Commentary Mar 25, 2002

There's more to a name than meets the eye

As someone who has crossed the Pacific Ocean over 450 times since 1956, I am constantly fascinated by the similarities and differences between the United States and Japan. Among the challenges facing someone who lives in both societies is that what is so positive ...

Music Sep 26, 2001

Asian Youth Orchestra brings vigor and virtuosity

Asian Youth Orchestra Aug. 31, Sergiu Comissiona conducting the Asian Youth Orchestra in the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall -- "Russlan and Ludmilla" Overture (Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka, 1804-57); Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E Minor, Op. 64 (Felix Mendelssohn, 1809-47) featuring Leila Josefowicz; Symphony ...

Commentary Mar 28, 2001

Understanding 'leadership' in Japan

An American scholar who recently proposed writing a book about leadership in Japan was told by his colleagues, "A book? You'll be lucky to find enough material to write a chapter, or more likely a newspaper article, on the subject!" Along these lines, it is ...

Commentary Feb 9, 2001

Which 'global standard'?

At the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland last month, Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara reportedly attracted more attention than Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori. The reason is that while the prime minister gave a predictable presentation expressing optimism about Japan's economic future, the governor ...

Commentary Jan 18, 2001

Bush faces an expectation gap

The emergence of George W. Bush as winner in the 2000 U.S. presidential election is creating an "expectation gap" between Japan and the United States. Many Japanese have greeted the Bush victory with a sigh of relief. They had feared that a Gore administration, ...

Commentary Aug 19, 2000

Labor challenges for Japan

Since the end of the Cold War -- symbolized by the collapse of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9, 1989 -- "globalization" has become the world's most controversial subject. But what does "globalization" mean? For corporate management, the key elements of globalization include the following: ...

Commentary Aug 2, 2000

A decade of transformation

The 37th annual U.S.-Japan Business Conference that met in Tokyo last month reflected the vast changes that have taken place in the U.S.-Japan economic relationship over the past 10 years. When I attended my first Business Conference a decade ago, I had just joined AT&T ...

Commentary Jun 14, 2000

The chancy politics of weather

In less than two weeks, on Sunday, June 25, Japanese voters will cast their ballots in what will be Japan's last general election of the 20th century. This may well turn out to be the most important Japanese general election since July 18, 1993, ...

Commentary Apr 6, 2000

Still searching for balance

Every spring, the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan sends a delegation to Washington, D.C. to meet with senior U.S. administration officials and key members of Congress to discuss issues of concern to the U.S. business community in Japan. Participating in the ACCJ visit ...

Commentary Mar 9, 2000

Telecommunications matters

Telecommunications has long been a contentious issue between the United States and Japan. This is because although Americans believe that the U.S. has the most advanced and most competitive telecommunications system in the world, market penetration in Japan for U.S. equipment suppliers and service ...