Japan

Bonn Climate Protesters Take After Japan

The fourth day of negotiations on climate talks in Bonn, Germany, have got underway with protesters chanting "Sekitan, Yamato, stop coal finance," criticizing Japan as the world's largest provider of coal finan...

Some Japanese Manufacturers Exit China

In early 2015, Panasonic and Toshiba announced that they would stop producing television sets in China. As Japan continues to decrease its investment in China, the two multinational corporations’ partial exit...
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Japan’s Abe Tries Painful Structural Reform

In his 29 April speech to US Congress, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proudly referred to his administration’s “sweeping reforms to our agricultural cooperatives that have not changed in 60 long years.”  T...
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Grading Abenomics: It’s a C-

Two years have passed since Shinzo Abe returned as prime minister of Japan and implemented a new economic policy that was quickly dubbed “Abenomics.” Enough time has passed to give a preliminary assessment of w...
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Oil Prices not Delivering Asia Boom

The best efforts of central bankers in the West and Japan to re-ignite inflation have thus far failed. The rest of Asia, which once seemed partly immune to the problems of aging and indebted societies, is now l...
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Womenomics in Japan

“Womenomics” is a key pillar of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic growth strategy. In 2013, just 64 percent of Japanese women aged 15–64 were participating in the labor force — a low rate by OECD standards. ...
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Summits give Obama Venue to Address Asia Challenges

Shortly after the Nov. 4 congressional elections, President Barack Obama will head to Asia for a series of important summits at which he will have an opportunity to address some critical challenges facing the U...
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The Death of the TPP

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s speech at the opening of parliament last week contained a notable omission – any reference to Japan’s joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. That seems likely f...
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Japan Joins the Great Arms Bazaar

The Paris Eurosatory Land and Air-land Defense and Security Exhibition, one of the world’s largest arms trade fairs, had a few exhibitors this year that have not usually been seen on the weapons trade fair circ...
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Japan Faces Another Summer of Power Shortages

For the first time since the disaster at Fukushima Daiichi three years ago, Japan faces a summer without the prospect of electricity from nuclear power plants. This is despite the atomic regulator’s decision Ju...