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CSR White Paper

In 2013, the Tokyo Foundation conducted a survey of approximately 2,000 Japanese companies to learn of their CSR initiatives. The responses from 218 firms were analyzed by CSR experts and members of the Tokyo Foundation’s CSR research project to identify issues in and prospects for CSR in Japan. Essays based on the survey results and case studies of six companies were compiled into a CSR White Paper, published in Japanese in July 2014. The articles here are English translations of the White Paper.

Politics in Perspective

Politics in Japan has been in a state of drift in recent years, with there being seven different prime ministers in as many years. This has deprived the nation of the leadership it needs to overcome two decades of economic stagnation and to confront the challenges of a dramatically transforming world. This new series sheds light on the factors that have caused this crisis and examines the major issues facing Japanese politics today.

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.

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