Probing explorations from a Japanese perspective of the nation's politics and economy, international affairs, and other aspects of a changing world.
- Studying Japanese
Increasing numbers of people around the world are studying Japanese—some 3.65 million in 2009. What makes them want to study Japanese, and what do they hope to gain from their studies? What are the issues and obstacles they face? We take a look at the state of Japanese language study around the world today.
- Abenomics: The First 100 Days
April 4, 2013 marked 100 days since Abe Shinzō’s return to office. With many people hoping that the prime minister’s “Abenomics” policies will succeed in lifting the country out of its deflationary spiral, we look back at the government’s first 100 days in office and consider some of the issues for the years ahead.
- The Challenges Ahead for Decentralization Reform
Twenty years have passed since the Diet resolution to promote decentralization reform. In the following series of articles, we look at how the situation has evolved over this period and analyse the decentralization issues that the new Abe administration will face over the coming years.
- 3/11: The Second Anniversary
Two years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011. In the following articles, we hear the thoughts of the bereaved families, analyze the current situation, and consider how recovery efforts will take shape in the years to come.
- The Second Abe Administration: Analyzing the New Political Landscape
The December 2012 general election brought to power the Liberal Democratic Party and their coalition partners New Kōmeitō. How will Japan’s politics change? What can we expect from Abe Shinzō’s second term as president? We look at these issues and more in the following series.
- The Shale Revolution and Japan’s Energy Policy
Shale gas and shale oil are revolutionizing the way the world gets its energy. How should Japan respond to the economic and geopolitical impact of this energy revolution?