Michael R. Czinkota

For Michael R. Czinkota's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

/ Feb 4, 2006

New auto jobs, not quotas

WASHINGTON — U.S. automakers are in dire straits. While non-U.S. brands are gaining market share, both GM and Ford have announced major plant closings and substantial layoffs. For some, these announcements have raised the specter of a return to the policies of the 1980s, ...

/ Jan 9, 2006

Keys to greater prosperity

WASHINGTON — As we begin a new year, we look for guideposts to help governments and business improve economic performance. In a world of global competition, the platform provided to firms and individuals is crucial to growth and prosperity. From observations comparing countries that ...

/ Nov 28, 2005

We can pay now or pay later

WASHINGTON — International terrorists attack businesses far more than any other target, and when they strike, they aim to disrupt the flow of supply and demand and to destroy our way of life. A survey of 642 global firms found that terrorism is the ...

/ Sep 1, 2005

Where is the German vision?

WASHINGTON — When German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder precipitated early elections in Germany, the decision to seek electoral guidance appeared appealing. Since then, the choices on Sept. 18 have been remarkable mainly for their paucity and obscurity. Unless the parties and their candidates are able ...

/ May 25, 2005

Too soon to let computers replace university libraries

at Houston has announced that it is removing almost all the books from its undergraduate library to provide space for a digital learning center, where students can use computers to access a wide variety of information. University officials are proud to be leading a ...

/ Apr 23, 2005

Academic freedom for all

WASHINGTON — Academic freedom is close to the hearts of many. Being able to teach what “needs” to be taught, to speak out and to pursue thoughts to wherever they may lead are some of the most crucial components of academia. In light of ...

/ Jan 6, 2005

Finding succor in tragedy

WASHINGTON — It is said that even the darkest cloud has a silver lining. So what positives could possibly be connected with the sorrowful destruction from Sumatra’s tsunami? The catastrophe has shown us several things: First, we all are vulnerable, be it because of ...

/ Nov 6, 2004

Surely U.S. set to reconcile

WASHINGTON — After a campaign that stressed the importance of continuity, some might expect few changes in policies during the second term of President George W. Bush. But the outcome of this bitterly fought election has clarified many issues in the United States and ...

/ Aug 16, 2004

Sun rapidly setting on German paradise

WASHINGTON — My summertime in Germany with family and friends gave me the warmth and many pleasures of the visitor. On the level of the economy, unfortunately, my visit provided me with the pains of the outside spectator who sees things unfold with the ...

/ Jun 12, 2004

Conviction, vision led Reagan to greatness

WASHINGTON — A great man has died, moving a piece of the present into history. It is a history that many of us have been part of and that shapes our future. U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s years in office were not easy. When a ...