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To welcome economist Kiminori Matsuyama to the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research as Chief Scientific Adviser, a symposium was held on December 6, 2018, on the theme of the “Frontiers of Economics and Implications for Policy Studies.”

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The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research Forum on November 27 examined the results of the midterm elections in the United States—widely seen as a referendum on the two years of the Donald Trump White House—and analyzed the implications for Japan's relationship with the United States.

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The development and sale of products and services to address social problems are bound to assume a more important role in business strategy going forward, but to confer a competitive advantage, such initiatives must be built around sustainable, profitable business models, not just high-minded principles.

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Shigeki Morinobu laments the political bargaining behind the government’s ill-advised shift to a dual-rate consumption tax, while calling for intelligently designed rebates and other incentives to boost productivity in the retail sector.

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While conventional wisdom has suggested that America’s 2018 midterm elections were a defeat for President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans, reality seems more complex.

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As Japan’s debt-to-GDP ratio approaches 250%, policymakers must carefully examine the potential fallout of fiscal insolvency and prepare a contingency plan, Keiichiro Kobayashi cautions, rather than turning their eyes from the unthinkable.

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As the government’s policymakers set to work on reforms to address the unclaimed-land crisis, the author calls for more sweeping policies to enhance the “utility value” of Japanese land.

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With the Japanese government gearing up for major reforms to address the structural causes of the country’s unclaimed-land crisis, the 112th Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research Forum (July 17, 2018) brought together a diverse group of experts to discuss directions for land law and land management in the age of depopulation. The following is an abridged record of that discussion.

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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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