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The Tokyo Foundation eNewsletter 63 (February 10, 2015)

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RECENT ARTICLES

"Japan's Thorny Path to Fiscal Consolidation"

Although Prime Minister Abe's decision to postpone the planned hike in the consumption tax was popular with voters, resulting in a commanding majority for his coalition government in the December 2014 lower house election, it could spell trouble further down the road for the nation's public finances. Prescriptions for fiscal consolidation are quite simple, but politics, argues Senior Fellow Sota Kato, will likely get in the way of any serious attempts to restore fiscal health.
http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1zEELXo

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"Snap Election 2014: Gaming the Parliamentary System"

Prime Minister Abe's decision to hold a general election on December 14, at a time when the government has little to gain from a new mandate, has left observers perplexed. Katsuyuki Yakushiji illuminates the political calculus behind Abe's timing.
http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1CbGwbJ

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"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 before the disaster. Electricity system reform is indispensable to rebuilding Japan's energy policy and ensuring the success of Abenomics. This article by Research Fellow Hikaru Hiranuma was originally written for the website of the Center for Asian Studies, Institut Français des Relations Internationales (Ifri), as part of its Asie.Visions series.
http://s.tkfd.or.jp/176Y8Oe

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-- "A NATO-Asia Partnership Would Ease Japan's Regional Security Cooperation Dilemma," Tsuneo Watanabe
http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1KCqSMO

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-- "The Limits of Governability," Masahiro Akiyama
http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1EU64zW

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"Governance and Human Security in the Asia-Pacific," Akiko Fukushima
http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1CNPfGe

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-- "'Japan is Back,' Including a New Defence Posture," Ippeita Nishida
http://s.tkfd.or.jp/193PPn4

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-- "Aligned Allies: The Australia-Japan Strategic Partnership," Malcolm Cook and Thomas Wilkins
http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1ARjZpf

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CSR WHITE PAPER 2014

"The State of Global Corporate Sustainability"

The United Nations Global Compact was launched in 2000 based on the proposal that business and the UN jointly initiate a "global compact of shared values and principles, to give a human face to the global market." Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, traces the history of the corporate sustainability movement and the challenges of a globalized world that the United Nations is increasingly partnering with the business community to solve.
http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1vBarxk

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"Issues and Prospects for CSR in Japan: Analysis of Japan's CSR Corporate Survey"

When the Tokyo Foundation launched its CSR research project in 2013, the first task it undertook was to conduct a questionnaire survey of Japanese companies on the relationship between their CSR activities and the role they play in resolving major issues confronting Japanese and international society. The results were analyzed for nine categories of social issues to gain insights into both the successful initiatives and areas requiring further action.
http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1Fs0oL2

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-- "Corporate Social Responsibility: Potential and Challenges," David Vogel
http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1KHutHy

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-- "Overview of CSR in Japan: Ideals, Intentions and Realities at Advanced Companies," Tokyo Foundation
http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1CbH7Kr

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VIEWS ON CHINA

"The Economics of Rapprochement: Can Japan and China Bury the Hatchet?"

Why hasn't the second Abe cabinet placed higher priority on repairing relations with China? And why has Beijing suddenly begun signaling an openness to rapprochement? Research Fellow Takashi Sekiyama explores the economic dynamics of Japan-China relations with the Beijing APEC summit coming up in November.
http://s.tkfd.or.jp/16JvkKm

-- "Rain, Soil Erosion, and Desertification in Datong," Kunio Takami
http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1E0pyPJ

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NIPPON FOUNDATION FUND FOR JAPANESE LANGUAGE EDUCATION PROGRAM

"The World's Southernmost 'Koisuru Fortune Cookie Project'"

Japanese language is the third most popular foreign language in New Zealand, after French and Spanish. Naomi Collins, coordinator of the Sasakawa Programs at Massey University, reports on a project to create a video to the music of AKB48's megahit "Koisuru Fortune Cookie," conducted at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, involving university and local high school students learning Japanese.
http://s.tkfd.or.jp/16MGOxg

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VOICES FROM THE SYLFF COMMUNITY

-- "Arbitration in Europe: Article 2 of the European Convention on International Commercial Arbitration," Nerika Lizinska
http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1CcwsS4

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-- "How the Leopard Got Its Spots: Gender Dimensions of Land Reform in Cambodia," Alice Beban
http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1uxQR40

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-- "A Disaster-Resilient, "Frugal" Information System," Mihoko Sakurai
http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1vBaBES

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WASHINGTON UPDATE

-- "A New Direction for America's Cuba Policy," Paul Saunders
http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1CNQhCd

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TOKYO FOUNDATION IN THE NEWS

"All Eyes on Abe for War's 70th anniversary," Japan Times (January 2, 2015)

Senior Fellow Tsuneo Watanabe notes in a Japan Times article that China and South Korea will react negatively if Prime Minister Abe's statement on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II hints at revisionism. "If the statement contains a self-righteous tone attempting to rewrite the past, it would provide a perfect excuse for an anti-Japan propaganda campaign," Watanabe said. "The Japanese side should be aware that (the statement) is being watched" by many other countries.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/01/02/national/politics-diplomacy/all-eyes-on-abe-for-wars-70th-anniversary/#.VL2l_NKsXjU

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"Ethiopia: Sixty Years on Japan Changes Aid Gear to Poor Nations," All Africa (December 7, 2014)

Japan began offering development assistance in 1954 and was once the world's biggest donor. Japan will need to be more selective henceforth, though, notes Tokyo Foundation Research Fellow Ippeita Nishida, as Japan's economic stagnation, fiscal constraints, and growing skepticism about foreign aid have resulted in a shrinking ODA budget.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201412080823.html

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