Educators, local government officials and police officers need to reflect deeply on what could have been done to prevent the murder of Ryota Uemura.
The Supreme Court should not hesitate to rule that Civil Code provisions related to marriage surnames and remarriage after divorce are discriminatory and thus unconstitutional.
The government can no longer afford to postpone efforts to effectively address Japan's population problem.
Henry George advocated forcefully for a land tax in his 1879 book, "Progress and Poverty." More than 135 years later, perhaps its time is ripe.
The Abe administration's forthcoming fiscal rehabilitation plan may give clues as to whether it is serious about getting the government's fiscal house in order.
As the spread of Ebola slows, the Japan Social Development Fund, on the ground in Liberia, has announced the start of an effort to battle the psychological effects of the virus.
What Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may say in a statement he plans to make this summer to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II has become a politically charged subject of speculation.
The way in which two activists opposed to the construction of a replacement U.S. military facility on Okinawa were arrested last week raises suspicions that a crackdown against protesters in general is imminent.
Police say Tokyo residents handed in ¥3.34 billion in lost cash last year, clear evidence that Tokyo's reputation for safety remains intact. Yet, nationwide losses from phone scams are on track to suprass the 2013 records.
At least 11 prefectures and three cities have banned middle and high school teachers from all communication with students by email, messaging apps or phone after local boards of education found that 205 teachers instigated obscene acts with students in 2013.
The Abe administration plans to abolish a legal mechanism ensuring that high-ranking civilian officials of the Defense Ministry maintain authority over uniformed officers of the Self-Defense Forces.
The government has begun discussions on Japan's long-term energy mix, with the likely focus on how much nuclear power should account for the nation's electricity supply.
New Abe administration policies in the works appear to expand the scope of of SDF activities abroad to almost anything short of direct use of force.
The labor ministry should devise more effective measures to be taken against "black companies" and more strictly enforce existing labor laws to halt abusive labor practices.
It's time to bury the expectation that Russia's economy will fall apart under pressure from falling oil prices and Western sanctions, and that Russians, angered by a drop in their living standards, will rise up and sweep President Vladimir Putin out of office.
As with so many other basic legal precepts, the right of Americans to serve in a foreign army has been eroded since 9/11.
Like so many other Western exports, Thomas Piketty's economic argument has taken on unique characteristics in Japan.
Moscow is using the war in Ukraine as a giant training exercise for conducting a new kind of asymmetric warfare known as "hybrid war."
Russian President Vladimir Putin disliked and despised Boris Nemtsov, but he had nothing to gain from the opposition leader's death.
With China's economic slowdown more apparent than ever, its prospects for avoiding a hard landing are weakening.
"Fifty Shades of Grey" is a romance for a particular kind of age — a time of growing inequality.