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The Tokyo Foundation eNewsletter 71 (June 7, 2017)


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The Tokyo Foundation eNewsletter 71 (June 7, 2017)


107th Tokyo Foundation Forum on "Sustainable Fisheries Management"

(In English and Japanese)

The Tokyo Foundation Forum welcomes Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Director Anson "Tuck" Hines to examine global fishery trends and the need for measures to ensure the sustainability of maritime resources in the light of growing consumer demand. The fishing industry's role in promoting the economic development of outlying, coastal areas will also be explored.

The panel will also include fishing expert Masayuki Komatsu, a former Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries official who was deputy director in charge of whaling and a delegation member for the southern bluefin tuna dispute at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. The moderator will be Tatsuo Hatta, chairman of the government's Working Group to Design National Strategic Economic Zones.

Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Time: 14:00 to 15:30 (door opens at 13:30)

Venue: 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Nippon Foundation Building (1-2-2 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)

Admission free, but RSVP required: https://krs.bz/tkfd/m/registration_107forum

Language: English/Japanese (w/simultaneous interpretation)


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"Japan and the North Korean Dilemma: Thinking the Unthinkable"

What are the likely scenarios for resolution of the North Korean problem, and how can Japan help bring about such a resolution? In a recent interview, Tokyo Foundation research fellow and security expert Bonji Ohara spoke candidly about the prospects for war and peace on the Korean Peninsula.


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Why Abe's Constitutional Reform Is Destined to Fail

In the wake of Prime Minister Abe's recently announced aim to place constitutional reform on the political agenda, Katsuyuki Yakushiji examines the historical context of this highly charged issue and offers his views on the ideological subtext.


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"Tapping into Senior Power: A More Balanced Approach to Fiscal Sustainability"

Economist and social security expert Takashi Oshio questions the economic orthodoxy of boosting taxes and cutting benefits as the key to fiscal sustainability in a rapidly graying society.


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"Taking Policy Research to a New Level: Tokyo Foundation Remaking Itself into Top Global Research Institute"

The demographic challenges Japan has been grappling with are issues that most industrial societies will also soon face. By substantially upgrading the quality and scale of its research capacity, the Tokyo Foundation--notes Executive Director Sota Kato in an article originally published in Japan Spotlight--will present effective policy recommendations that will help not only the Japanese government but other countries to mitigate the negative consequences of those challenges.


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"Could North Korea Be the Next Ukraine?"

North Korea and Ukraine each shares a border with a powerful American rival, but the combination of Pyongyang's nationalism with the country's nuclear deterrent would make any effort at Chinese territorial expansion very risky regardless of Washington's reaction, writes Paul Saunders.


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"Pursuing the Dream of Full Financial Inclusion"

Gojo & Company operates a group of microfinance institutions in the developing world with the goal of providing financial access for all. Founder Taejun Shin offers an overview of the challenges faced by microfinance in its quest for fuller financial inclusion.


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"The Evolution of ESG Investing: From Ethical Concern to Corporate Value"

Why are the socially responsible policies once viewed as additional cost factors now being treated as indicators of corporate value? The basic reason, notes Mariko Kawaguchi, is a change in the social and institutional environment in which companies operate.


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"Environmental Geopolitics in the Anthropocene: Ominous Horizon or Breaks in the Clouds?"

Promoting the development and spread of renewable energy requires the balancing of policy tools and market inducements, notes Research Fellow Hikaru Hiranuma, who participated in an SLI forum on climate change at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as an expert from Japan.


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-- "Finding a Lasting Solution: Insights From the Forum on Violent Extremism and Radicalization in East Africa," Jacinta Mwende, Majune Socrates, Steve Muthusi, and Alexina Marucha


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-- "Living with Wildfire: Voices from the Local Community," Apirada Cha-emjan, Rapipun Maoyot, and Kedsirin Thammachai


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