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August 13, 2018

Trump, China, and Trade

Washington’s sense of competition with Beijing appears likely to endure. And so long as that is the case, geopolitics seems ...

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July 24, 2018

Japan since the Meiji Restoration (1)
Lessons from Diplomatic and Constitutional History

The hybrid nature of Japan’s constitutional framework has created gaps between the letter of the law and its application, enabling ...

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July 11, 2018

An Assessment of Collaboration between the Business and Social Sectors

Both companies and nonprofits must discard the notion that the government sector alone is responsible for public welfare. They need ...

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June 20, 2018

Balancing Political Leadership and Bureaucratic Autonomy
Scandals Highlight the Need for a Correction

After decades of reform aimed at strengthening the power of the prime minister and bringing the bureaucracy to heel, a ...

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June 14, 2018

Strategies for Taxing the Digital Economy

As tensions mount over tax avoidance by US-based multinational tech giants, resident tax expert Shigeki Morinobu reports on multilateral efforts ...

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June 11, 2018

View from the Social Sector
Engaging with Businesses for Sustainability

The best hope for seriously tackling global problems like environmental degradation and serious labor and human-rights abuses is the formation ...

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May 15, 2018

The National Defense Strategy and the Indo-Pacific

"The NDS identifies the primary problem as a 'long-term strategic competition' with China and Russia and the erosion of US ...

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May 01, 2018

Should Civil Servants Offer Allegiance or Expertise?
Lessons from the Moritomo and Kake Scandals

By allowing the prime minister and his circle to “fast-track” officials at their own discretion, the new system opens the ...

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April 26, 2018

How the SDGs Can Benefit Japanese Businesses
Tips on Collaborating with the Social Sector

One key to successful collaboration with an NGO or NPO is building and maintaining a relationship of equality and mutual ...

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April 23, 2018

A US Withdrawal from Syria?

A political settlement that keeps Assad in power following a Russian-Iranian military victory may not prove to be an enduring ...

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