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?
Clinton to China, "STOP IT"
"China and Japan are sliding towards war", wrote the Economist magazine on 19 January.
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 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...
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?
Challenges in Asia and the World: Democracy, Nationalism and Secularism
We are honored that Ambassador Kazuo Kodama, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the UN, has shared with us his recent speech to the Japan America Society of Southern California.
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?
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.
Reflections on Japan
As I was leaving Japan, one year ago, I was interviewed by Emanuele Schibotto* on various aspects of the Japanese economy. The reflections are still very relevant today.
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