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The Tokyo Foundation eNewsletter 68 (Aug 22, 2016)

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VIEWS ON CHINA

"China’s Social Divisions and the Search for a Common “Baseline” "

Transcending the conflicting interests of China’s increasingly divided and fragmented society has become a preoccupation among government leaders and intellectuals alike. Junko Oikawa examines this phenomenon through the lens of trending buzzwords, particularly the ubiquitous di xian (baseline).

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/2bhp2rP

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"Taiwan’s New President and the Outlook for Regional Relations"

The Taiwanese people handed Tsai Ing-wen a decisive victory in the January 2016 presidential election in a repudiation of the Kuomintang and the strongly pro-China policies of President Ma Ying-jeou. What does her historic win signify for the future of cross-strait and Japan-Taiwan relations?

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/2a6fQ5R

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"Why Is China Muzzling Its Lawyers?"

China’s nationwide crackdown on civil-rights lawyers may seem like a clear case of top-down repression, but in reality the dynamics are much more complex. The author shines a light on the structural problems fueling the latest civil-rights campaigns and the government’s misguided response.

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/2a1mDC6

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"The AIIB and Japan’s Development Assistance"

Tokyo’s decision not to join the AIIB may have been made in deference to Washington’s wishes, but given its distinguished record of assistance to developing countries, notes Hiroyuki Kato of Kobe University, Japan should pursue its own strategies for how it works with the bank to promote infrastructure investment in developing countries.

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/2auczTe

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"Japan’s AIIB Quandary"

The Abe government’s reluctance to join the Chinese-led Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank has left Japan looking increasingly isolated as one country after another jumps on the AIIB bandwagon. Suwa Kazuyuki provides background on the initiative and analyzes its foreign-policy significance for China and for Japan.

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/2a6HWyt

CURRENT POLITICS IN JAPAN

"Silver Democracy” Likely Winner in July Election"

Although Japan has lowered the voting age in advance of the July 10 House of Councillors election, the participation of younger voters seems unlikely to have much impact on domestic policy under Japan’s “silver democracy.” Katsuyuki Yakushiji takes the Abe cabinet to task for placing short-term electoral gains ahead of the nation’s long-term fiscal and demographic health.

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/2ajhTUl

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"Coalition Victory Unlikely to Lead to Constitutional Amendment"

The LDP-Komeito coalition is expected to win big in the July 10 upper house election, but even if it secures a two-thirds majority, this is unlikely to prompt moves toward a constitutional amendment. Voters may not be happy with Abenomics, says Senior Fellow Tsuneo Watanabe, but they find the opposition parties even less attractive.

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/2adwK8e

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"Rage in the West, Apathy in Japan: Reflections on the Upper House Election"

In the wake of the July 10 House of Councillors election, political analyst Katsuyuki Yakushiji contrasts the inertia and resignation of Japanese voters with the tide of populist rage that has led to Brexit in Britain and the rise of Donald Trump in the United States.

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/2azCJkc

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BUSINESSES DRIVING POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE

--"Making CSR Synonymous with Corporate Management: Fuji Xerox"

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/2a6hMeh

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-- "Social Sabbatical Program Combines CSR and Leadership Development: SAP"

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/2azDjyf

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-- "Social Responsibility in the B2B Sector: Denso"

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/2bhxIhX

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OTHER RECENT ARTICLES

-- "Five Key Perspectives for Japan’s Energy Mix: Need for Close Attention to Shifting Domestic and Global Realities"

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/2abAcft

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WASHINGTON UPDATE

-- "Obama’s Nuclear Legacy"

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/2b5F84v

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-- "The Fallout from the South China Sea Ruling," Paul J. Saunders

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/2aiGQ54

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VOICES FROM THE SYLFF COMMUNITY

-- "Theories of Modernism in Cinema," Miłosz Stelmach

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/2awu7fX

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-- "Anti-immigrant Policies in Arizona and Their Impact on Mexican Families," Eduardo Torre-Cantalapiedra

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/2acpS5U

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-- "Helping to Develop Young Leaders in Community Resource Management," Pradhana Chantaruphan, Olarn Ongla, Saiwimon Worapan, Alongkorn Jitnuku

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/2afzJHf

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-- "Internet Policymaking and the Case of Brazil’s Marco Civil, " Guy Hoskins

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/2abKyMm

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-- "Chinese Investment in Central and Eastern Europe," Ágnes Szunomár

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/2a6qyZQ

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-- (Report) "An Initiative to Nurture Young Musicians in Lithuania," Tokyo Foundation

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/2ajr4Ew

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-- (Report) "The Refugee Crisis in Europe and the Role of the Czech Republic," Keita Sugai

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/2awtmDE

 

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TOKYO FOUNDATION IN THE NEWS

"Japan's meddling in South China Sea not to help ease tensions in East China Sea, experts say ," People’s Daily Online (July 18, 2016)

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/2a8Iu5Z

"Japan’s Abe Meets China’s Li as Maritime Tensions Flare ," Bloomberg (July 15, 2016)

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/2acyGJd

"Japan elections: Why the LDP will win," Cnbc - Usa (July 7, 2016)

http://s.tkfd.or.jp/2afBeFk

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