Glen S. Fukushima

For Glen S. Fukushima's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Dec 25, 2012

Japan's role in U.S.' Asia pivot

Proponents of the Obama administration’s “pivot,” or rebalance of attention and resources, toward Asia should be heartened by the results of Japan’s parliamentary election. The Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) landslide victory in the Lower House on Dec. 16 augurs well for a reinvigorated relationship ...

Apr 8, 2010

Reverse Japan's insularity

Nine of the top 10 countries sending students to study at Harvard University, where I attended graduate school, have more students studying at the university now than 10 years ago. The only exception is Japan, where the number of students has declined. A decline ...

Sep 9, 2004

Why Japan prefers Bush

With the U.S. presidential election less than two months away, interest is building globally in the likely outcome and its impact on America’s role in the world. The common wisdom is that most foreign governments are hoping President George W. Bush will lose in ...

Aug 21, 2002

Spirited Asian Youth Orchestra does it again

The Asian Youth Orchestra’s performance at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall on Aug. 8 was lively and spirited but not quite up to the standards of the seven previous performances I’ve seen. As in the past, the AYO — which this year is ...

May 19, 2002

'Sakura' -- or 'E.T. Comes to Japan'

One of the staples of Japanese daytime television for more than four decades has been the NHK Renzoku Terebii Shosetsu (serialized television novel), broadcast six days per week, Monday through Saturday, from 8:15 to 8:30 a.m. Begun in 1961, each “novel” runs for 26 ...

Apr 8, 2002

The 'corporate governance' debate

Over the past decade, “corporate governance” has come to replace “industrial policy” and “Japanese-style management” as the key factor to explain Japanese business performance. From the 1960s through the early 1990s, many observers focused on the close and cooperative relationship between Japan’s economic ministries ...

Mar 25, 2002

There's more to a name than meets the eye

As someone who has crossed the Pacific Ocean over 450 times since 1956, I am constantly fascinated by the similarities and differences between the United States and Japan. Among the challenges facing someone who lives in both societies is that what is so positive ...

Sep 26, 2001

Asian Youth Orchestra brings vigor and virtuosity

Asian Youth Orchestra Aug. 31, Sergiu Comissiona conducting the Asian Youth Orchestra in the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall — “Russlan and Ludmilla” Overture (Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka, 1804-57); Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E Minor, Op. 64 (Felix Mendelssohn, 1809-47) featuring Leila Josefowicz; ...

Mar 28, 2001

Understanding 'leadership' in Japan

An American scholar who recently proposed writing a book about leadership in Japan was told by his colleagues, “A book? You’ll be lucky to find enough material to write a chapter, or more likely a newspaper article, on the subject!” Along these lines, it ...

Feb 9, 2001

Which 'global standard'?

At the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland last month, Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara reportedly attracted more attention than Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori. The reason is that while the prime minister gave a predictable presentation expressing optimism about Japan’s economic future, the ...