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Cats and Japanese People NEW

This, they say, is the age of cats. Each year, the number of pet cats in Japan increases and is now approaching 10 million. On the other hand, the number of pets dogs has dropped from a one-time peak of over 13 million to less than 10 million.* As Yamane Akihiro, an assistant professor of animal ecology at Seinan Gakuin University explains: “I think that behind this affection for cats is the way that present-day Japanese society makes people feel trapped. People are controlled by a results-driven system, and companies are restructured. People can’t live their lives freely and as they wish. Perhaps that is why they are so attracted to free-living cats.” Cats are attractive for their suppleness, beauty and distinctive behavior, side-products of their nature as hunters, able to strike down their prey with a single blow. “Their large beautiful eyes evolved ... [Read more]

Diplomacy

37

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

37

Japan and the United States Confront the Past

37

North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Launch Test:
Kim Jong-un Deploys Nuclear Missile ―
Development is proceeding in an extremely rationalized way, and the target is the US mainland

37

Who are the “Maritime Militia”?
Unmasking the Chinese Fisherman Appearing in Waters around the Senkaku Islands

36

National Borders in an Uproar (I): Three-Four-Two Formula Engineered by Chinese Government Vessels
Issues in the South China Sea Explain the Disturbance around the Senkaku Islands

Politics

38

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

38

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

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

Economy

40

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

40

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

40

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

39

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

39

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

39

Trade: New Partners

39

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

39

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

38

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

38

Excessive Pessimism about the Shrinking Society

38

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

38

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

38

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

37

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

37

Declining birthrate widespread across Asia
A Key Policy Is Support for Balancing Work with Childcare ― Need to increase family-related expenditure

Society

40

Cats and Japanese People NEW

40

Natsume Soseki’s Cat NEW

39

Visiting the Offices of Large Companies Where the Retirement Age Has Been Extended
― Will the New Way of Working Bring Happiness to Companies and Employees?

39

The Men Supporting the Paralympians
―The struggle of the engineers behind the evolution of prosthetics

37

Time to Think About the Emperor System
How to Apply the Traditions of the Imperial Household to Modern Japan ― Analyzing the Implications of the “Emperor as Symbol” Statement

Culture

40

Why are foreign chefs captivated by Japanese kitchen knives? NEW

39

Haiku: “Sharing Makes Peace”

39

David Bowie & Arts:
Bowie and Japan

39

David Bowie and his love of Japan:
A Man Who Saw the Future

38

Making Use of an Empty House in the Countryside: The Soja Art House Project

Science

36

Interview: Artificial Intelligence

30
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

25

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

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