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As the government of Shinzo Abe moves to address Japan’s abandoned-land crisis, Shoko Yoshihara urges a wider debate on institutional reforms to facilitate the donation of unwanted land and the consolidation of land-ownership records.

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Is the history of Japan since the Meiji Restoration one story or two? Political scientist Tetsuya Murai offers a quasi-continuous narrative grounded in the concept of the state as a living (and deciding) being.

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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 the start of Japan’s modernization. The following is an abridged transcript of the panel discussion following the presentations.

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Newspaper headlines talked of a “26-year high” in tax income, reaching levels not seen since the bubble years. The claim is misleading for several reasons.

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In an essay inspired by the recent forum on “Japan Since the Meiji Restoration,” political scientist Ryota Murai reflects on the Japanese government’s 1968 celebration of the Meiji centennial and finds in the Sato cabinet’s core message a yardstick for measuring Japan’s recent and future progress.

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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 3, Taizo Miyagi focuses on Japan’s political path during the three decades of the Heisei era in the context of international trends.

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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 4, Yuichi Hosoya explores the significance of “Meiji 150” in the context of world history.

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Digital platforms are making it easy for companies to access the services of independent contractors and freelancers, often on a project-by-project basis. While the Japanese government applauds this trend as consistent with its own vision of “work-style reform,” tax expert Shigeki Morinobu stresses the need to adjust Japan’s tax and social security systems and offers some concrete proposals to enhance fairness and compliance.

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Prior to the Industrial Revolution, the level of intergenerational altruism was low, but with economic growth and the accumulation of wealth, people began to prefer behavior that enhanced altruism toward one’s offspring, further accelerating growth and the accumulation of capital.

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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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