The year's performance is a good sign as the TSE prepares for a restructuring in early April that is intended to revitalize corporate governance and attract global investors.
Japan should make products that it and the rest of the world need so that the nation is considered an integral partner.
It’s not just supply issues leading to bare shelves. Consumers are also returning to stay-at-home habits including home cooking and loading up on pantry items.
State planners released a five-year smart manufacturing development plan in late December that aims to digitize 70% of the country’s large enterprises.
In recent years, new dangers have emerged such as pandemics, the threat to vulnerable supply chains, cyber attacks and the undermining of democracy.
Central bankers balance two priorities: prices and employment. Unfortunately, a slowing economy generally reduces employment, which means that those two priorities compete with each other.
The prospect of a recovery from COVID-19 and a vaccine and pills that can protect against future infection has prompted the Kishida government to restart the Go To Travel program.
The most important factor in COVID-19's evolution and the threat its variants pose is the size of unvaccinated populations and the reservoirs in which they can develop.
Unfortunately for Japan, the release of government oil reserves is a veritable drop in the barrel when compared to demand for this vital commodity.
The final COP26 agreement is a disappointment and was considerably diminished from drafts circulated only days before.
Xi Jinping is being elevated to a status in China equal to that of Mao Zedong. Along with that role is a consolidation of power that should be more worrisome.
Beijing cannot be allowed to intimidate or coerce its neighbors. The China military power report argues that it intends to do precisely that.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has said that his goal is the creation of a “new capitalism” that better distributes wealth.
Western governments believe Khan was instrumental in advancing Pyongyang’s nuclear program, trading his enrichment technology for North Korea's ballistic missiles.
As warfare becomes more digital, it is getting harder to dismiss geopolitical conflicts as distant and isolated.
At a time when the Afghan people need more international aid, they are being denied even the basics due to measures targeting the Taliban.
The bottom line, however, is that without transparency, accountability and trust, the U.S.-Japan alliance will not enjoy the full support of the public.
According to the Cabinet Office, just 38.8% of Japanese youth are either satisfied or fully satisfied with the state of the country compared with 57.8% in the U.S. and 56.9% in England.
Russia is claiming a sphere of influence and geographical space in which Moscow’s calculations and concerns prevail over all others.
The Lewis turning point is being reached in developing countries as their expanding export sectors are absorbing the surplus labor in traditional sectors like agriculture.
The U.K. prime minister is accused of whooping it up in a garden party at his No. 10 Downing St. office while the rest of the country was locked down.