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The Tokyo Foundation eNewsletter 62 (August 6, 2014)


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The Tokyo Foundation eNewsletter 62 (August 6, 2014)



"Recycling and Economic Growth in China's Interior"

A potential solution to China's environmental woes may be the development of "venous" industries that retrieve secondary materials for reuse by the "arterial" sector in a circular economy. Research Fellow Kenji Someno visited recycling facilities in the fast-growing inland regions of China to learn of the progress being made to formalize what had until quite recently been marginal aspects of the Chinese economy.

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"Economic Opportunities Outweigh Risks in China"

Japanese companies doing business in China have enjoyed a strong rebound in sales over the past year, after protests and boycotts sent sales plummeting in the fall of 2012. Kiyoyuki Seguchi reviews their success and warns that businesses that shy away from China on the grounds of risk are jeopardizing their own survival in the global marketplace.

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"Toward a New Japan-Taiwan Business Alliance (1) & (2)"

The rapid removal of barriers to trade and investment between Taiwan and China augurs a new age of cross-strait economic integration. Baatar, associate professor at Tama University, examines this changing environment and the unique economic opportunities it offers for Japanese businesses able to navigate the unique triangular relationship between Japan, Taiwan, and China.



"Japan's 'Proactive Contribution to Peace': A Mere Political Label?"

The centerpiece of Japan's first National Security Strategy, announced in December 2013, was a pledge to make a more proactive contribution to international peace. In an article reprinted from the May/June 2014 issue of Economy, Culture & History Japan Spotlight Bimonthly, Senior Fellow Akiko Fukushima places the concept in historical context, noting that it is a natural response to a transformed security environment and an extension of the security and international cooperation policies Japan has already been implementing in recent years.

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"Moving the ROE 'Mountain': A Framework for Capital Market Reform"

Despite a slew of corporate governance reforms undertaken over the past two decades, Japanese companies remain extraordinarily immune to shareholder pressure. Keiichiro Kobayashi argues that reforms must begin targeting the investors in order to transform and revitalize Japan's business culture.

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-- "Japan's Grand Strategy and New Strategic Partnerships," Thomas S. Wilkins

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"Working with Nigeria's Change Makers: (2) Valuable Lessons in New York"

In September 2013 Suzuka Kobayakawa began her 12-month fellowship under the Tokyo Foundation–Acumen Global Fellows Program. In her second report, she describes some of the personal lessons she learned during the intensive leadership training program in New York before embarking on an assignment at Pagatech, an innovative startup delivering universal access to financial services in Nigeria.

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"Music and Social Edification in Peru"

Having gained a "keen appreciation for the uplifting power of music" through his participation in the charity workshops and concerts for areas affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Paris Conservatoire Sylff fellow Carl-Emmanuel Fisbach launched a Sylff Leadership Initiatives project to utilize music as a potent tool for social cohesion in disadvantaged districts of Peru. Below, the saxophonist details the discoveries made during the initial seminar--held in collaboration with both Europe-based and local musicians--of a five-part SLI project.

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"National Pride as a Campaign Issue"

Survey results show that there has been a decline in the share of Americans who believe their country "stands above" all others. The fact that the decline in people's sense of pride is far more striking among Republicans, Paul Saunders notes, suggests that respondents blame President Obama for policies that have allowed their country to become less exceptional.



"Pyongyang Abductee Probe Stirs Speculation of Early Japan Poll," Reuters (July 15, 2014)

Commenting on speculation that the issuance of a North Korean report on the fate of Japanese abductees, due in late summer or early autumn, could prompt Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to call a snap general election, Senior Fellow Tsuneo Watanabe notes, "People might think it makes sense to have an election as soon as possible . . . but they have to think about the New Komeito. I think people would advise Abe not to do this."


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