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When Will the “Postwar” End? Japanese Youth in Search of a FutureFuruichi Noritoshi

Japanese teenagers and young adults are remarkably content with their lives, in spite—or perhaps because—of the uncertain future they face. Sociologist Furuichi Noritoshi makes the case that the nation has betrayed its young people by artificially extending the “postwar” economy instead of adapting to the realities of a post-postwar world.

Wang Haibo Discusses the Economic Future of China and Japan

The following article is based on a speech made by Wang Haibo, a prominent Chinese economist and honorary member of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Wang describes the reasons for his view that there is a bright future ahead for relations between Japan and China.

The Tokyo Waterworks Take On the Global MarketInose Naoki

Japan is now focusing on international infrastructure-related businesses as a new growth field. Vice-Governor Inose Naoki explains how the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is aiming to go global with its advanced waterworks technologies and know-how.

Beyond the Myth of the Economic SuperpowerTanaka Naoki

As the Japanese struggle to formulate a viable growth strategy for the twenty-first century, economic analyst Tanaka Naoki urges them to forget everything they were told about the sources of Japanese economic supremacy during the years of rapid growth.

Japanese Views on ChinaOgoura Kazuo

Vague feelings of uneasiness and antagonism toward China are said to be spreading among the Japanese. Deep down, these sentiments no doubt stem from frustration with Japan’s current situation, particularly in comparison with China’s recent rise in the world. At the same time, however, there are a number of blind spots in many people’s view of China, and these are having a detrimental effect on Jap…

Signs of Hope in 2012?Itoh Motoshige

The world economy faces numerous risks and uncertainties in 2012, including the fiscal and financial crises in Europe, changes of government, and elections in major countries. Pessimists are having a field day with these problems, but Itoh Motoshige, a professor at the University of Tokyo, argues that we should keep an eye on positive economic prospects, too, both in Japan and overseas.

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