build on the public engagement generated by Scotland's referendum without rushing into ill-conceived reforms that create more problems than they solve.
For people who do not want to live on when their mind has gone, deciding whether and when to die is difficult, and likely to meet resistance from loved ones.
This month's transplant of a retina sheet made of induced pluripotent stem cells into a human being marks a Japanese milestone toward the application of iPS cells in the treatment of disease.
Oct. 1 will be the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the Shinkansen super-express trains. Their effects on Japan's GDP and the environment have been enormous.
A new report from the United Nations children's agency reminds us that violence remains a leading cause of preventable injury and death among children worldwide.
Legislation enacted in June will end the decades-long monopoly of Japan's regional utility companies by liberalizing the retail sale of electricity to households in 2016.
We should probably expect infections of the mosquito-borne virus that causes dengue fever somewhere in Japan every summer because of the effects of global warming and the rise in overseas travel.
Time is running for lawmakers to correct the "unconstitutional" vote-value gap between constituencies for the next triennial election of the Upper House. Discord with the Liberal Democratic Party over the matter doesn't help.
The transcripts of the interviews of 19 people who dealt with the March 2011 triple meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, including the late Masao Yoshida, then chief of the plant, may offer little new information about the ...
The leaders of China and Japan need to take quick action to repair mutual ties that have unraveled since the Japanese government two years ago nationalized three of the Senkaku Islands — over which China also claims sovereignty.
Reports that power companies are considering decommissioning older nuclear power reactors indicate that they are selectively weighing the costs of their meeting safety criteria that has been tightened in the wake of the 2011 disaster at Fukushima.
The education ministry's decision to make public, prefecture by prefecture, the average scores of annual nationwide achievement tests carried out in April for junior high and elementary school students is problematic.
The irrational bias for Ukraine in its standoff with pro-Russia rebels suggests there is something sick in the Western mentality that blocks sensible judgement where Russia is concerned.
The world seems to be on the verge of another great transformation with changes that will fundamentally redefine the nature of our economic interactions — and the social dynamics that underlie them.
The house arrest on Sept. 16 of one of Russia's richest men is part of an attempt to nationalize his oil business. It also shows how the recent Western strategy of isolating Russia is perversely benefiting President Vladimir Putin's close circle of friends:
Americans have a peculiar prosperity. Their economy is escaping the confines of the Great Recession, but people don't feel reassured. They've lost confidence in the future.
The No-to-independence campaign in Scotland was greatly helped by the publication of a joint pledge by all three U.K. party leaders that there would be speedy legislation conferring extensive new powers to the Scottish parliament.
If the Scottish nationalists had won, they'd have started a risky, costly transition to independence, but the final destination would have been clear. The unionists' victory avoids that short-term pain but prolongs the constitutional uncertainty.
Japan's national wealth is draining away as its trading companies keeping paying premium prices for the oil on offer from the U.S. and the Middle East.