Sep 15, 2014

OECD cuts growth outlook for G-7, worried about eurozone

The OECD on Monday cut its economic outlook for the Group of Seven nations in 2014, including Japan, while expecting a moderate expansion to continue in most of the major economies. In its interim economic assessment report, the Paris-based organization also said the “most ...

Abe recommits to 'womenomics'

Sep 12, 2014

Abe recommits to 'womenomics'

by Masaaki Kameda

At an international conference focusing on women, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday renewed his pledge to promote the status of women in society. Speaking to an audience of about 1,000 people attending the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo, Abe vowed to address ...

Sep 10, 2014

U.S. falls behind in college competition, OECD says

The United States has slipped behind many other countries in college completion and “educational mobility,” with fewer young Americans getting more education than their parents, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s “Education at a Glance” report. U.S. college graduation rates rank ...

Top-paid Nikkei 225 female exec shows Japan gender hurdles

Aug 18, 2014

Top-paid Nikkei 225 female exec shows Japan gender hurdles

Only one female executive made it to the top-earner list of the Nikkei 225 companies last year. She is an American who lives in New York. Nicole Seligman, president of Sony Corporation of America and Sony Entertainment Inc., is the only female among 185 ...

Jul 19, 2014

A better goal for Japan's economy

The chief economist for the OECD, Rintaro Tamaki, observes that the aim of Japanese economic policy is still mainly about strengthening growth, while European policy focuses on reducing inequality. Apparently you can't have both.

Tohoku teens plan thank-you festival in Paris

Jul 11, 2014

Tohoku teens plan thank-you festival in Paris

by Masaaki Kameda

Some 80 Tohoku teenagers in an OECD-supported educational project will hold a cultural festival in Paris in August to express gratitude to those who supported the region’s recovery, student representatives said Friday. At an education ministry press conference in Tokyo, three students who outlined ...

Jun 26, 2014

Japanese teachers work longest hours among OECD members

Japanese teachers work an average of 53.9 hours per week, the highest figure among the OECD’s 34 member countries. The figure for Japan was well above the average of 38.3 hours among OECD members, according to the Teaching and Learning International Survey, which Japan ...

Second European team missing in east Ukraine

May 30, 2014

Second European team missing in east Ukraine

A second team of European monitors was reported missing in restive eastern Ukraine on Friday despite army claims it had regained control over much of the separatist rust belt. The United States meanwhile voiced growing concern over the sudden appearance of fighters from Russia’s ...

Abe says OECD should promote fair international trade rules

May 6, 2014

Abe says OECD should promote fair international trade rules

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday called on the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development to play a key role in promoting fair international trade rules, stressing the importance of creating a new economic order based on healthy competition. Japan will accelerate efforts to ...

OECD warns Japan's economy may suffer inflation without wage growth

May 6, 2014

OECD warns Japan's economy may suffer inflation without wage growth

Japan’s economy may face a slowdown if inflation goes up without wage expansion, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development warned Tuesday, cutting its projections for the country’s economic growth in 2014. The Paris-based club of 34 advanced nations said in its biannual report ...