Japan’s low-tech world
A glacial move towards digitalisation has left much of the
country’s workforce and public servces in the last century.
The Abe Legacy: How Japan Has Been Shaped by Abe Shinzo
Abe Shinzō was Japan’s longest-serving prime minister. But his legacy will be mixed at best, according to a recent volume from leading Japanese and Western scholars.
How is Japan doing now?
Japanese economy is bouncing back, and COVID-19 seems relatively under control. Longer-term challenges of large government debt, weak productivity and an ageing population require serious attention.
Can Tokyo Pull Off a Success With the Olympic Games?
Tokyo's Olympic Games are facing deep popular opposition, but the IOC and the Japanese government are fully behind it and determined to make it a success, writes John West.
Japan’s foreign policy continues to grapple with end of Cold War and rise of China
The election of Joe Biden to the US presidency notwithstanding, Japan will need to maintain its more independent and activist foreign policy to protect its interests, writes John West.
Book Review: Japan’s New Regional Reality – Geoeconomic Strategy in the Asia-Pacific
In her new book, Saori Katada details the country’s shift from being perceived as a trade villain to an active promoter of an open, rules-based regional trade order, writes John West.
The Legacy of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Shinzo Abe was a consequential, though flawed leader, writes John West.
A disaster under-(re)insurance puzzle: Home bias in disaster risk-bearing
Hiro Ito and Robert N. McCauley find that individual economies share the cost of natural disasters to a surprisingly small extent.
Could Coronavirus Help to Modernize the Japanese Economy?
The coronavirus could help stimulate the modernisation of the Japanese economy, writes John West.
Japan struggles with Covid-19
Japan's management of the Covid-19 pandemic has been much more troubled than Asian neighbours like Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea, writes John West.
Japan and the New Silk Road -- Book Review
John West reviews “Japan and the New Silk Road: diplomacy, development, and connectivity" by Nikolay Murashkin.
Reading Room: China and Japan: Facing History by Ezra F. Vogel
Vogel offers a holistic perspective on the relationship between China and Japan. This perspective forms a useful basis to examine the state of modern Sino-Japanese relations, writes John West.
Carlos Ghosn – from rock-star CEO to international fugitive
The tale of the former Nissan chief exposes the contradictions
of the man – and of corporate culture in Japan writes John West.
The China-Japan Economic Relationship Is Getting Stronger
John West, executive director of the Asian Century Institute, explains why the reorientation of Japan’s economy toward China represents a paradigm shift.
Asia’s shameful gender discrimination
Japan is a standout for all the wrong reasons in a recent
assessment of the gender gap in leading economies.
Improving Japan’s corporate governance
Improving Japan’s corporate governance is critical for the country’s future prosperity, writes John West.
Japan's womenomics imperative
Japan Is a Poor Performer on Gender Equality. Can the ‘Womenomics’ Initiative Help asks John West?
G20 and a world in flux
The G-20 Summit Showed a World in Disarray, but Events on the Margins Suggest Progress, writes John West.
As Global Protectionism Rises, Japan Emerges as Asia’s Free Trade Champion
John West explains how Japan became a free trade champion—and why it matters.
Robotics Improves the Fate of Demographic Decline in Japan
John West explains how advanced #robotics is proving to be very helpful in dealing with Japan's demographic decline.
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