Home > Articles > 2017

2017

With a fiscal deficit more than twice its gross domestic product and a rapidly aging society, Japan needs a Plan B to limit the economic fallout in the event of a fiscal meltdown, warns economist Motohiro Sato.

read more

The depiction of Japan as an “othered” cultural object has a long and difficult history, and is an issue that consistently comes to our attention. Whether it be for research purposes, intercultural engagement, popular cultural production, or even marketing for tourism, the construction and depiction of ‘Japan’ as a single consumable object is rife with dangers.

read more

Transcript of Keynote Address by Alan Auerbach at the Tokyo Foundation Policy Dialogue, August 2, 2017.

read more

The Tokyo Foundation hosted a policy dialogue on “Japanese and US Economic and Tax Policy” on August 2, inviting top economists from the two countries. The following is a summary of the panelists’ presentations, compiled by Senior Fellow Shigeki Morinobu.

read more

Japan is facing tough choices as demographic aging threatens the sustainability of its vaunted universal health insurance system. Health policy expert Kiyoyuki Tomita sheds light on the future of healthcare in Japan.

read more

Xi Jinping and the Communist Party of China are calling for a great leap forward in Chinese philosophy and social sciences. China watcher Naoko Eto analyzes the initiative in the context of Beijing’s drive to secure a seat at the “grownups’ table” and shape international norms.

read more

President Donald Trump’s August 21 speech on US strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia was an important statement on a major foreign policy issue. Few, though, seem to have assessed deeper undertones in the speech, which in many ways echoed another new president seeking to explain his decision to remain involved in a long and inconclusive inherited conflict: Richard Nixon's November 1969 address on the war in Vietnam.

read more

Previous editions of the Tokyo Foundation's CSR White Paper zeroed in on two stages in the CSR process that seem to pose special challenges for Japanese companies: identifying social issues to tackle and internalizing those challenges as an organization. In the latest corporate survey, we have followed up on these findings by exploring the ways that successful Japanese companies go about identifying and embracing challenges.

read more

Six years after the Fukushima nuclear accident, the local fishing industry remains deeply depressed, even though Fukushima seafood is certifiably safe for consumption. To avert a downward spiral, Senior Fellow Masayuki Komatsu calls for concerted action on both the supply and demand sides, including open access to Fukushima fishing grounds.

read more

If Pyongyang develops nuclear missiles capable of attacking the continental United States, it would persuasively be able to deter a conventional attack and have considerably greater freedom to pursue an assertive foreign policy. Washington, Seoul, and Tokyo, writes Paul Saunders, must begin to develop a new and more complex strategy to deter North Korean aggression.

read more

next 1 2 3 4 5