For Yoshiyuki Sagara's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Feb 12, 2021
Within a year, the Japanese government has issued two states of emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic under two prime ministers: Shinzo Abe and then Yoshihide Suga. When the Abe administration lifted the state of emergency last May, Abe attributed Japan’s success in keeping infections and deaths lower than in other major industrialized countries to what he called the “Japan model” of dealing with the crisis. The “Japan model” can properly be declared a model only if its efforts to bring infections under control and stabilize the economy work simultaneously. In consideration of this, during the first half of 2020, what effects did Japan’s countermeasures bring about? Which policies did not work? What remains uncertain?
Jan 27, 2011
SINGAPORE — In India, a potentially huge economic and social crisis is in the making, involving extensive rewriting of recipe books to exclude a favorite ingredient. Onions are in short supply and their prices have risen by 80 percent, too expensive for many Indians to afford as part of their daily diet. India's food inflation is 20 percent.
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