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The unprecedented reversal of government from the Liberal Democrats to the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) also implies the challenges faced by the DPJ as it navigates a perilous transition and attempts to bring the bureaucracy to heel. How are people outside Japan viewing the change in Japan? The Tokyo Foundation jointly organized a forum featuring leading British and American researchers and journalists with the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF).

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The Hatoyama administration has outlined a new basic policy on reexamining the privatization of postal services. What is problematic with the existing privatization agenda and what issues must be addressed?

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The Halifax International Security Forum, held in Halifax, Canada, on November 20-22, 2009, brought together leaders from around the world in politics, military, government, business, academia, and media. More than 300 participants took part in intellectual exchange on pressing strategic issues. Senior Fellow Tsuneo Watanabe was a speaker at one of the panels, and an extract of his paper is carried here.

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The 2008 global financial crisis has been a testament to the failure of Adam Smith’s basic neoclassical principle: that making capitalism purer would bring the economy closer to an ideal state. While globalization improved the efficiency of the capitalist economy and brought about a high level of average growth for the world, it produced massive instability, demonstrating the inevitable trade-off that exists between efficiency and stability.

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The new Yukio Hatoyama administration has run into a snag over the Futenma relocation issue with Washington. Given the importance of the security relationship with the United States, the Tokyo Foundation has compiled an emergency report offering 10 recommendations on the government’s national security policy.

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The world’s 20 largest economies agreed in Pittsburgh to coordinate their efforts to overcome the global economic crisis. While they all promised to bolster domestic consumption in a show of solidarity, their real hopes appear to be that “someone else” will do the spending so that their own country can expand exports.

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A little over a month after popular disgust with the status quo swept the Democratic Party of Japan to power for the first time ever, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama faces a stark choice on several key foreign policy and security issues: honor the platform on which he and his party ran or keep the critical Japan-US alliance on an even keel.

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One of the motivations of those who voted for a change of government at the recent general election was a desire for the new administration to rebuild politics. The quality of Japanese politics has visibly deteriorated in recent times. The new administration is strongly aware of this and has declared its determination to break bureaucratic leadership of policymaking and unite the ruling parties and the cabinet as it runs the government.

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Over a three-day period beginning August 17, 2009, the Tokyo Foundation was pleased to welcome Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the US House of Representatives and a leading figure in the Republican Party, together with members of the American Foreign Policy Council, an organization for which Mr. Gingrich serves as an advisor.

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“Globalization” can be understood as a grand experiment to test the laissez-faire doctrine of neoclassical economics, which claims that a capitalist economy will become more efficient and stable as markets spread deeper and wider around the world. The “once a century” global economic crisis of 2007-9 stands as a testament to the failure of this grand experiment.

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