Will Japan be a country that welcomes all?

| May 24, 2014

Will Japan be a country that welcomes all?

by Michael Hoffman

“A nation of immigrants.” Japan? The leading proponent of that vision has been Hidenori Sakanaka, former head of the Tokyo Immigration Bureau, current executive director of the private think tank he founded in 2007, the Japan Immigration Policy Institute. His was long a voice ...

Fix population problem by helping families

| May 17, 2014

Fix population problem by helping families

by Philip Brasor

For the past 18 months, media outlets in Japan and abroad have looked approvingly upon Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to improve the country’s economic future through proactive measures dubbed “Abenomics.” The goal is to spur inflation so that companies can make more money ...

Myanmar's first census in 30 years extended amid controversy

Apr 12, 2014

Myanmar's first census in 30 years extended amid controversy

A group of women dressed in green sarong-like longyis and simple white blouses stand around a table piled with census forms, entering neat notations on spreadsheets by hand. The women will have to go through 37,579 family census forms, according to officials, using calculators ...

Middle-class status eluding more Americans

| Apr 4, 2014

Middle-class status eluding more Americans

A sense of belonging to the middle class occupies a cherished place in America. It conjures images of self-sufficient people with stable jobs and pleasant homes working toward prosperity. Yet nearly five years after the Great Recession ended, more people are coming to the ...