The world is making a dynamic shift to clean energy sources, with the Paris Agreement entering into force just a year following its adoption. Japan needs to quickly reprioritize its energy policy, asserts energy expert Hikaru Hiranuma, if it hopes to avoid being left out of a sweeping global trend.
The visit to Pearl Harbor by Prime Minister Abe is a powerful reaffirmation of the importance of the Japan-US security alliance and signals Japan’s intentions to help preserve the postwar international order. It could also have far-reaching repercussions, says Senior Fellow Tsuneo Watanabe, in encouraging reconciliation and stability across East Asia.
China has risked isolating itself internationally with its high-handed conduct in the South China Sea. Bonji Ohara looks at the reasons for Beijing’s hardline policy and recent shifts in Chinese diplomacy.
Top LDP officers recently approved a rule change that would allow Prime Minister Abe an unprecedented nine years at the helm of the ruling party. Political analyst Katsuyuki Yakushiji puts that decision in perspective.
The easing of growth in China threatens to exacerbate social tensions arising from disparities in income, wealth, and opportunity. Takashi Sekiyama attempts to identify possible economic triggers for social unrest and assess the potential for conflict in the years ahead.
Trump’s surprising election victory has alarmed many in the United States and other countries, but the practical tenor of his recent remarks, notes Senior Fellow Tsuneo Watanabe, should dispel fears of a major disruption in America’s global commitments.
The results of the second Tokyo Foundation questionnaire survey on CSR reveal that efforts are being made by many Japanese companies to integrate their core corporate activities and sustainability initiatives. With the adoption of the SDGs, more business may be prompted to think in global terms to ensure a sustainable future.
The unprecedented entry of a Chinese naval vessel into the seas around the Senkaku Islands last June elicited a raft of conflicting analyses, some of them highly alarming. International relations expert Ichiro Inoue reexamines the incident and its implications in the context of China’s foreign-policy decision-making process.
With Trump trailing in the polls, establishment Republicans may be distancing themselves from the controversial candidate as they set their sights on 2018 and beyond. But they should not be quick to write off his rise as an aberration, Paul Saunders warns, since his supporters are likely to remain an important factor in American politics.
Having made substantial progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goal of reducing extreme poverty, the world is now turning its attention to achieving economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable development—a more challenging goal, notes Jeffery Sachs of Columbia University, that requires efforts by many more players, both developed and developing countries and not just governments but also businesses, academia, and NGOs.