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INSIDER REPORT

Japan Times
BUSINESS / INSIDER REPORT
Jul 29, 2019
The future of Japan's energy and environmental policies
This is the fifth and final article in a series of reports about Japan's energy policy.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / INSIDER REPORT
Jul 22, 2019
Will there be progress in the switch to a low-carbon society?
This is the fourth in a series of reports on Japan's energy policy.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / INSIDER REPORT
Jul 16, 2019
Is there a future for nuclear power in Japan?
This is the third in a series of reports on Japan's energy policy.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / INSIDER REPORT
Jul 8, 2019
Building toward large-scale use of renewable energy in Japan
The Paris agreement has accelerated worldwide momentum for strengthening global warming countermeasures.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / INSIDER REPORT
Jul 1, 2019
Japan's energy policies at a critical juncture
Japan's energy policies are at a big turning point. Due to the unforeseeable future of the energy business, utility companies have yet to embark on drastic reform. Despite the fact that irreversible, inevitable and diverse social change is underway simultaneously, the government has been pressed with...
Japan Times
BUSINESS / INSIDER REPORT
Dec 25, 2018
Sōgō shōsha: Adapting to stay ahead as industries evolve
The sōgō shōsha's longevity, up until this point, can to a certain extent be attributed to their adeptness in being able to rapidly acclimate themselves to the changes in the business and economic environment over the years. By moving quickly and being flexible, the sōgō shōsha have been able to...
Japan Times
BUSINESS / INSIDER REPORT
Dec 17, 2018
Global challenges lie ahead as sōgō shōsha hunt for growth
While many global companies, including the sōgō shōsha, face similar political, economic, social, technological, managerial and other risks — much too many to cover here — Japan's nearly complete dependence on natural resource and raw material imports from overseas and its shrinking domestic market...
Japan Times
BUSINESS / INSIDER REPORT
Dec 10, 2018
Diversification, integration and the roles of trader and investor
There are some who have explained, in somewhat academic terms, the sōgō shōsha's upstream-downstream integration process by dividing it into two concepts: "diversification" and "integration."
Japan Times
BUSINESS / INSIDER REPORT
Dec 3, 2018
Adapting to new industries, bolstering world's infrastructure
The ability of the sōgō shōsha to survive through all the changes and transformations that have taken place over the years can, in many ways, be attributed to their adeptness in recognizing the rise of new industries early on and creating new businesses in the process, or in applying new technologies...
Japan Times
BUSINESS / INSIDER REPORT
Nov 26, 2018
How the lifelines of the economy feed and fuel Japan
Given Japan's low food self-sufficiency ratio and dearth of energy resources, the sōgō shōsha have acted as a lifeline to Japan's economy through the import of foodstuffs and energy resources.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / INSIDER REPORT
Nov 19, 2018
Sōgō shōsha: Understanding Japan's super suppliers and distributors
As mentioned before, the sōgō shōsha have two fundamental business models: Their traditional, core business model as trader, supplier, wholesaler and distributor of a vast array of goods and materials upstream and downstream in the supply or value chain, and as an organizer of large-scale infrastructure...
Japan Times
BUSINESS / INSIDER REPORT
Nov 12, 2018
Tracing Japan's business giants from the late '80s to the 2000s
In the mid-1980s Japan was considered the most dynamic economy in the world and its manufacturers the most dominant. Japan's GDP growth had averaged around 7 percent per annum for the previous 30 years even with a slight downturn following the first oil shock in the 1970s, and was growing at around 4...
Japan Times
BUSINESS / INSIDER REPORT
Nov 5, 2018
'Sōgō shōsha': Navigating the changing currents of Japan's industries
The Tokyo Olympics in 1964 marked the emergence of Japan as a consumer economy with the population growing, incomes rising and the economy expanding. In fact, the Japanese economy averaged nearly 10 percent annual growth between 1957 and 1972. Sales of TVs, refrigerators, automobiles, and housing boomed....
Japan Times
BUSINESS / INSIDER REPORT
Oct 29, 2018
Sōgō shōsha: Thriving through adversity in postwar Japan
This is the fourth part of a new series of reports written by industry specialists. The first 12 articles are about Japanese general trading companies, or sōgō shōsha.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / INSIDER REPORT
Oct 22, 2018
What are the distinguishing features that define a 'sōgō shōsha'?
This is the third part of a new series of reports written by industry specialists. The first 12 articles are about Japanese general trading companies, or sōgō shōsha.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / INSIDER REPORT
Oct 16, 2018
Reflecting the nation's history, 'sōgō shōsha' are unique to Japan
The sōgō shōsha's organization and business model is unique to Japan. This is, for the most part, because they are a reflection of Japan's own unique economic development, first during the Meiji Restoration's period of rapid industrialization and commercialization aimed at building a strong military...
Japan Times
BUSINESS / INSIDER REPORT
Oct 10, 2018
Japan's supertraders — a brand unto themselves
This is the first part of a new series of reports written by industry specialists. The first 12 articles are about Japanese general trading companies, or sōgō shōsha.

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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