Japan’s “Missing Landowners”
Legal Framework for Land Ownership Inadequate to Cope with Aging, Depopulation
Measures to enhance the collection of land ownership data are urgently needed, but this will entail decisions on who will spearhead such efforts and how the costs will be shared. Research fellow Shoko Yoshihara points out that the growing cases of “missing landowners” raise fundamental questions about how land will be passed on to future generations in an aging and depopulating society. A new legal framework for land ownership is an urgent priority.
The government’s plan to exempt food and drink from the consumption-tax hike scheduled for April 2017 is a serious mistake, writes tax expert Shigeki Morinobu. In an essay based on his expert testimony before the lower house Committee on Financial Affairs, Morinobu exposes the false allure of reduced rates and makes the case for refundable tax credits as a cheaper and more effective means of helping low-income households.
The world today is marked by growing divisiveness, but owing to its traditional tolerance of divergent viewpoints, Asia now has more people living under democracies than any other part of the world. To explore the topic of “Shared Values and Democracy in Asia” Asia's political, religious, and intellectual leaders gathered in Tokyo for an international symposium, co-organized by the Tokyo Foundation, featuring keynote speeches by former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, closing remarks by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and panel discussions among experts on Asian history, religion, and political systems.
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