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TPP Negotiations and Japan

Negotiations are now underway for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, with an eye to concluding the free-trade agreement before the end of 2013. Japan only formally joined the negotiations at the final stage. Attention is focused on how well the country will be able to steer TPP rules in a direction that protects its national interests.

Behind South Korea’s Emotional Response to AbenomicsFukagawa Yukiko

The South Korean media has published numerous criticisms of Japan’s economic policies under the Abe administration. Economist Fukagawa Yukiko suggests the emotional response is grounded in misperceptions.

Shifting Definitions of “East Asia” and Regional CooperationMiyagi Taizō

East Asia is a diverse area encompassing the ASEAN members as well as Japan and its Northeast Asian neighbors, China and Korea. Asia specialist Miyagi Taizō examines the history of cooperation in the region and the issues it now faces.

Nobel Selection, Noda RejectionShiraishi Takashi

Yamanaka Shin’ya, a professor at Kyoto University, has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent, a finding that holds tremendous promise for the development of regenerative medicine. This is splendid news, and I extend my heartfelt congratulations to Professor Yamanaka. …

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.

An Examination of Japan’s Asia-Pacific PolicyWatanabe Akio

When the Asian economy took off in the 1970s, Japanese diplomats turned their eyes toward the Asia-Pacific region, and when the Cold War ended, the whole world focused on it. With the tripolar relationship among China, Japan, and the United States gaining in importance, how has Japan’s Asia-Pacific policy evolved?

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