Japan's bribery problems
The OECD has recently issued a scathing report on Japan's efforts to fight bribery and corruption.
Japan's and Myanmar's strategic partnership
Emanuele Schibotto writes of the impressive strategic partnership unfolding between Japan and Myanmar.
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!
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 in the Asian century
Japan is one of the major development success stories coming out of the post-War period. But how can Japan contribute to and benefit from this "Asian Century"?
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.
Japan & Korea: a Tale of Two Countries
Over the past two decades, as Japan has gradually slipped down the OECD ladder in terms of GDP per capita, Korea has progressively climbed the same ladder. How could this happen?
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.
There is perhaps no country more in need of innovative ideas than Japan. There must be a solution to its political paralysis and economic funk. But is Japan capable of an innovative future?
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.
Happiness in Japan
The German Institute for Japanese Studies has been studying “The Quest for Happiness in Japan”. What are its insights?
Globalization and the challenges of our youth
This is the text of a speech that I delivered to a group of students at Tokyo's Keio University on 13 October, 2012.
Global education in Japan
In my four semesters from 2009 to 2011 teaching at Sophia University in Tokyo, I endeavoured to provide my students with a "global education". What does the term global education mean?
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?
Divesting the Image of "Inscrutable Japanese"
Masahiko Agata, Vice Chairman of the English-Speaking Union of Japan, has some interesting thoughts to share with us on the "inscrutable Japanese".
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.
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.
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.
Conflict in the East and South China Seas
This article, I originally wrote some time ago, is worth a read in light the Chinese/Japanese conflicts in the East China Sea
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.
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