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A New Step Forward to “Regions for Japan-Russia Cooperation” — results and challenges from the Japan-Russia summit. NEW

Perhaps because hopes for negotiations between Japan and Russia were so high, there was great disappointment at the results. But when we study the talks in detail, there is evidence for a new stage in the Japan-Russia relationship. So, what is the outlook for these negotiations? It was 15 December 2016. As snow fell on the Yamaguchi Prefecture town of Nagato, a summit was taking place between Prime Minister Abe and President Putin. The event had an unusual start when Putin arrived later than planned, but it was effectively the first official visit to Japan in a year for the Russian president. So, did this “Nagato Summit” succeed, or did it fail? Most of the media reporting on the summit were critical, concluding that a lack of new progress on the territorial negotiations showed failure. To evaluate the summit fairly however, we must understand ... [Read more]

Diplomacy

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A New Step Forward to “Regions for Japan-Russia Cooperation” — results and challenges from the Japan-Russia summit. NEW

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Japan and the European migrant crisis: Not “someone else’s problem”

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Japanese “Armitage-Nye Report” Launched

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Post-TPP Trade Vision
―Ordeal of multilateral trade without the U.S.

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Japan and the United States Confront the Past

Politics

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A Long-Lived, Unamended Constitution

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PKO Cooperation Act with Serious Flaws Finally Improved after a Quarter Century
Issues Left for Kaketsuke-Keigo in UN Peacekeeping Operations

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Passing Down The Significance of President Obama’s Visit to The Future

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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

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

Economy

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EV Revolution to Bring Drastic Change to Auto Industry

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Interviewing an Expert on International Trade
Efforts to Implement the TPP Fail — Exercise Leadership to maintain a high level of trade negotiations

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Views on the Chinese economy:
Step-by-step Action on Capital Outflows
― Avoiding a hasty transition to a floating system

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Is U.S.-Japan Trade Friction Avoidable?
Stay Resilient with Fair Arguments against Unfair Criticism
―Japan must not accept import obligations

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Views on the Chinese economy:
Dynamism Holds the Key in the Private Sector
―China is Using Incomplete Intellectual Property Protection and Insufficient Laws to its own Advantage

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A New Perspective on Measures for the Declining Birthrate:
Expected fertility rate of 1.8 can be realized
Put all necessary measures into action in eight years

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Trade: New Partners

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A New Perspective on Measures for the Declining Birthrate:
Provide Better Benefits in Kind Instead of Benefits in Cash ― The imminent challenge of expanding child care services

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Bringing The Truth Behind Inflation to the World
― Reading the State of the Global Economy from the Demographics of Japan, China and Singapore

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Is U.S.-Japan Trade Friction Avoidable?
Blaming Trade Partners for Deficits Is Pointless

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Excessive Pessimism about the Shrinking Society

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Evaluating the “Comprehensive Assessment of Monetary Policy”
Continued Easing To Overshoot 2% Inflation ― Introducing Short-Term and Long-Term Interest Rate Control

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Do expectations raise prices?
Expectations Have Hardly Had Any Impact on Wages, The Key Factor 
― Deflation is not a monetary phenomenon

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Evaluating the “Comprehensive Assessment of Monetary Policy”
The Preoccupation with Rationalization of the New Framework ― Messaging Lacks Introspection

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A Big Problem After All: President Trump’s Trade Policies

Society

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What Impresses Foreign Tourists When They Come to Japan?
― Explaining Japanese society and culture to foreign tourists

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Inbound Tourism and Japanese People
― Issues related to the increase in tourists visiting Japan from abroad

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The Topic of Japan Viewed from Oxford

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Kagaku-Tsushin
Island Signs: The Sign Language of Miyakubo in Ehime Prefecture

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Dialogue: Is Artificial Intelligence Versus Humans Reflected in Shogi as Well as Everyday Life?
AI Raises Again the Question of How Humans Should Live

Culture

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The “Johnny’s” Entertainers Omnipresent on Japanese TV: Postwar Media and the Postwar Family

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Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo

A Collection of Modern French Paintings on a Return Visit to Europe
— Masterpieces from the Bridgestone Museum of Art Ishibashi Foundation —

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Remembering Ooka Makoto The Poet from Mount Fuji

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Why are foreign chefs captivated by Japanese kitchen knives?

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Haiku: “Sharing Makes Peace”

Science

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RIKEN: The 100th Anniversary of a Major Research Organization of Japan
― The Day the 113th Element Was Born

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Dialogue: The fundamental bases for the Japanese people
To the fundamental bases for the Japanese people
― The possibility of initiatives for integrating archaeology with anthropology

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Society and Science on iPS Cells
― Think about the next decade with a focus on the ethical, legal and social issues

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Interview: Artificial Intelligence

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KASHIKAWA Nobunari, Associate Professor, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

From the Subaru Telescope to TMT

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