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Rediscovering the Treasures of Food

Japan’s regions were once blessed with an abundance of its own traditional foods. The rapid acceleration of globalization and the development of food distribution systems, however, have resulted in a standardization of the food landscape, with small producers having trouble carrying on their businesses. This series highlights the hidden riches among food products that are in danger of discontinuation.

TF-Acumen Global Fellows Program

Established in 2001 in New York, Acumen is a non-profit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to address the problem of global poverty. Identifying with these goals, the Tokyo Foundation has initiated a partnership, soliciting applicants in Japan. Acumen global fellows undergo a 12-month program at an Acumen investee organization, primarily in Asia and Africa, applying their financial and operational skills, experience in low-income markets, and moral imagination to address critical business issues facing the organization. Fellows from Japan have included Chikako Fujita (2010–11) and Junko Tashiro (2012-13), whose dispatches appear here.

Eurasia Information Network

The Network provides analysis on the countries of Eurasia from unique perspectives and on issues that transcend national borders in the region. As an independent, private research organization, the Tokyo Foundation offers consolidated data and analysis of benefit to policymakers, diplomats, and business-people. This series will present selected articles from the Network.

Washington Update

Paul Saunders, executive director of the Center for the National Interest in Washington, DC, and an overseas member of the Tokyo Foundation's Contemporary American Studies project, provides an insider’s view of US policy developments.

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