Policy Archive

  • Japan’s road to recovery is a matter with global ramifications. Professor Watanabe Hirotaka of the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies emphasizes that Japan needs to undertake its recovery efforts from a global perspective, aiming to fulfill its vital role within the international community.

    Doing Our Part for Global Security

    Japan’s road to recovery is a matter with global ramifications. Professor Watanabe Hirotaka of the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies emphasizes that Japan needs to undertake its recovery efforts from a global perspective, aiming to fulfill its vital role within the international community.

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  • The work of rebuilding after the disaster has started in earnest. With a mountain of questions still to be resolved, Takenaka Harukata, professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, underlines three vital issues that need to be addressed as Japan moves toward reconstruction.

    Three Vital Issues

    The work of rebuilding after the disaster has started in earnest. With a mountain of questions still to be resolved, Takenaka Harukata, professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, underlines three vital issues that need to be addressed as Japan moves toward reconstruction.

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  • The Democratic Party of Japan swept to power on the back of a pledge to rein in the bureaucracy with top-down political leadership, and the current crisis might seem just the time for decisive action. But Masuzoe Yōichi argues that Prime Minister Kan's peremptory decision-making is inspiring doubt rather than confidence.

    A Dangerous Approach to Crisis Management

    The Democratic Party of Japan swept to power on the back of a pledge to rein in the bureaucracy with top-down political leadership, and the current crisis might seem just the time for decisive action. But Masuzoe Yōichi argues that Prime Minister Kan's peremptory decision-making is inspiring doubt rather than confidence.

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  • Japan Foundation President Ogoura Kazuo worked around the world during his career as a Japanese diplomat, serving as ambassador in Vietnam, South Korea, and France. Here he argues that the differing international reactions to the disaster reflected the characteristics of each country and its people.

    Disaster as a Mirror

    Japan Foundation President Ogoura Kazuo worked around the world during his career as a Japanese diplomat, serving as ambassador in Vietnam, South Korea, and France. Here he argues that the differing international reactions to the disaster reflected the characteristics of each country and its people.

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  • Expert on international relations and former Foreign Ministry official, Taniguchi Tomohiko, criticizes the Japanese prime minister for not meeting people’s need for emotional support after the March 11 disaster. But the author is heartened by the worldwide messages of support to Japan, such as the words of encouragement expressed by youth in an Afghan valley.

    Words of Encouragement from the Youth of Bamiyan

    Expert on international relations and former Foreign Ministry official, Taniguchi Tomohiko, criticizes the Japanese prime minister for not meeting people’s need for emotional support after the March 11 disaster. But the author is heartened by the worldwide messages of support to Japan, such as the words of encouragement expressed by youth in an Afghan valley.

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  • In times of national crisis it is tempting to put international affairs on the back burner and turn inward. But the results of a recent simulation analysis suggest that the future economic health of the tsunami-stricken Tōhoku district—and of Japan as a whole—could hinge on the role we play in East Asia's regional economy.

    The East Asian Connection in Post-Quake Recovery

    In times of national crisis it is tempting to put international affairs on the back burner and turn inward. But the results of a recent simulation analysis suggest that the future economic health of the tsunami-stricken Tōhoku district—and of Japan as a whole—could hinge on the role we play in East Asia's regional economy.

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  • Masuzoe Yōichi, a national legislator and scholar of international politics, considers the economic fallout from the slow response to the nuclear accident in Fukushima, which has become a matter of worldwide concern, and also touches on two key problems highlighting the Kan administration’s mishandling of the crisis.

    The Kan Administration Reveals Its Incompetence

    Masuzoe Yōichi, a national legislator and scholar of international politics, considers the economic fallout from the slow response to the nuclear accident in Fukushima, which has become a matter of worldwide concern, and also touches on two key problems highlighting the Kan administration’s mishandling of the crisis.

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  • The March 11 disaster has sparked a new sense of togetherness, and the response has underlined the close connections between Japan and the rest of the world. Former Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Yachi Shōtarō suggests that this changing sensibility may help to break through the stagnation that has held Japan back in recent years.

    From Isolation to a Sense of Community

    The March 11 disaster has sparked a new sense of togetherness, and the response has underlined the close connections between Japan and the rest of the world. Former Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Yachi Shōtarō suggests that this changing sensibility may help to break through the stagnation that has held Japan back in recent years.

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  • Former Chief Cabinet Secretary Shiozaki Yasuhisa discusses the institutional changes needed for Japan to be able to respond better to future disasters. He calls for the construction of a robust command structure capable of responding to any crisis that may occur and for strong leadership in pursuit of the interests of the people.

    The Need for Better Crisis Management

    Former Chief Cabinet Secretary Shiozaki Yasuhisa discusses the institutional changes needed for Japan to be able to respond better to future disasters. He calls for the construction of a robust command structure capable of responding to any crisis that may occur and for strong leadership in pursuit of the interests of the people.

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  • Taniguchi Tomohiko, former deputy press secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, discusses the international respect for Japan after the disaster that claimed so many lives and laments the laggardly response of a Japanese government that seems content to allow this esteem to go to waste.

    The JET “Martyrs” and the Japanese Government

    Taniguchi Tomohiko, former deputy press secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, discusses the international respect for Japan after the disaster that claimed so many lives and laments the laggardly response of a Japanese government that seems content to allow this esteem to go to waste.

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