Japan's stunted democracy
With thousands of Japanese citizens in the streets protesting against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, could Japan be on the verge of becoming a mature, full-fledged democracy asks John West.
Japanese lessons: what the country can learn from Uniqlo's success
The Japanese government could learn a lot from the success of Uniqlo, writes John West.
Frost & Sullivan's GIL 2015 in Japan, 4 June
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Softbank weaves its world wide web
From humble beginnings, SoftBank has evolved into Japan’s leading telecommunications and internet corporation. John West looks at how it is trying to make this success global.
Impressions of Japan
"My first impression of Japanese business and economy is a mixed bag," says Rinaldi Rorimpandey, a January-session student at Tokyo's Sophia University.
Target Canada: why Japanese companies are heading eastwards
Japan has a long history of investing in Canada, a trend that is showing no sign of slowing thanks in no small part to recent activity from companies like Honda, Japan Petroleum Exploration and Muji.
Japan almost made it!
Japan flirted with very high income status in the late 1980s. But following a financial crisis 20 years ago, it has slipped back. Today, convergence with world leaders is "mission impossible".
Japan struggles into Asian Century
Japan, long time Asia's leading nation, is struggling to reposition itself for the Asian Century, argues John West.
Japan's economy -- from miracle to mystery to pious hopes
After four decades of miraculous development, Japan's economy then experienced twenty years of mysterious stagnation. Despite "Abenomics" new hopes, hope is now turning to despair, argues John West.
In search of Japan's roots
Japan's historical and cultural roots are very deep. We must try to understand them, to understand the country today.
Japan calls its corporates to account
Japan is embarking upon the challenging task of bringing its corporate governance structure up to international standards.
Investment builds bridges between China and Japan
While the political relationship between China and Japan remains tense, Chinese FDI into Japan has been picking up pace.
Hope and promise of Japan's "womenomics"
Too many Asians do not have a chance to contribute to society or the economy. Perhaps the most egregious case is that of Japanese women.
Womenomics and Japan's modernization
Anthony De Bondt, a student at Tokyo's Sophia University, explores the participation of Japanese women in the economy, one of country's biggest challenges.
Abenomics' “Third Arrow” at the Tipping Point
Abenomics' “Third Arrow”is at the "tipping point", argues Nicholas Benes, Representative Director of The Board Director Training Institute of Japan.
Japan and China -- a valuable economic partnership
Japan and China have a very deep economic partnership today. While political factors are challenging this, the strong economic partnership can also help stabilize the political relationship.
Japan's economy is still genki!
With the rise of China's economy these past years, some people now underestimate Japan. But Japan's economy is still genki!
Polite Japan's dark underbelly
The very sharp criticisms of Japan, recently meted out by the United Nations Human Rights Committee, are a harsh reminder of how shallow is democracy in that country.
Shinzo Abe's whale-onomics
Shinzo Abe is extremely slow in launching the structural reform "arrow" of his Abenomics program. But he has been quick to decide that he wants Japan to resume its annual whale hunt in the Antarctic.
Abenomics' arrows off target
Are Abenomics' arrows off target when it comes to reviving Japanese FDI?
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