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February 08, 2018

Japan’s Demographic Advantages

Broad pessimism evoked by Japan’s shrinking population may be misguided. Takeo Hoshi shows that productivity growth is a far more ...

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October 30, 2017

Japanese Healthcare at a Crossroads (1)
Toward Integrated Community Care

Japan is facing tough choices as demographic aging threatens the sustainability of its vaunted universal health insurance system. Health policy ...

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May 11, 2017

Taking Policy Research to a New Level
Tokyo Foundation Remaking Itself into Top Global Research Institute

The demographic challenges Japan has been grappling with are issues that most industrial societies will also soon face. By substantially ...

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June 30, 2016

“Silver Democracy” Likely Winner in July Election

Although Japan has lowered the voting age in advance of the July 10 House of Councillors election, the participation of ...

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May 23, 2016

Japan’s “Missing Landowners”
Legal Framework for Land Ownership Inadequate to Cope with Aging, Depopulation

Measures to enhance the collection of land ownership data are urgently needed, but this will entail decisions on who will ...

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October 12, 2012

Aging and Social Security in Japan

Japan’s social security system, built when the country enjoyed high growth and aging was not yet a problem, is too ...

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August 03, 2009

Konbu (Kelp)

Since ancient times the Japanese have taken in essential minerals, such as sodium, calcium, and potassium, as well as iodine ...

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May 12, 2009


Eaten since prehistoric times, abalone is favored in Japan as a luxury foodstuff. It also has religious significance. The numbers ...

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April 21, 2009

The Red Turnips of Kiso

Several varieties of red turnip are grown in communities dotting the Kiso mountain range in Nagano Prefecture. They have mostly ...

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October 14, 2008


Yukina is a rare vegetable with a distinct flavor and texture made by transplanting turnip stalks at the end of ...

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