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Nancy Snow
For Nancy Snow's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jul 2, 2019
Hosting the Group of 20 summit did Japan no favors
By chairing a summit dominated by political hot potato centerpieces Japan has diminished its global leadership capacity.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jul 27, 2018
Japan's universities need more global ties
Japanese universities are becoming regionally more powerful, but they still have a long path ahead to rank among the top universities in the world.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Nov 30, 2017
Mayor damages Osaka's image by cutting ties with San Francisco
The more Japan complains about "comfort women" memorials, the more attention it draws to the issue.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 8, 2017
Japan has much to teach America about guns
Owning a gun in Japan is not viewed as a freedom equalizer. It's seen as a social disruption to the smooth and peaceful rhythm of daily life.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jul 12, 2017
Why Yuriko Koike is the new face of brand Japan
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike's embrace of the concept "citizens first" is proving to be a recipe for success.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
May 5, 2017
Japan must take lead in gender diplomacy
Japan must create work and life conditions for its talented female researchers to want to remain in their native homeland.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 31, 2017
Forget Wall Street gains, U.S. soft power has crashed
The persuasive abilities of the U.S. in global public opinion has hit a new low.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 14, 2016
Is America on track to be the Great Satan again?
Donald Trump's choice for U.S. secretary of state is the right messenger to magnify the Great Satan message, but the wrong messenger to magnify the Great Protector message.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Oct 26, 2016
Can the ultimate marketing campaign sell peace?
A Peace Age is possible, if we try hard enough.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jun 7, 2016
Women's empowerment: The time is now, Japan
While Japan's GDP growth is declining, the country is experiencing a rise in gross domestic power of the feminine persuasion.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Mar 21, 2016
Ise Jingu: telling Japan's story to the rest of the world
Ise Shrine can offer world leaders a valuable message when they gather there in May.
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 26, 2016
The fate of a dolphin activist in Japan's flawed democracy
Japan can change its image as the democracy where dissent is in detention by holding a debate with dolphin hunt opponent Ric O'Barry before expelling him.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Nov 23, 2015
Japan's future is an OISTer
Japan's best-kept educational secret is the world-class Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Oct 4, 2015
In lieu of taking in refugees, Abe opens up checkbook
While Japan has not been open to accepting refugees amid the current world crisis, it has at least increased its financial contributions to addressing the problem.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jul 16, 2015
The Abe administration's arrogance of power moment
Before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe flexes his military muscles, indulges himself in historical revisionism and preaches to China about the rule of law, he should observe the principle of rule of law at home.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jun 16, 2015
Turning Japan's universities into genuine global players
If Japan wants to raise its own profile in the world, along with its universities, it must place greater emphasis on group discussion, debate and public presentation.
COMMENTARY / Japan
May 14, 2015
Branding Japan beyond Abe
The people of Japan need to be reminded of their value beyond Tokyo's central government, its dominant party, the LDP, and its main leader, Shinzo Abe.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Oct 10, 2013
Japan's 'brand' as good as the people behind it
Japan should engage its citizens in a seven-year path of public diplomacy leading up to the 2020 Olympics — and to a worldbeating show of cultural history and hospitality.

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