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August 22, 2017

Halting the Free Fall of Fukushima’s Fishing Industry

Six years after the Fukushima nuclear accident, the local fishing industry remains deeply depressed, even though Fukushima seafood is certifiably ...

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August 08, 2017

Land Issues in the Era of Depopulation
An Interview with Author Shoko Yoshihara

Research fellow Shoko Yoshihara shares her insights into the escalating problem of abandoned and unclaimed land, the subject of her ...

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September 01, 2016

Japan’s Civil-Society Revolution
Nonprofit Activity and Social Enterprise since the Kobe Earthquake

The 1995 Kobe quake exposed the fragility of a social system that was overly reliant on government services, prompting a ...

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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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September 16, 2015

A Branding Strategy for Creating Shared Value: Kirin Group

Operating in Japan's highly competitive beverages market, Kirin has adopted a branding strategy under which it seeks to offer products ...

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June 29, 2015

Identifying Materiality through Stakeholder Engagement
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa is a nonlife insurance company that volunteered its office work expertise in support of areas affected by ...

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April 30, 2015

Property Laws Hindering Disaster Recovery

Four full years after the “3/11” earthquake and tsunami, recovery efforts in the Tohoku region are mired in legal red ...

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March 12, 2015

Integrating CSR into Strategic Management: A Practitioner’s Perspective

How extensively have Japanese companies integrated CSR into corporate management? Koichi Kaneda, senior director for CSR at Takeda Pharmaceutical, examines ...

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October 15, 2014

Japan’s Energy Policy in a Post-3/11 World
Juggling Safety, Sustainability and Economics

The Fukushima nuclear accident turned Japan’s energy policy on its head, throwing into relief problem areas that had escaped scrutiny ...

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February 25, 2013

Lessons That Will Last a Lifetime

I learned about the Michinoku Wind Orchestra project in spring 2012. I had a wonderful time on an earlier visit ...

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