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1917 Revisited? The International Order in the Trump EraHosoya Yuichi

How will the stunning political events of last year affect the international order in 2017? Splits in the Republican Party may make it difficult for Donald Trump’s new government to develop a coherent foreign policy. Japan must be patient and flexible in dealing with the incoming US administration.

A Japanese Perspective on Brexit

Britain’s vote to leave the European Union may have long-term economic repercussions. Ueno Yasunari, a leading Japanese economist, discusses the outlook for the world economy.

Calls for Joint Japan-UK Action Against Crises

Former British Prime Minister John Major has urged Western nations and Asian countries, including Japan, to unite and take action against global risks and crises, as symbolized by ever-deepening confusion and conflict in the Middle East. “Both Asia and Europe have an interest in events far beyond their own borders,” Major declared in a keynote speech he delivered at the UK-Japan Global Seminar,…

The True Story of the Downed Dakota

In 2013, a year that marks 400 years of exchange between Japan and Britain, a little-known incident involving the two nations that occurred five months after the end of World War II has been made into a motion picture: Fly, Dakota, Fly! directed by Aburatani Seiji and starring Higa Manami in her first lead role.

Ties with Britain Expand Japan’s Diplomatic OptionsSasakawa Yōhei

In 1613 an East India Company ship called the Clove docked at Nagasaki and Hirado in the south of Japan, delivering an official letter from King James I to the Tokugawa shogunate. This year marks the 400th anniversary of that event, and in celebration, the two countries are holding a series of Japan400 events, commemorating the opening of relations between England and Japan. In late September, HRH…

Margaret Thatcher: The Iron Lady and JapanHosoya Yuichi

Although Margaret Thatcher kept a low profile during her final years, as she struggled with Alzheimer’s, media fascination with her life continued to keep her name in the public eye—not least in Japan, where the Iron Lady biopic was a big hit after its release in March 2012. Her death on April 8, 2013, at the age of 87, was a major news story in the Japanese media, more than 20 years after her tim…

Criticizing Youth Will Not Make Them Go AbroadAndrew Horvat

A report earlier this year that the number of Japanese students at US universities had dipped below 20,000 for the first time in a quarter century unleashed a flood of articles lamenting an alleged decline in interest among young Japanese in the world around them. One newspaper carried the headline “Students staying in Japan,” while a commentator writing earlier about the same phenomenon stated…

Japan and the Geopolitics of the Shale RevolutionTaniguchi Tomohiko

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.”

Why is Homosexuality Absent from Japanese Television?Kato Yuko

British theatre fans were pleasantly surprised by the recent news of a new television drama series in the works. The British television channel ITV announced that Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi will play an old, gay couple in a new sitcom series. I found this news wonderful and very interesting. Ian McKellen is one of the most respected actors in the English speaking world. He is known t…

Capitalizing on Japan’s Success at the London OlympicsNinomiya Seijun

The London Olympics came to an end on August 12. Japan’s athletes won a record 38 medals in 13 different events. Sports journalist Ninomiya Seijun analyses the results and the implications for Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Olympics.

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