May 29, 2013

Abenomics vs. bad economics

The good news is that the Japanese economy and stocks are recovering. The bad news is that austerity hawks still view "Abenomics" as a mere flash in the pan.

Feb 28, 2013

Education miracles in remote Japan

It will be hard finding a replacement for the late Dr. Mineo Nakajima, who oversaw the development of a prestigious university in Akita Prefecture.

Jan 21, 2013

Japan's leaders must see the need for sustaining a fiscal Big Bang

With Japan’s stock market surging even before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled his plans for economic stimulus, we would have expected the usual anti-stimulus critics to be silent, at least for a while. But no. Already we hear the usual complaints — more printing ...

Nov 28, 2012

Japan's university education crisis

Education minister Makiko Tanaka has apologized for trying to cancel approvals given by her ministry bureaucrats for three institutions seeking to operate as fully fledged four-year universities providing undergraduate degrees. But should she have apologized? There is a crisis in Japanese tertiary education. Student ...

Aug 22, 2012

Remembering Japan's 'deserters'

The Obon festival celebrated on Aug. 15 in many parts of Japan marks the alleged release of ghosts from past mythical sufferings. The Aug. 15 anniversary of Japan’s 1945 defeat also gives Japan’s dwindling band of progressive TV program producers freedom to confront the ...