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The articles in this series were compiled from contributions by members of the Political and Diplomatic Review project to the January 30, 2018, forum on “Japan since the Meiji Restoration,” held to reassess the 150 years since of the start of Japan’s modernization. In Part 2, Kazuo Komiya surveys the media’s role in advancing political agendas before and after World War II.

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Washington’s sense of competition with Beijing appears likely to endure. And so long as that is the case, geopolitics seems likely to trump economics in America’s trade policy.

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The hybrid nature of Japan’s constitutional framework has created gaps between the letter of the law and its application, enabling the system to respond flexibly to the tide of the times and abetting the country’s rapid economic growth over the past 150 years.

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Both companies and nonprofits must discard the notion that the government sector is responsible for public welfare. They need to collaborate closely to mitigate the problems confronting society, working together to achieve the SDGs.

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After decades of reform aimed at strengthening the power of the prime minister and bringing the bureaucracy to heel, a series of scandals has raised troubling new questions about the integrity of Japan’s public administrators. Sota Kato approaches the crisis as an opportunity to take stock and make much-needed corrections.

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As tensions mount over tax avoidance by US-based multinational tech giants, resident tax expert Shigeki Morinobu reports on multilateral efforts to modernize international tax rules and warns against provoking a backlash against “America first.”

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The best hope for seriously tackling global problems like environmental degradation and serious labor and human-rights abuses is the formation of cross-sector partnerships among government, private industry, and the social sector, which would allow for the mobilization of the private sector’s financial resources, innovative capacity, and business models.

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"The NDS identifies the primary problem as a 'long-term strategic competition' with China and Russia and the erosion of US military advantage, which if left unchecked, could lead to the consequent erosion of our deterrent."

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By allowing the prime minister and his circle to “fast-track” officials at their own discretion, the new system opens the door to favoritism in the name of “strategic deployment of personnel.”

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One key to successful collaboration with an NGO or NPO is building and maintaining a relationship of equality and mutual respect.

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