Takashi Umekawa
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 11, 2020
Japan kept activist investor in limbo over key Toshiba vote, sources say
The news illustrates how Japan's tighter rules on foreign ownership may also be used to keep activist shareholders in check.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 2, 2016
Government lobbies wary firms to invest in Russia in bid to resolve territorial dispute
The government is lobbying Japanese firms to invest in Russian projects to help secure a breakthrough in a festering territorial row with Moscow when President Vladimir Putin visits Japan in December, sources have said.
Mar 16, 2015
To counter China and South Korea, government to fund Japan studies at U.S. colleges
The Abe government has budgeted more than $15 million to fund Japan studies at nine universities overseas, including Georgetown and MIT, as part of a 'soft power' push to counter the growing influence of China and South Korea.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan