Polite Japan's dark underbelly
The very sharp criticisms of Japan, recently meted out by the United Nations Human Rights Committee, are a harsh reminder of how shallow is democracy in that country.
Shinzo Abe's whale-onomics
Shinzo Abe is extremely slow in launching the structural reform "arrow" of his Abenomics program. But he has been quick to decide that he wants Japan to resume its annual whale hunt in the Antarctic.
Abenomics' arrows off target
Are Abenomics' arrows off target when it comes to reviving Japanese FDI?
JAPAN -- FROST & SULLIVAN CONFERENCE, 10 JUNE 2014
Frost & Sullivan's Global Community of Growth, Innovation and Leadership is holding a conference on 10 June, 2014 at the Tokyo American Club. Registration details are in Reference Section below:
Japan -- a Venetian destiny?
In the Middle Ages, Venice was possibly the richest place on earth. But today, it is a mere museum, a shadow of its former self. Could the same Venetian destiny await Japan?
Trade union concerns about Abenomics
Japan's trade unions have many concerns about Abenomics, as Nobuaki Koga, President of the Japanese trade union federation, RENGO, explained to us at OECD Forum 2014.
Cool Japan: An enterprising new model?
Japan may be on the cusp of a fresh wave of “cool entrepreneurship” that could turn the country’s creative industries into a new source of growth.
Japan rebalances Asian investment away from China
Formerly the largest Asian recipient of Japanese FDI, China has fallen out of favour with Japan-based companies in the past year.
Corruption's many colors
Corruption, the abuse of entrusted power for private gain, has many colors, and most regrettably touches all of our countries, including Japan and the United States.
Abenomics' false promise
Abenomics took Japan and the rest of the world by storm. But today Abenomics seems more like a mirage than a miracle cure.
Japanese companies decamp to Hong Kong
A growing number of Japanese companies have been decamping to Hong Kong, East Asia's global city, according to InvestHK, Hong Kong's investment promotion agency.
Despite some undeniable challenges, US and Japanese relations are actually quite strong, argues Australia's Bree Wellington, who recently studied at Tokyo's Sophia University.
Is Japan Drifting Toward Isolation?
Is Japan Drifting Toward Isolation? asks Sven Saaler from Tokyo's Sophia University.
Italy and Japan -- opposites attract!
Italy and Japan could (and should) learn a lot from each other, argues Santo Tripodi, an "Italo-Australian" student at Tokyo's Sophia University.
Development: wisdom from experience
David Malone, Rector of the United Nations University, delivered fascinating insights on the challenges of development to a Tokyo audience organized by the English Speaking Union of Japan.
Comparing Australia and Japan
On her first visit to Japan, to study at Tokyo's Sophia University, Australia's Bree Wellington has shared with us her comparison of Australian and Japanese ideology, politics and economics.
Abenomics honeymoon -- for how long?
How long will the Abenomics honeymoon last? This was one of the questions we recently discussed with Chie Matsumoto, a journalist and activist from Tokyo.
Japan's false sense of community
Many Westerners have the impression that Japan has a great "sense of community" in contrast to the individualism of Western countries. But is this really valid?
Japan should sell Senkaku Islands
Since the collapse of Japan's bubble economy over 20 years ago, its public debt has exploded. Japan could sell the disputed Senkaku Islands to China and achieve peace, as well as debt reduction!
Cool entrepreneurship in Japan
Today, Japan may be on the cusp of a fresh wave of entrepreneurship, 'cool entrepreneurship', that could make Japan's creative industries a new source of growth.
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