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I have a dream: a 'young first' Japan that works for all

| Nov 27, 2012

I have a dream: a 'young first' Japan that works for all

It is a political season. Barack Obama was recently re-elected president of the United States, China has anointed Xi Jinping as its new leader, and Japanese politicians are jockeying for position in advance of a general election to be held on Dec. 16. In ...

Japanese business isn't working: What would Shima do?

| Jun 26, 2012

Japanese business isn't working: What would Shima do?

A Ponzi scheme. Alleged yakuza ties. Accounting scandals. Executive misuse of company funds for gambling. A record-breaking bankruptcy. Callous disregard of public health and safety. Japanese companies are in the headlines a lot these days. But for all the wrong reasons. While each is ...

Japanese must tap their 'inner Israeli'

| Jan 3, 2012

Japanese must tap their 'inner Israeli'

Aimless, Japan has been struggling to find a suitable vision, or model, for its future. Should it strive to be like Finland, small but prosperous? Should it de-emphasize economic growth and focus on sustainability and lifestyle? Should it look to the go-go ’80s for ...

'English interface' could be key to Japan's revival

| Jul 5, 2011

'English interface' could be key to Japan's revival

Japan is not No. 1. After 20 years of stagnation-punctuated decline, it should not be news to anyone that Ezra Vogel got it wrong in his 1979 best-seller, “Japan as Number One: Lessons for America.” Yet, in their endless navel-gazing and wheel-spinning (which, sadly, ...

Japan, be confident!

| Feb 15, 2011

Japan, be confident!

On the day of his departure from Hokkaido on April 16, 1877, at the end of his tenure as the first president of what later became Hokkaido University, William Smith Clark left his charges, and Japan, with a parting message: “Boys, be ambitious.” For ...