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William Pesek
For William Pesek's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Feb 27, 2018
Japan asks wrong question about Olympic Games
Only bold reforms, not sporting events, will ensure the big wins that Abenomics promises
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Feb 18, 2018
Kuroda must channel his inner Greenspan
The BOJ governor must shift from being a man of bold action to one of courageous words.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jan 30, 2018
Abe's Trump bromance had a terrible month
Three actions in the past week encapsulate why the prime minister's investment in the Trump White House may backfire
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jan 19, 2018
How energy neglect holds Japan back
Tokyo's game plan underplays the biggest industry of tomorrow: inventing clean ways to grow rapidly without choking.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jan 12, 2018
Japan's quiet #MeToo movement says everything
As the #MeToo movement spans the globe, Japan is conspicuous for a relative silence, particularly where it matters most.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jan 7, 2018
Abenomics should follow Masayoshi Son's lead
Could SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son re-energize the Abe administration's structural reform effort?
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Dec 19, 2017
Why Bannon showing Abe love is cringeworthy
Former Trump chief strategist may have inadvertently diagnosed why Abe isn't making Japan's economy great again.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Dec 14, 2017
Tokyo may be too late to the financial hub party
The capital has many things going for it, but time isn't among them.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Dec 5, 2017
Let's make 2018 the year of the wage surge
If the Abe administration wants companies to open their wallets, it must disrupt corporate Japan's incrementalism.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Dec 1, 2017
Corporate Japan looking too Chinese for comfort
The steady parade of corporate scandals shows the government isn't doing enough to bring Japan Inc. to heel.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Nov 23, 2017
Will America's bankers oblige Donald Trump?
The debt that should worry Abe's team the most over the next few months is Tokyo's $1.1 trillion of U.S. treasuries.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 14, 2017
How Trump is driving Asian powers together
U.S. President Donald Trump's 'America first' policy is amounting to 'Asia first' in the global economic packing order.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Nov 6, 2017
Japan is at the center of Asia's women problem
It's high time that Japan, and Asia generally, turned today's embarrassing gender dynamics into an economic opportunity for tomorrow.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Oct 31, 2017
Coronation of Xi is a wakeup call for Abe and Trump
With most roads leading to Beijing these days, Tokyo and Washington would be wise to devise ways to fight strength with economic strength.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Oct 23, 2017
Abe, post-election, faces a new Trump problem
The odds of Japan getting advantageous terms in direct talks with a U.S. president who's torn up myriad deals since January are tiny.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Oct 10, 2017
Main parties ignoring Japan's top security threat
Neither Shinzo Abe nor Yuriko Koike are addressing Japan's most difficult threat: demographic devolution.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Oct 5, 2017
Kibo no To puts tax hike insanity in the spotlight
Win or lose on Oct. 22, the energized opposition force coalescing around Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike is already changing the political conversation for the better in three specific ways.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Sep 13, 2017
When the world turns Japanese
Tokyo and the West alike are failing to heed Japan's economic lessons.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Sep 5, 2017
Abe's moment to call Xi Jinping
The North Korean crisis presents Shinzo Abe with an opportunity to build closer ties with China.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Aug 31, 2017
Time for Abe to put some eggs in the China basket
As Shinzo Abe's government bets it all on Donald Trump's America, there's new evidence that Xi Jinping's China holds far more promise.

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