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The Tokyo Foundation eNewsletter 64 (June 25, 2015)

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RECENT ARTICLES

"Can the Rise in Refugees Be Stopped?"

The number of refugees and internally displaced persons around the world reached record heights last year and is likely to continue climbing. Prospects for reversing the trend are not bright, notes Paul Saunders, given the conflict of interests among the world’s major powers in such geopolitical hotspots as the South China Sea and Ukraine.

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1Hdn075

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"Tapping the Potential of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces"

A recent Tokyo Foundation policy proposal calls for greater strategic emphasis and interagency collaboration in Japan’s foreign aid program. In an interview with Nikkei Business Online, one of the report’s authors discussed the need for a comprehensive approach to security and the potential of the Self-Defense Forces as a peaceful instrument of Japanese foreign policy.
http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1BLH4vb

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"Japan’s Difficult Choices in Navigating Its Ties with Russia"

Despite the souring of Japan-Russia relations following the Ukrainian crisis, there are growing signs that Russian President Putin could visit Japan later this year, notes Tokyo Foundation President Masahiro Akiyama in an article originally published by the Valdai Discussion Club. Japan has an interest in economic cooperation with Russia, including in the energy sector, which could make a contribution to the development of Russia’s Far East, Eastern Siberia, and the Arctic Ocean.
http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1FAkYXk

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"Is East Asia Headed for War? : Lessons from World War I"

Rising tensions in East Asia have fueled concerns that the ongoing power shift in the region could climax in a hegemonic war. International security specialist Jitsuo Tsuchiyama maintains that the real threat to East Asian security is the growing risk of unintended conflict.

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1NjBql5

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"Japan’s Security Strategy toward the Rise of China: From a Friendship Paradigm to a Mix of Engagement and Hedging"

Japan's China policy has evolved over the past several decades within a complex Japan-US-China trilateral framework. While the country's security strategy is grounded on its alliance with the United States, it has also pursued economic interests through trade with China. Tsuneo Watanabe takes a broad-ranging look at Japan's security policy toward China encompassing historical issues, the shifting balance of power, and the influence of domestic political dynamics. This paper was originally presented at an international conference on Asia-Pacific security, hosted by the Tamkang School of Strategic Studies, Taiwan, in April 2014. It is reprinted here with the permission of the organizers.

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1BOrAGH

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"Japan-Europe Cooperation for Peace and Stability : Pursuing Synergies on a Comprehensive Approach", Akiko Fukushima

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1SIMhbo

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"The Abe Government’s Security Bills : Time for a Responsible Debate”

With voices in Japan and neighboring countries expressing concern over the Abe cabinet’s plans to legislate a more flexible defense policy, Senior Fellow Tsuneo Watanabe calls on the nation’s politicians and government officials to reassure the public of Japan’s commitment to peace by conducting Diet deliberations in a transparent, measured, and constructive manner.

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1JkJbIN

 

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"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 tape under a land ownership system that combines rigorous property rights with lax registration requirements. Research Fellow Shoko Yoshihara, an expert in Japanese land issues, shares her insights in an interview conducted by Nikkei Business.

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1NjD0DC

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"Maritime Multilateral Security Cooperation in East and South Asia," Bonji Ohara

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1NjF9iF

"Mixed Marks for India’s Modi," Masahiro Akiyama

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1LwJH74

"Saving Japan’s Endangered Regions", Katsuyuki Yakushiji

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1LwK0if

 

CSR WHITE PAPER 2014

"Demanding Social Responsibility from All Organizations"

The weakening of the government sector has highlighted the growing need for the private companies to tackle such key social issues as climate change and human rights abuses. Indeed, rather than act as a drag on sustainable development, businesses are now moving to promote responsible behavior, notes Masao Seki of Sompo Japan, and global-scale initiatives are being advanced to give the private sector a bigger problem-solving role.

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1fzEpdU

 

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"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 the evolution of CSR in Japan as it relates to three key categories of corporate social responsibility: the provision of goods and services, enhancement of business-process integrity, and corporate philanthropy.

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1Gp3RcC

 

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"Development Assistance for Inclusive Growth: A Field for Japan-U.S. Cooperation?"

This paper considers the feasibility of active cooperation between Japan and the United States in the provision of development assistance in Asia, with a focus on economic inclusiveness. It argues that addressing social issues (such as women’s empowerment) based on a horizontal division of labor between the two countries—and with the involvement of the business community and civil sector in both countries—could advance regional human dignity and quality growth. At the same time, such a broad-based, cross-sector approach would strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance and enhance their soft power projection in Asia. (This paper was originally part of the 2015 Strategic Japan Working Papers, published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC. It is reprinted here with the permission of the Japan Chair, CSIS.)
http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1Iy3UTL

 

 

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VIEWS ON CHINA

"What Does China Want? : Understanding Beijing’s Foreign Policy"

Is China intent on challenging the United States for global supremacy? Is a military clash between these two great powers inevitable? Research Fellow Bonji Ohara ponders these and other questions in the light of recent developments in Chinese foreign policy.

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1Ify2aJ

"China’s Corruption Conundrum," Hiroyuki Kato
http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1HfS8mq

"Anatomy of Chinese Corruption: Can Xi’s Crackdown Work?, " Hiroyuki Kato

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1GJPD8s

 

"Post-Summit Prognosis for Japan-China Relations," Takashi Suzuki

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1SMP17x

"New Directions for Chinese Diplomacy? ," Kazuyuki Suwa

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1GzYQgu

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NIPPON FOUNDATION FUND FOR JAPANESE LANGUAGE EDUCATION PROGRAM

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VOICES FROM THE SYLFF COMMUNITY

-- "Developing Youth Leadership in the Western Cape-SLI Workshop Organized by Fellow Xena M. Cupido," Althea Whitaker and Errol Brierley

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1LqTpXy

 

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-- "Sylff’s Role in Hungary’s DemocratizationHungarian Academy of Sciences Celebrates 25 Years of the Fellowship Program ," Viktória Ferenc, Loretta Huszák, Balázs Csiky

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1J7r5Hs

 

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-- "Between 2:00 and 4:00 pm: How a Full-Time Mother Organized a Food-Bank Symposium," Sherilyn Siy Tan
http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1BOw4x7

-- "Why Do Some Organizations Perform Better Than Others?Investigating the Importance of Context and Strategy Choices, " Mirjam Goudsmit

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1BCUzwR

 

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WASHINGTON UPDATE

"The White House’s AIIB Fiasco," Paul J. Saunders

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1fEx1On

"Preventing a Middle-East Nuclear Arms Race," Paul J. Saunders

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/1HjuqUD

 

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TOKYO FOUNDATION IN THE NEWS

"●●," 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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