Oct 26, 2011

A call for improved national crisis management policy

More than seven months have already passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster. Industrial production in the affected areas has bounced back to pre-disaster levels, but the recovery of agriculture and fishery is lagging and nearly 70,000 people remain in evacuation facilities. On ...

Jul 26, 2011

Push FTA of South Korea, Japan, China toward TPP

Ten years since the concept of a free-trade agreement (FTA) among Japan, China and South Korea was proposed, some visibly significant moves have gotten under way recently. The three countries, at their leaders’ summit talks held in Japan on May 21 and 22, reached ...

Jun 17, 2011

Triple disaster proves need for an industrial revolution

Some three months since the colossal earthquake and tsunami in eastern Japan, stricken areas are getting on track for recovery with local industrial production capacity having been restored to as much as 90 percent of pre-disaster levels. Tokyo Electric Power Co. has announced plans ...

Apr 24, 2011

Will postquake recovery lead to a new Japan?

The March 11 Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and tsunami left some 27,000 people dead or missing and caused an estimated ¥25 trillion in economic devastation along the northeastern Pacific coastal areas. And the accidents at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant caused radiation ...

Mar 22, 2011

The rejuvenation of Tokyo

With April’s gubernatorial election in Tokyo just around the corner, major candidates have announced their decisions to run. This political event comes amid the world’s red-hot competition for intercity popularity. While advanced-nation cities such as New York, London and Paris are enhancing their charms ...

Feb 13, 2011

How does Japan start to cope with fewer births, longer lives?

Economic growth depends on the rates of population increase and technological evolution, among other factors. Technological evolution relies on the capacities of human beings. So its kernel factor is human power. At the outset of the 21st century, the perception that “international competition is ...

Dec 25, 2010

Revitalizing national politics

The Democratic Party of Japan realized a dramatic change of government with its great win in the Lower House election in August 2009. The DPJ victory came when policy evolution in the later years of the coalition administration by the Liberal Democratic Party and ...

Nov 25, 2010

Surviving the currency competition

The yen’s exchange value is considered likely to top the rate of ¥79.75 to the dollar registered in 1995 for an all-time high sooner or later. At a meeting that ended Oct. 23, Group of 20 finance ministers and central bank governors managed to ...

Oct 11, 2010

Is Japan's disease curable?

Since the 1990s, often called Japan’s “lost 10 years,” many parts of Japanese society have been disintegrating. Japan’s influence has been in decline in the international community and on the global economic scene. Its share of the world’s gross domestic product dropped from 14.3 ...