Michael Sutton

For Michael Sutton's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Oct 18, 2013

Lack of U.S. vision hurts TPP

If President Barack Obama is really shopping for a legacy, then he should widen his gaze and look to the global stage. There is no need to rush the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks.

Dec 26, 2011

The greater evil is to expect an Asia-Pacific war

Now that the war in Afghanistan appears to be reaching an end, President Barack Obama has indicated that the United States will shift focus toward the Asia-Pacific. Some have greeted this declaration with alarm, assuming that strategic redeployments and debates in the region concerning ...

Nov 7, 2011

Reconstruction and healing must precede entry into TPP

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is strategically significant for U.S. re-engagement with East Asia and is a concrete response to the perception of U.S. decline in the region in light of Chinese economic power and regional ambition. For TPP members and potential members, the multilateral ...

Sep 28, 2011

Aussie pronatal policy is not a model for Japan

Since reaching a total fertility rate (TFR) of 1.57 in 1989, Japan has been deeply concerned about demographic trends and future prospects. Below replacement fertility — measured as less than 2.1 children per woman — has been a feature of Japanese demography since 1974. ...

Aug 10, 2011

What in the world happened to free trade?

These days nobody talks about free trade. It is widely believed that free trade is a relic of the past. Free trade, like the term globalization seems to be out of place in this world of polite environmentalism. Free trade has been replaced by ...

Apr 12, 2011

Refigure a way to renew Japanese society

In the wake of the catastrophic tsunami, earthquake and nuclear disaster in Tohoku, the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) has bowed to pressure and terminated an increase in the child allowance program from ¥13,000 to ¥20,000 per month for children under 3. The ...

Dec 31, 2010

Japan's cloudy prospects for higher fertility

WASHINGTON — Japan’s efforts to raise fertility through changes to the child allowance present a fragile and troubling vision for the future. Japan’s demographic malaise is hardly unique. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2010 it shared a total fertility rate (TFR) of ...