Probing explorations from a Japanese perspective of the nation's politics and economy, international affairs, and other aspects of a changing world.
- Rebuilding a Region: Tōhoku Five Years Later
On March 11, 2011, a giant tsunami slammed into the east coast of northern Japan, killing 18,000 and triggering the second-worst nuclear accident in history. Five years and ¥26 trillion yen later, the government's reconstruction plan is nearing the halfway point. We mark the fifth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake with exclusive reports on the progress of recovery and the daunting obstacles that remain.
- Forging a Path Forward: Japan’s Universities Face Challenging Future
The Japanese government has been setting forth a series of bold reform plans for the nation’s universities, including the selection of Super Global Universities, change to the entrance system, and reorganization of humanities departments. At the same time, Japan’s universities are scrabbling for ways to meet growing challenges, including globalization, transformations in the structures of industry, and the declining birthrate.
- The Significance of the National Security Legislation Controversy
In September 2015, the government secured enactment of its national security legislation despite ongoing protests outside the Diet. The Democratic Party of Japan, the top opposition party, allied itself with the protest movement as it tried to block passage of the controversial legislation. This series looks at the DPJ’s approach and media coverage for clues to the future of Japanese politics and society.
- Corporate Governance: Can Japanese Business Adapt to a New Era?
In June this year, the Financial Services Agency and the Tokyo Stock Exchange released a Corporate Governance Code, touting principles like “disclosure” and “transparency.” A few weeks later, the CEO of Toshiba resigned over a massive accounting scandal stretching back years. Can Japanese business restore faith in the stock market while meeting the challenges of nimble and responsible corporate governance?
Change Brewing in the Boardroom: A Proxy Adviser Assesses Corporate Governance in Japan
In Pursuit of Good Governance: An Interview with Murakami Aya of C&I Holdings
Toshiba Accounting Scandal Highlights Issues in Corporate Governance
Toward a Multi-Stakeholder Model of Corporate Governance
- Aging Consumers Reshaping Japanese Market
The graying of Japanese society has progressed to the point where nearly 27% of the population is now aged 65 or older. While an expanding elderly market is creating new business opportunities, concerns about old-age insolvency are also spreading. This series presents a portrait of Japan’s hyper-aged society through consumption data for the elderly, their diversifying needs, and the distribution industry’s strategies in the senior market.
Convenience Stores Going to Customers’ Doors: New Food Delivery Services Targeting Seniors
Redefining How Japan’s Department Stores Cater to Older Consumers
Tapping the Potential of Japan’s Senior Consumers
Consumption Patterns of Japan’s Elderly
- Seventieth Anniversary Statement
The world nervously held its breath as Prime Minister Abe prepared to deliver his war anniversary statement. His final choice of wording is analyzed by domestic scholars who helped shape his message as well as by foreign experts.
- Japanese Women Today
Japan ranked 104th out of 142 countries in the Global Gender Gap Report 2014, finishing behind the majority of developed nations. While political and economic advancement for women remain at a standstill, increasing nonregular employment and a greater number of single mothers mean that inequality is on the rise. This series examines the range of factors that hold Japanese women back from achieving their potential.
The Birth of Culinary Experts and the Evolving Needs of Japanese Housewives
Role Playing: Persona Building and Female Stars of Japanese Pornography
The All Japan Obachan Party: A Political Voice for Middle-Aged Women
The Plight of Japan’s Single Mothers
Japanese Women Face Tough Reality in Work and Marriage
- Examining Okinawa Today
Seven decades after some of the bloodiest fighting of the Pacific War, Okinawa remains a battleground. Now, however, Japan and the United States are on the same side, and the prefectural government of Okinawa is fighting both of them on behalf of local residents fed up with the US military presence. In this series we look at the escalating standoff over the relocation of US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma from a historical, political, and security perspective.
Thinking about Okinawa (3): The Regional Security Context
Thinking about Okinawa (2): The Widening Perception Gap
Thinking about Okinawa (1): A Historical Perspective on the US Military Presence
The Okinawa Issue and East Asian Security
Okinawan Identity and the Struggle for Self-Determination
- Japan’s Seven Postwar Decades
Seventy years have passed since the end of World War II. Here we review Japan’s postwar path, examine its place in today’s world, and consider its future prospects.
Hiroshima’s Transformation from Military Center to Symbol of Peace and Tool of Diplomacy
A Revisionist History of Postwar Pop
When Will the “Postwar” End? Japanese Youth in Search of a Future
Lessons from the Japanese Miracle: Building the Foundations for a New Growth Paradigm
Japan and South Korea: Time to Build a New Relationship
- The Value of a Vote and the Bicameral System
Given the wide disparity in the comparative weight of individual votes across Japan’s electoral districts, pressure is growing to reform the House of Councillors before the next election in July 2016. Is there truly a need to eliminate vote disparities? And what is the rightful role of the upper house in a bicameral system?