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“Multilayered Security Cooperation Through the New Type of the Anglo-Japanese Alliance” (Aug 06, 2018)

AKIMOTO Chiaki, Director of The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) Japan

“Japanese “Armitage-Nye Report” Launched” (August 2, 2017)

Tanaka Akihiko, President, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

“Japan and the European migrant crisis: Not “someone else’s problem” (September 11, 2017)

Watanabe Hirotaka, Director, Institute for International Relations, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

“An Inside View from the Advisory Council on Easing the Burden of the Official Duties and Public Activities of His Majesty the Emperor ― Looking back at seven months that decided the Emperor’s future” (May 21, 2018)

Mikuriya Takashi, Deputy Chair of the Advisory Council on Easing the Burden of the Official Duties and Public Activities of His Majesty the Emperor, Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo

The Centenarian Companies that are Saving Japan―Tsumura, Konoike Transport and Seiren. Why did these companies survive? NEW

Japanese companies continue to face tough battles in the face of waves of globalization and digitalization. In particular, Japan is said to trail the pack in AI-related technology. When Japanese companies are compared to others around the world, a miserable situation is often recorded. Turning our attention to within Japan however, today there are actually 34,394 “historic companies” that were founded 100 or more years ago (according to a 2017 study by Tokyo Shoko Research). Some researchers put the number at over ten thousand — notably more than in other countries around the world. In 2019, famous examples were Nintendo (over 130 years old), Morinaga (over 120 years), Olympus and NGK Insulators (both over 100 years). The oldest company in the world is an Osaka shrine and temple construction firm called Kongo Gumi. It was founded in 578 during the Asuka period. The oldest ... [Read more]