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No.36

2016 Kumamoto Earthquake
Interview: Tomorrow’s Temporary Housing

Ban Shigeru, Architect, Representative for the VAN (Voluntary Architects’ Network) NPO, a group of architects engaged in disaster relief activities with an Editorial staff of Kagaku Extending Readiness to All Japan. Repeated Problems. Kagaku: You donated paper tube partition systems to evacuation centers for the Kumamoto earthquake. That was an extension of similar things you have done in the past, wasn’t it? Ban Shigeru: Our work on the paper tube partition system (figure 1) started after the 2004 Chuestu earthquake in Niigata. A large number of systems were installed in North East Japan after the Great East Japan Earthquake, and we also donated systems after the recent Kumamoto earthquake. But our journey to this point was very hard; specifically, officials did not accept our ideas. They said it was because these things had not been done before. In the end, we built 1,800 units ... [Read more]

Diplomacy

36

Three-Man Discussion: New Frontier of Japanese Diplomacy
― Diplomacy forward Africa and Expectations for the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) VI

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Shouldn’t Cool Japan Be Changed?

35

Will the Contradictions between the Xi Jinping Administration and Pax Americana Be Resolved?
―The Decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration on the South China Sea and China’s Response

35

The Spheres in International Politics and Summit Diplomacy

35

The Japan Coast Guard protects the Senkaku Islands to the last

Politics

34
Tanaka Naoki, President, Center for International Public Policy Studies

Interpreting the Upper House Elections: Two concerns about maintaining the status quo
― Sustaining social security and Japan’s policy towards China

34

Interpreting the Upper House Elections: Please don’t squander your political capital, Prime Minister!
―Putting growth strategies and fiscal health ahead of constitutional reform

28
KAMIYA Matake, Professor, National Defense Academy of Japan

Evaluating the Statement made by Prime Minister Abe Shinzo

28
YOSHIZAKI Tatsuhiko, Economist

“Security” or “Constitution” – Don’t Fall Between Two Stools

28
Modern Historian Hata Ikuhiko

Paper Commemorating Receipt of the 30th Seiron Prize
Comfort Women in the Battle over History

The battle over history started by South Korea and China continues to get worse. Is there any prospect of Japan mounting a counterattack?

Economy

36

Significance of Free Trade: Continued Trade Negotiations will Allow for New Progress
―Distinguish between internationalization and people, goods, and money

35

What is needed to counter the falling birthrate? The short cut is to rectify the long working hours
―A solution in the style of the United States/Northern Europe is difficult

35
komamura Kohei, Professor, Keio University

What is needed to counter the falling birthrate?  Bold funding investments are urgent
―Salaries for nursery school teachers and tuition fee support

35
Komine Takao, Professor, Graduate School of Regional Policy Design, Hosei University

Abenomics at a Watershed
―Proper Approach to Monetary Policy

35
Large number of Pokémon Trainers gathered in Ueno Park in the midnight of August 2, 2016. Same phenomenon could be seen all over the nation.

The “Pokémon GO” Bubble:
Expectations and Anxiety for

35
Yanagawa Noriyuki, Professor, University of Tokyo

Will Pokémon GO increase investment?

34

Perspective on the Problems of Foreign Labor: Enacting Employment Policies That Encourage Long-Term Residence
― Improvements in Ability Development and Handling are Essential

34
Saito Makoto, Professor of the Faculty of Economics, Hitotsubashi University

Where have integrity and modesty gone in the policy decision-making process?
Residual Problems in Japan’s Democratic Government Stemming from The Second Postponement of The Consumption Tax Hike

32
Yamaguchi Kazuo, Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago

Why Japanese-style Employment Systems Hamper the Success of Women

32
FUJIMORI Katsuhiko, Chief Research Associate, Mizuho Information & Research Institute, Inc.

The Rapid Increase of Elderly Single Households and the Declining Marriage Rate
― Social System Rebuild Inevitable

33
IWATA Kazumasa, President of the Japan Center for Economic Research (JCER)

Interview:
Preventing Deflationary Pressure from Flaring Up Again
― Investors Placing Funds in Assets Other Than Government Bonds

32

The Making of an
Intellectual Property-based Nation

32
YAMADA Hisashi, Chief Economist, Head of Economics Department, the Japan Research Institute, Ltd.

Will Japan’s Labor Shortage Worsen?
Overstaffing May Resurface If Problems Are Left Unaddressed

32

Investing in Japan

33
IWATA Kazumasa, Japan Center for Economic Research (JCER) President

The Bank of Japan Can Continue Quantitative and Qualitative Monetary Easing for Only Two More Years: The Adoption of Negative Interest Rates Is Proposed
– Eliminating the Zero Lower Bound is Crucial

Society

36

2016 Kumamoto Earthquake
Interview: Tomorrow’s Temporary Housing

35

“Abdication” Is Not Easy

35
Yamazaki Masakazu, playwright, critic

The Tenno Emperor—A Constant and Time-Honored Symbol

34

Information Triage: Prioritization of The Social Media Society Following Major Disasters
—Three months after the Kumamoto Earthquake

32

What does the future hold for funerals in Japan?

Culture

36

Interview with Architect Ito Toyo: Architecture for the Future

35

Q&A The Origins of Shinto Shrines

35

The Chief Priest of Ise Jingu talks at length about subjects such as the Shikinen Sengu, the Summit, and the succession of the legacies

36

How the Thousand-Year Capital Created Genius Painter  Ito Jakuchu and the City of Kyoto*

34

The Master of Special Effects – The Legacy of Tsuburaya Eiji
― In conversation with Ooka Shinichi, President of Tsuburaya Productions

Science

36

Interview: Artificial Intelligence

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KASHIKAWA Nobunari, Associate Professor, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

From the Subaru Telescope to TMT

28
ITOH Motoshige, Professor at the Graduate School of Economics of University of Tokyo

Electricity Reform Is the Best Performer for the Growth Strategy

26
22 October 2014, Professor Amano visited the Prime Minister’s Office (From the website of the Prime Minister of Japan and his Cabinet)

Corporations and Geniuses― The main man behind the invention of blue LEDs speaks.
Serendipity: No Such Thing Exists
Interview with Amano Hiroshi, Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University

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The Robot & AI Revolution I
Robots will Change Work & Industry

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