Jan 18, 2001

Bush faces an expectation gap

The emergence of George W. Bush as winner in the 2000 U.S. presidential election is creating an “expectation gap” between Japan and the United States. Many Japanese have greeted the Bush victory with a sigh of relief. They had feared that a Gore administration, ...

Aug 19, 2000

Labor challenges for Japan

Since the end of the Cold War — symbolized by the collapse of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9, 1989 — “globalization” has become the world’s most controversial subject. But what does “globalization” mean? For corporate management, the key elements of globalization include the ...

Aug 2, 2000

A decade of transformation

The 37th annual U.S.-Japan Business Conference that met in Tokyo last month reflected the vast changes that have taken place in the U.S.-Japan economic relationship over the past 10 years. When I attended my first Business Conference a decade ago, I had just joined ...

Jun 14, 2000

The chancy politics of weather

In less than two weeks, on Sunday, June 25, Japanese voters will cast their ballots in what will be Japan’s last general election of the 20th century. This may well turn out to be the most important Japanese general election since July 18, 1993, ...

Apr 6, 2000

Still searching for balance

Every spring, the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan sends a delegation to Washington, D.C. to meet with senior U.S. administration officials and key members of Congress to discuss issues of concern to the U.S. business community in Japan. Participating in the ACCJ visit ...

Mar 9, 2000

Telecommunications matters

Telecommunications has long been a contentious issue between the United States and Japan. This is because although Americans believe that the U.S. has the most advanced and most competitive telecommunications system in the world, market penetration in Japan for U.S. equipment suppliers and service ...

Feb 5, 2000

Japan changes -- its own way

“Is Japan changing?” This is the question asked by virtually every recent visitor to Japan. The question reveals both the long-standing desire by many non-Japanese to see Japan change in fundamental ways and the heightened expectations fostered by years of hope-inducing Japanese rhetoric that ...