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.
Japan is my favorite Asian nation
"Japan is my favorite Asian nation", writes James Pereyra from Tokyo's Sophia University, "but there is still much work to do for the country to realize its full potential".
Japan: towards a renewable energy future?
Following the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan has the opportunity to chart a new future based on renewable energy, writes Aline Schaltz from Tokyo's Sophia University.
Japan's social contract under severe stress
Only a few decades ago, Japan seemed to have one of the world's strongest social contracts. But today, it is under severe stress.
Happiness in Japan
The German Institute for Japanese Studies has been studying “The Quest for Happiness in Japan”. What are its insights?
Social media and Japan's anti-nuclear movement
Vanessa Vyvial, currently studying at Tokyo's Sophia University, has shared with us this interesting piece on social media and Japan's anti-nuclear movement.
Shinzo Abe on Abenomics
Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has shared with us through LinkedIn this article on Japan's New Growth Strategy: Bringing Rapid Reform To the Country.
Abenomics must bring seismic change to Japan
The cherry blossoms appeared ten days early this year. And optimism has returned to Japan with its new government led by Shinzo Abe. But "Abenomics" must bring seismic change to Japan.
Japan's nuclear madness
"Two years after the 2011 disaster, we are building a new future", says Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Honto desu ka? Really?
Our understandings of our origins are always a mixture of myth, legend and fragments of knowledge from archeology. What do we know of the origins of Japan, a country that believes in its uniqueness?
Change of direction at Asian Development Bank?
Could the Asian Development Bank be heading in a new direction under the prospective new leadership of Takehiko Nakao?
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