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As Regions Age, Shopping Centers Strive to AdaptKawamura Keitarō

“Shuttered shopping districts” are on the rise across Japan as aged storekeepers with no successors are forced to close down instead. The city of Shūnan in Yamaguchi Prefecture has managed to rebuild its community and revitalize its shopping district by supporting new stores opened by returnees and new arrivals to the city.
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The Hangzhou G20 Summit and Developments in Sino-Japanese RelationsShiroyama Hidemi

As host of this year’s G20 summit, China deployed adroit diplomacy to keep the South China Sea from coming up as a discussion topic. Meanwhile it continues to vigorously press its claim to Japan’s Senkaku Islands. Japan should conduct strategic PR to convey its message directly to the Chinese people.
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Fomenting Filial Piety amid Changing Lifestyles in ChinaWan Yi

Gathering to celebrate the Spring Festival (lunar new year) and other celebrations as a family is a longstanding Chinese tradition, but an increasing number of people in major cities do not go home for the holidays at all. The Chinese Law on Protection of the Rights and Interest of the Elderly aims to halt this trend and promote filial piety by making regular visits to parents a legal obligation, but will this strategy succeed?
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Filial Piety Obligatory in a Dramatically Aging Chinese SocietyWan Yi

The duty of grown children to “support and assist their parents” is written into the Chinese Constitution. The idea has deep roots in Chinese culture; in fact, an ancient saying holds that filial piety is preeminent among virtues. However, as demographic trends in China mirror those seen in Japan, the aging of the Chinese population is driving major changes in the context in which filial piety is performed and even in views on what constitutes a happy household and other value systems.
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Timeline for August 2016

Emperor Akihito expresses a desire to abdicate in a video message and Japan wins a record number of medals at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. These are the leading news stories of August 2016.
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Cai Guo-Qiang Makes a “Homecoming” to JapanDemura Kōichi (Text)/Izumiya Gensaku (Photographs)

Weaving motifs from Chinese culture, history, and thought, Cai Guo-Qiang began creating gunpowder drawings while living in Japan. What does the country mean for this world-leading contemporary artist?
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Making Waves: Chinese Response to the South China Sea CaseKōda Yōji

On July 12, 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled against Chinese actions in the South China Sea. During the previous month, China carried out a number of low-level provocations in the East China Sea in an attempt to distract global attention.
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A New Administration in Taiwan: Prospects for Relations with JapanNojima Tsuyoshi

On May 20, 2016, Tsai Ing-wen, head of the Democratic Progressive Party, was inaugurated as president of Taiwan, replacing Ma Ying-jeou of the Kuomintang (KMT, Nationalist Party). With this change of administration in Taipei, hopes for improved relations between Japan and Taiwan have risen to an unprecedented level on both sides. The combination of Tsai’s posture on external relations—one of…
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A Positive Review for Indo-Japanese Ties

Two years into Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration, India’s ties with Japan are growing stronger on the diplomatic, security, and economic fronts. Nippon.com spoke with Dr. C. Raja Mohan, a specialist in Indian foreign policy and regional affairs, about his takes on the India-Japan relationship, prospects for multilateral cooperation, and more.
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How to Read Taiwan’s Recent Elections: A New Administration at a CrossroadsKawashima Shin

On January 16, 2016, voters in Taiwan went to the polls to select a new president and legislators. Tsai Ing-wen, head of the Democratic Progressive Party, won the presidency, receiving more votes than the combined total for her two main opponents, Eric Chu (Chu Li-luan) of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT, Nationalist Party), and James Soong of the People First Party. The DPP also scored a major victo…
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