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Issues Presented in the Paris Agreement

ARIMA Jun, Professor at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Public Policy--- The parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change adopted a new international framework for measures against global warming called the Paris Agreement at their 21st meeting (COP21) held in Paris, France in December 2015. Why is global warming a problem in the first place?
ARIMA Jun: The greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are continuously increasing, which is causing gradual increase of global average temperature. While there are still some skepticism about global warming, the majority of scientists gathering at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are of the view that anthropogenic GHG emissions are the cause of global warming.... [Read more]

Diplomacy

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Japan Is Set for A New Dimension of International Cooperation
― A perspective for future international cooperation

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ENDO Homare, Director, Center of International Relations, Tokyo University of Social Welfare, Professor Emeritus, University of Tsukuba

Mao Zedong, Founding Father of the People’s Republic of China, Conspired with the Japanese Army

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Peace Statue at Nagasaki Peace Park

Interview:
Sowing the Seeds for Making the World Nuclear-Free
For Passing on and Sharing the Memories of the Atomic Bombing Seventy Years Ago

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Nishihara Masashi, President, Research Institute for Peace and Security (RIPS)

Debates on National Security Should Rule Out One-nation Pacifism

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SAKAMOTO Kazuya, Professor, Graduate School of Law and Politics, Osaka University

Sound Argument: New Japan-U.S. Guidelines Strengthened the Bonds of the Alliance

Politics

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KAMIYA Matake, Professor, National Defense Academy of Japan

Evaluating the Statement made by Prime Minister Abe Shinzo

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YOSHIZAKI Tatsuhiko, Economist

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

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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?

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UNO Shigeki, Professor, Institute of Social Science, the University of Tokyo

Dull Bull/ Philosopher Prime Minster and Intellectuals Looking at the Prime Minster Ohira Policy Research Council

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Sasaki Takeshi, Vice Chairman, Japan Productivity Center, former president of the University of Tokyo

A Diet Dissolution Solely for Survival Is the Root of All Evil for Japanese Politics
Refrain from arrogance, Mr. Abe

Economy

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ARIMA Jun, Professor at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Public Policy

Issues Presented in the Paris Agreement

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UEDA Kazuo, Professor, University of Tokyo

The Good and the Bad of a Negative Interest Rate Policy:
Zero Interest Rate on Cash Constrains the Policy’s Effectiveness
Fears of currency weakness inviting competition ― Market senses limits to monetary policy

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KURODA Haruhiko, Governor of the Bank of Japan

Mr. Governor, when will we finally be free from deflation?
An 80-minute exclusive where we discuss everything from Abenomics to the his bazookas and his reading history

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Makeup Brushes, Kendama, and Sakata Seed…
Products Made-in-Japan and Recognized by the World
— Global Hits Offer an Uncompromising Quality

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Kato Hisakazu, Professor, School of Political Science and Economics, Meiji University

Is Relocation to Regional Cities the Equivalent of Abandoning Old people in the Mountains to Die?
Is the Long-Term Care Insurance System Sustainable? ―There are two issues to solve.

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Google vs. Local Competitors in Japan
Any chance for the local competitors to win the AI market?

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Yahoo’s Strategy to Compete with Google in Japan
World-class competition, A battle that cannot be lost

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Special report/Is it “time to sell” in Japan? – Shedding light on what happened
Full Details of the Second Stage of Abenomics

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Kyoto is recognized as the Silicon Valley of Japan

The Approaches of Kyoto Companies
The secrets of competing in the international arena seen in the ancient capital

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TOYAMA Kazuhiko, Representative Director and CEO, Industrial Growth Platform, Inc.

Reversing the Disappearance of the Regions – Learning from Success Stories Local (L) Prescriptions Differ from Global (G) Ones
The Key to Revival is to Create Clusters of Corporations and Towns

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KOJIMA Akira, Chairman of World Trade Center Tokyo, Inc., Member, Board of Trustees of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

The Piketty Phenomenon and Reality in Japan: Distributive Politics – Overemphasis and the Lack of Growth Policies

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ITO Takatoshi, Professor, Columbia University

The Future of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: Concerns for Transparency and Governance

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UMEHARA Jun, Railway journalist

Superconducting Maglev Technology: Future and Development

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UMEHARA Jun, Railway journalist

Fifty Years of the Shinkansen, and the Opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen

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YOSHIZAKI Tatsuhiko, Economist

Abenomics Walks a Tightrope as Difficulties Lie Ahead

Society

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Gavin H. Whitelaw, Sr. Associate Professor, International Christian University

Japan as a Society Dependent on Convenience Stores
What Attracts Me to Japan’s “Konbini”

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SAKAI Masayoshi, Visiting Researcher, Center for Global Communications, International University of Japan

When Idols Shone Brightly
Development of Japan, the Idol Nation, and the Trajectory of Idols

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YOSHIDA Aya, Professor at the Faculty of Education and Integrated Arts and Sciences, Waseda University

Internationalization at Universities – True or False
The Emptiness of “Global HR Development”

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YAMAMOTO Kazumune, chief producer of News Division at Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation

New Plan for Reforming the Japanese Archipelago
Plan for Remodeling a Shuttered Shopping Street

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YOSHIZAKI Tatsuhiko, Economist

Symbolic Phenomenon of a Declining Regional Economy of Japan
The Issue of “Shuttered Shopping Streets”

Culture

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KAMIYA Matake, Professor, National Defense Academy of Japan

Shogi and Artificial Intelligence

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The Unification of the Written Word in Modern-era Japan

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TSUCHIYA Mamoru, Whisky writer, representative of the Japan Whisky Research Centre

Delicious Drinks
The Mellow World of Japanese Whisky

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Sketchbooks1878 to 1913/ privately ownedThese books contain the accumulated sketches of Kobayashi. Ten of them remain today. The sketches include many watercolor designs from which Kobayashi produced his kosenga, such as Kudanzaka Satsukiyo (Night in May at Kudan Hill), which is introduced below.

Edo and Tokyo as Viewed by Kobayashi Kiyochika, the “Last Ukiyo-e Artist”

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Toward the Modernity: Images of Self & Other in East Asian Art Competitions at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

Science

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KASHIKAWA Nobunari, Associate Professor, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

From the Subaru Telescope to TMT

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

Electricity Reform Is the Best Performer for the Growth Strategy

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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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SAKURA Osamu, PhD., Dean and Professor at the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, University of Tokyo ©AOKI Noboru

The Robot & AI Revolution

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