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The India-Japan Complimentarity

In many respects, a strategic and economic partnership with India could catalyze Japan’s renewal as a 21st century great power – one no longer as dependent on the United States, and one better diversified to compete with emerging economies.

Read Here – RealClearWorld

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A Little Deflation Is Just FIne

The story of Japan these last 20 years, from the government to banks to companies, has involved keeping consumer prices steady. Deflation has acted like a stealth tax cut for households and restored some sobriety to costs.

Read Here – Bloomberg

One-Party Rule Back In Japan, But Can Abe Blow It?

Sunday’s sweeping victory by the Liberal Democratic PartyNew Komeito ruling bloc in the Upper House election put an end to the divided Diet and hopefully to the “revolving door” of prime ministers over the past seven years, as ridiculed by foreign media. That is at least until the next Lower House election, which must be held within the next three years.

Read Here – Japan Times

Japan’s Silver Generation Needs See Gold

Japan has two problems: It is rapidly aging, and its older citizens will not let politicians do anything about it. The country’s leaders must start thinking less about elderly voters and more about young families, or Japan’s economic prospects will remain grim.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Obama-Xi Summit Has Lessons For Japan

This style of summitry is in marked contrast to the recent bilateral meetings held between President Obama and his counterparts in Japan, America’s key ally in Asia. From the outset of Obama’s presidency, Japanese prime ministers have made a point of being the first in line among world leaders to meet with him at the White House.

Read Here – The Diplomat

Gender Equality Key To Japan’s Economic Rebound

The lack of women in the workforce poses one of the biggest structural impediments to faster growth. Japan’s institutionalized sexism deepens deflation, hurts competitiveness and exacerbates the demographic trends that make Japan’s debt load so dangerous.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Japan’s Outreach To Myanmar

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reportedly plans to visit Myanmar in late May. The last time a Japanese prime minister visited the county was in 1977 when Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda visited then Burma.

Mr. Abe should consider what kinds of concrete contributions he should make to help advance democratization in Myanmar.

Read Here – Japan Times

After Xi, It’s Abe’s Turn To Meet Putin

Shinzo Abe is making the first visit to Russia by a Japanese prime minister in a decade, seeking to shift an almost seven-decade-long stalemate over disputed islands and win more access to energy resources.

Abe is visiting Moscow for three days at President Vladimir Putin’s invitation and plans to meet the Russian leader today to discuss energy, trade and investment, the Kremlin said in an e- mailed statement. Japan is Russia’s second-biggest trading partner in Asia after China, with turnover rising 5.3 percent last year to $32 billion, ranking it behind Italy and Turkey, Russian government data show.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Japan’s Depopulation Time Bomb

Japan‘s National Institute of Population and Social Security Research on March 27 announced a population estimate for Japan in 2040. As expected, what emerges out of this is a nation with an unprecedented rapidly aging and declining population. The implications of the estimate must be taken very seriously and preparations made to ameliorate the impact of this situation.

Read Here – Japan Times

To Erase Militarist Past, Japan Must Re-Learn It

As Japan searches, still confusedly, for a new identity within Asia, it may come to appreciate, as Jeff Kingston, a close observer of contemporary Japan, writes, “the potential benefits of reassuring past enemies.” But how will the effort at reconciliation with victims of Japanese aggression shape official memories of Japan’s war in Asia?

In most Asian eyes, Japan has remained for the past two decades a U.S. client state — unable or unwilling to alienate its former occupiers by charting an independent path. Remarkably at the same time, another formerly occupied country and close U.S. ally, Germany, has moved to the center of Europe, and is shaping the continent’s future.

Read Here – Bloommberg

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