Brigid Grauman

For Brigid Grauman's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Aug 12, 2011

Mr. Kan counts the days

The ruling Democratic Party of Japan and the two main opposition parties, the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito, on Tuesday struck a deal, making it certain that the Diet will pass by Aug. 26 a bill to float government bonds needed for the fiscal ...

May 3, 2011

BRICS without the mortar

Last month’s summit of the BRIC countries, Brazil, Russia, India, China, now renamed BRICS with the addition of South Africa, announced with great fanfare that the group was determined to punch its new muscle on the world economic stage and no longer to be ...

Feb 13, 2011

Minding a world banker's conflict of interest

CHICAGO — When Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a former French finance minister, was appointed managing director of the International Monetary Fund in 2007, many developing countries objected — not to him, but to the tradition that gave the IMF’s top job to a European, with the ...

Mar 28, 2010

The Swiss model for helping foreigners fit in

BRUSSELS — As policymakers scratch their heads and wonder how best to absorb different cultures and religions into Europe’s very distinct national societies, they could do worse than consider some new ideas being developed in Switzerland. Switzerland? The country that recently voted to ban ...