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Taniguchi Tomohiko
  • Taniguchi Tomohiko 
  • By this author: 12 Latest posted: 2018.11.05
Special adviser to the cabinet; professor at the Graduate School of System Design and Management, Keiō University; and director of the Nippon Communications Foundation. Born in 1957 in Kagawa Prefecture. Graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1981. Was a reporter and editor at Nikkei Business before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he served as deputy press secretary and counsellor in the Cultural Affairs and Overseas Public Relations Division. Publications include Tsūka moyu: En, gen, doru, yūro no dōjidaishi (Currency Drama: A Contemporary History of the Yen, Yuan, Dollar, and Euro) and Abe Shinzō no shinjitsu: Kantei gekitō no butaiura (The Truth About Abe Shinzō: Battles Behind the Scenes at the Prime Minister’s Office).
An Imperial Prince at Oxford: Naruhito’s Memoir of His Student Years2018.11.05

What kind of man is Crown Prince Naruhito, the next emperor of Japan? There is a perfect book for those who wish to know more about him. In 1983, the 23-year-old Naruhito traveled alone to Britain, where he spent two years at Merton College, Oxford University. A decade later, in 1993, he published a memoir of his stay. An English version appeared in 2006: The Thames and I: A Memoir of Two Years…

Bidding Sir Hugh Cortazzi Farewell2018.08.21

“I am glad to think that we have got away from the era when, so story has it, whenever a paper about Japan was submitted to one of your predecessors he used simply to write on it ‘I do not like the Japanese.’ I confess, however, that I still have the impression that Ministers as a whole tend only to focus on Japan when a problem arises with it.”(*1) Sir Hugh Cortazzi wrote these words near the …

Three Ways to Boost Japan’s Diplomatic PR Power—For (Almost) Nothing!2012.12.31

“Japanese diplomacy lacks clout. We’re failing to make ourselves heard in the international community.” How many times have I heard these and similar complaints in the course of 2012? A look at our neighbors only underlines the feebleness of Japan’s efforts. Last year China’s Xinhua news agency bought advertising space in New York’s Times Square, while a lecture hall in the Woodrow Wilson School a…

A US Strategist Speaks on Japan’s Leadership and Energy Policy Needs2012.12.28

In early November 2012, Abe Shinzō, president of the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party, was announcing that his party would reactivate Japan’s nuclear power plants if it returned to power. This was in response to Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko’s announcement of a plan to phase out nuclear power by the 2030s. On November 7, editorial board member Taniguchi Tomohiko spoke to John Ha…

Japan and the Geopolitics of the Shale Revolution2012.12.27

The “shale revolution” offers the promise of energy independence for the United States and another energy option for Japan in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. But Taniguchi Tomohiko argues that it could also have perilous repercussions—political as well as economic—for which Japan must prepare itself by “thinking about the unthinkable.”

Abe Shinzō’s Comeback and Japan’s Outbound M&A2012.11.02

Apparently, someone has taken the time to count all the Japanese books with titles alluding in some way to the “ruin” of Japan—and the number of such titles is astounding. I recall that this same person wrote that, with all of these dire predictions about Japan’s future, it is strange that the country has managed to survive, nevertheless. Perhaps as a result of this habit of viewing Japan’s prosp…

Ozawa Becomes History, While Noda Makes It2012.08.06

Just over a month ago a weekly magazine carried a story reporting scandals involving Ozawa Ichirō. A letter said to have been written by Ozawa’s wife revealed two bombshells: One was that he had fathered a child out of wedlock and had made his lover raise this child. The second was a serious revelation relating to his qualifications as a politician, namely, that in the wake of the Great East Japan…

MEXT: What is it Good For?2012.06.15

Japan's education policy is in a perennial state of disarray. Education from kindergarten to graduate school is subject to constant tinkering reforms by the cumbersomely named Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, or MEXT for short. Each new intervention adds to the mountain of incomprehensible and counterintuitive regulations, and with each reform the quality of educati…

The Crisis in North Korea and the Challenge for NHK World (Part Three)2012.02.01

So is NHK World likely to become a major source of information for global viewers on events unfolding in Asia? Regrettably, I am afraid the answer has to be no. To back up this assertion, let me offer the contrasting example of Al Jazeera English. Al Jazeera English started out in November 2006 as a new editorial division separate from the Arabic network, with a full lineup of talent lured away…

The Crisis in North Korea and the Challenge for NHK World (Part Two)2012.01.27

In part one of this article I explained the background to the decision to establish a Japan-based, English-language broadcasting organ like CNN. Based on the consensus that such a broadcaster was necessary, Japan International Broadcasting Inc. (JIB) was established in April 2008. But today, nearly four years later, the original goals and guiding vision of this organization have been abandoned, …

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