Japanese policy online

The online interactive magazine Discuss Japan: Japan Foreign Policy Forum launched its Special Extensive Edition on March 11 to disseminate viewpoints and arguments relating to Japan’s foreign policy under the new administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Amid the United States shifting its focus to the Asia-Pacific region and the continuing rise of China, Japan’s role on the international stage will play a big part, especially in how the new Abe administration, in his second stint as prime minister, will steer foreign policy.

The editorial board of the web magazine decided to merge the 13th to 15th issues into the Special Extensive Edition to promote discussions under the following four themes:

Japan’s role amid the rise of Asia and “pivot” toward Asia

Is Japan tilting to the right?

Japan desires no conflicts

Have Japan’s politics really changed?

The special edition features interviews with Prime Minister Abe and other government and political leaders, round-table talks and panel discussions by experts and various opinion pieces. The contents will be updated regularly to spur discussion.

The journal, like its predecessor, Japan Echo Web, is commissioned by the Foreign Ministry, but the independent editorial board of private-sector experts solely determines the content and management policy of the website.

The Genron NPO, a nonprofit, independent Japanese think tank, serves as the secretariat of the board. Kyodo News is commissioned to handle English and Chinese translations and to operate the website.

For more information, visit www.japanpolicyforum.jp .


EU fashion trade show

On March 27 and 28, Some 40 European fashion houses and designers will visit Japan and hold a fashion trade show called “weareurope” at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo hotel in the Roppongi district.

The exhibition will show upcoming European brands, handpicked for their creativity and quality, that represent the middle- to high-end market. Japanese buyers and people involved in the fashion industry will have the chance to directly interact with the European designers, while custom-made catwalks will offer a sneak preview of trends to come.

From March 26 to 29, with the support of the European Union, the traveling party will stay in Japan to develop business ties with Japanese companies.

The main focus of the business mission is to support European designers in entering the Japanese market by presenting their autumn/winter 2013/14 collections to buyers, importers, agents and the media.

During the weeklong business mission, the participants will be given a comprehensive overview of the Japanese fashion retail market, practical tips on approaching and doing business with Japanese retailers and first-hand experience of the Japanese fashion market by visiting department stores, specialty stores and concept shops in Tokyo’s fashion districts.

For more information, visit www.weareurope.com.

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