Israel and Hamas have agreed to an indefinite cease-fire after 50 bloody days of fighting in the Gaza Strip. It is estimated that 10,000 buildings were destroyed by the Israeli assault, and entire neighborhoods razed. And for what?
The government's first-ever policy outline to address the growing problem of child poverty in Japan lacks specific targets or financial measures to correct the situation.
As another war of words heats up, Japanese and South Korean leaders need to step back, recognize where the real interests of their people lie, and stop obsessing about the past.
The "tipping point" in China-U.S. relations has been defined as where the two conclude that conflict is unavoidable and begin preparing for it in earnest while trying to hide their true intentions. Has that point been reached?
A new report from the Economist Intelligence Unit reveals that many cities have become less livable since the worldwide economic downturn in 2009. Yet, the higher-ranking cities tended to stay at the same level as in past years.
Does the announcement by Japan's third-largest cram school that it'll close 20 of its 27 facilities by March 2015 signal the twilight era for the entrance-exam industry?
The landslides this month that devoured houses in the hilly outskirts of the city of Hiroshima, killing at least 72 people, illustrate the risk of assuming that disaster-prepared measures introduced under central government policy are in place when it may take years for local ...
Little noticed by a world transfixed by the advance of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the surreptitious Russian invasion of Ukraine, and China's assertive behavior in the East and South China Seas has been the disintegration of Libya.
Seventeen years after his death, Deng Xiaoping's grip on China remains as tight as ever.
The recent Cabinet decision to let Japan take part in "collective self-defense" raises the question of whether a courts-martial system, and what would likely be a more severe standard for punishing violators of Self-Defense Forces law, should be introduced.
The current Japanese political landscape shows the Liberal Democratic Party-New Komeito alliance dwarfing all opposition forces in both chambers of the Diet. Could the merger of two opposition parties now in negotiations make a difference?
Pensioners' lives are likely to become even more severe in fiscal 2015 as scheduled increases in pension payments track lower than the rise in general prices.
Japanese ministries are floating the idea of creating regional clusters of financially strapped municipalities to support each other so that they can keep delivering a full range of services to residents and businesses.
Power companies are moving again to raise their electricity rates to get out of dire financial straits caused by the increased cost of importing fuel to run more thermal power plants while their nuclear power reactors remain idled.
The journey to the point where Australia has agreed to sell uranium to India has been tortuous, and the controversy is unlikely to fade anytime soon.
Anecdotal information about troops' funerals and reports from the Russian Soldiers' Mothers' Committee indicate that the second front opened by Russian troops against the Ukrainian army comprise elite airborne units.
There is no other way for Italy to correct its price differential with Germany and other EU members than to carry out a real depreciation, something that is easier said than done.
Imagine Boston, including its coast, hemmed in by a relentlessly hostile superior power ready to attack it anytime from air, land and sea. Boston is about a third of the Gaza Strip in land area, but the same in population density.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears to be approaching a roadblock this fall in the form of defeat in the Okinawa gubernatorial election, possible chaos over the relocation of Futenma air station and mounting sentiment throughout Japan against U.S. military bases.
The likelihood of a British exit from the European Union seems to be increasing — which fundamentally alters the importance of the Sept. 18 referendum on Scottish independence.
No matter how chronic absenteeism is defined, it is crucial that school districts in both Japan and the U.S. intervene early to stem a threat to the future of the younger generation.