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Editor's blog  Aug. 22, 2014

Japan and the Centenary of the First World War

IWAMA Yoko, Professor of International Relations, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

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Editor's blog  Jul. 9, 2014

Concerning a Target Population of 100 Million

KOMINE Takao, professor at the Graduate School of Regional Policy Design at Hosei University; Project Leader at the 21st Century Public Policy Institute

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Editor's blog  Jun. 5, 2014

Helping Japan Win in Both Technology and Business

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

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Editor's blog  Apr. 2, 2014

Don’t you buy Womenomics?

IWAMA Yoko, Professor of International Relations, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

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Editor's blog  Mar. 29, 2014

The Significance of Changes in the Current Account Balance

KOMINE Takao, professor at the Graduate School of Regional Policy Design at Hosei University; Project Leader at the 21st Century Public Policy Institute

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Editor's blog  Mar. 3, 2014

Looking at Japan’s Finances

KOMINE Takao, professor at the Graduate School of Regional Policy Design at Hosei University; Project Leader at the 21st Century Public Policy Institute

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Editor's blog  Feb. 3, 2014

The Memory of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 1945

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Editor's blog  Feb. 3, 2014

Security Policy Reforms of the Abe Administration

IWAMA Yoko, Professor of International Relations, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

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Editor's blog  Dec. 16, 2013

How to Avoid Making Japan’s Equivalent of the NIH a Pie in the Sky Idea

SAKURA Osamu, Ph.D. Professor at the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, University of Tokyo ©AOKI Noboru

The concept for Japan’s equivalent of the NIH has been making progress and is becoming a reality. Although the standards for both Japan’s basic research and its clinical treatment technologies are high, the functions that bridge these two sectors are noticeably inadequate. Consequently, when Japan adopts new treatment methods, it often has no choice but to rely on foreign technologies that are especially from the United States. This has led to detrimental results, including a high royalty burden and a delay in the adoption of new treatments. One reason for this situation is a vertically segmented administration system in which the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology oversees basic research and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare oversees clinical treatments, while the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry oversees industrial applications. It is clearly necessary to do away with this system ... ... [Read more]

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Editor's blog  Dec. 16, 2013

The Prospects for the Japanese Economy with a Higher Consumption Tax

It seems that the Japanese economy will undergo a significant change between 2013 and 2014.  The Cabinet Office officially announced in August 2013 that April 2012 was an economic trough. In other words, the economy experienced a downturn after April 2012. That’s because Japanese exports declined when world economic growth slowed due to the European currency crisis and the decelerating Chinese economy.  GDP data shows that Japanese exports declined 0.7% in the April–June quarter of 2012 and 16.8% in the July–September quarter, falling for the second consecutive quarter (real annualized growth; the same applies below). As a result, the GDP growth rate was –1.2% in the April–June quarter and –3.5% in the July–September quarter, shrinking for two quarters in a row.  However, the Japanese economy clearly entered a new phase after November 2012, when the Abe administration was inaugurated, as it appears to have ... ... [Read more]