Alliance of Civilizations' Asian Initiative
The UN Alliance of Civilizations, an initiative launched to address mutual distrust between the Islamic world and the West, is elaborating an impressive new program in Asia.
Alberta's pivot to Asia
Changing dynamics in the US, Alberta's main market, are foisting the landlocked Candian province into the Asian Century.
CSR with Chinese Characteristics?
Benoit Vermander's excellent new book, “Corporate Social Responsibility in China: A Vision, an Assessment and a Blueprint”, is a must-read for all China watchers.
Ai Weiwei -- According to what?
Ai Weiwei is said to be the most important contemporary artist in the world today. But is he really an artist? Or is he more an activist, and a self-promoting media manipulator?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Japan's muddled development cooperation
Japan received a right scolding from the OECD in its recent report on Japan’s development cooperation policies.
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 financial crisis
While Japan's financial crisis is still discussed and analysed for it many lessons, Gillian Tett's book, “Saving the Sun”, remains the reference.
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's experiment in ethnic immigration
Japan's experiment in ethnic immigration -- inviting Latin Americans of Japanese ethnicity to settle in Japan -- has not been successful. The cocktail of samba and sushi did not blend.
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.
Japan's dysfunctional politics
Japan's triple crisis of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster was an exceptional and unprecedented event. So why didn't Japan respond in an exceptional and unprecedented way?
Japan's comparative advantage
When you hear of the travails of companies like Sharp, Sony and Panasonic, it's hard not to descend into a state of “Japo-pessimism”.
But the Japanese economy does have a dynamic under belly...
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.
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