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July 31, 2017

Writing Fiscal Responsibility into the Social Contract

As the Abe cabinet eyes corporate-level reforms to spur growth, economist Keiichiro Kobayashi suggests that the real source of Japan’s ...

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July 25, 2017

Honebuto 2017: More Empty Promises?

While Abenomics is aimed at triggering growth and distributing its benefits throughout society, people’s anxiety has only grown as Prime ...

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June 13, 2017

Getting to the Root of Amakudari
Sweeping Reform Needed to Close the Revolving Door

A scandal at the Ministry of Education has politicians scrambling for a fix to plug loopholes in the laws governing ...

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February 20, 2017

The Japanese Economy in 2017 (1)
Is Abenomics Working?

The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is facing daunting challenges in 2017 as it continues its struggle to revitalize ...

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November 24, 2016

Economic Drivers of Social Instability in China

The easing of growth in China threatens to exacerbate social tensions arising from disparities in income, wealth, and opportunity. Takashi ...

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September 09, 2015

Incorporating Diversity as a Core Business Value: Dentsu Inc.

The focus of Dentsu’s CSR activities is on human rights. As Japan’s biggest advertising agency, it has developed great sensitivity ...

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July 16, 2015

The Unchanging Face of Japanese Employment

The employment practices for which Japanese business gained fame—and later notoriety—are alive and well according to economist Ryo Kambayashi, who ...

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September 08, 2014

Turning Social Challenges into the Company’s Strengths
Akebono Brake Industry

Akebono, which boasts a large share of the global market for automobile brakes, has been undertaking CSR activities in the ...

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May 20, 2013

Qualitative Research as a Collaborative Enterprise
How I Learned from Other People’s Experience and Developed as an Interviewer

Paulina Berrios, a doctoral candidate at the State University of New York, Albany, and a Sylff fellowship recipient at the ...

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January 08, 2013

Expanding Academic Advancement Opportunities

While people with disabilities are regarded as disadvantaged members of society, their share in the general population is thought to ...

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