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.
No vision for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games
There is still no vision yet in sight for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games argues Sven Saaler from Tokyo's Sophia University.
CSR in Japan
Japan has a very strong commitment to corporate social responsibility in the environment area, Anbumozhi Venkatachalam explained in his excellent lecture at Tokyo's Sophia University.
Yen decline on the cards
A Yen decline looks likely as Abenomics slows down, writes OMFIF Chairman David Marsh.
Japan's Chinese investment risk
China's dramatic rise has been driven by international investment and trade, especially with Japan. But today, political tensions between the two countries are threatening this relationship.
Japan's demographic drama
Japan is undergoing a dramatic demographic transition, with a rapid aging and prospective decline of its population. What are the reasons? Does it matter? What to do?
Japan's energy challenges
Japan's energy policy challenges of energy security, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability -- the "3Es" -- have only become more challenging following the Fukushima nuclear crisis.
Tokyo's stock market
Tokyo's stock market has taken off this year, apparently boosted by "Abenomics" and the decision to hold the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. How long will the party last?
Japan -- Australia's best friend!
"As far as I'm concerned, Japan is Australia's best friend in Asia and we want to keep it a very strong friendship," Australia's Tony Abbott told Japan's Shinzo Abe.
How's life in Japan?
How's life in Japan? It's a case of sweet and sour, according to the OECD's Better Life Initiative.
Japan's seeds of malaise
Japan's iron triangle of big business, bureaucrats and politicians drove its post-war rise. But they also planted the seeds of its present malaise, which Abenomics must now tackle.
Doing business in Japan
Doing business in Japan is notoriously difficult. But then again, companies like Ikea and Starbucks succeed famously.
What is the truth of the matter?
Japan's lost decades
Japan may now be emerging from its two lost decades. But could they have been avoided in the first place? Who was responsible? And could Japan stumble again when it increases its consumption tax.
Japan's and Myanmar's strategic partnership
Emanuele Schibotto writes of the impressive strategic partnership unfolding between Japan and Myanmar.
Japan must now go for growth!
Japan must now go for growth! Its GDP per capita is stuck at 20% below that of the upper half of the advanced OECD countries. And its labor productivity remains 25% below.
Fast facts on Japan
Here are some fast facts on Japan's population, economy and business that I have prepared for my students at Tokyo's Sophia University.
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