Kent Calder (Photo by Naoatsu Aoyama)

Eurasia: As China’s rise reshapes continent, Japan has a...

January 10, 2014

The Japanese archipelago lies opposite Eurasia, a huge region now morphing into one integrated economic sphere. How should Japan deal with this New Continentalism?

Richard Eu

Key to success in Asian operations is ethnic Chinese ties

December 06, 2013

The presence of ethnic Chinese who hold enormous influence over the local economies cannot be ignored when thinking about how to proceed with business operations in Southeast...

Ezra Vogel (Photo by Naoatsu Aoyama)

We need to understand China as it is, not as we want it to be

November 08, 2013

What can we learn from China’s breakneck economic growth? If we focus only on political corruption and a lack of democratic progress, we are in danger of overlooking the true ...

Hirokazu Koreeda (Photo by Yu Miyaji)

Popular film director Koreeda talks about the modern family

October 27, 2013

The movie "Soshite Chichi ni Naru" (Like Father, Like Son) opened across the country at the end of last month. What is it that binds families together? Based on my immediate...

Kenneth Rogoff (Photo by Ikki Yamakawa)

Huge debts spell slow growth; Smart spending holds the key

October 13, 2013

Ballooning sovereign debt is retarding growth. The United States is lagging when it comes to investment in education or roads and other infrastructure. The key is not to throw...

Glen S. Fukushima

New vision needed for U.S.-Japan Relations

September 22, 2013

The strong ties that characterized U.S.-Japan relations in the postwar period have seen a relative decline over the past decade. This is true at all levels--legislators,...

Claire Bernard (Photo by Norito Kunisue)

Gender parity law shakes up world of French politics

September 08, 2013

In 2000, France passed a law requiring all parties to field an equal number of male and female candidates in most national and regional elections. This new system led to great...

Ko Jeong-min (Photo by Noriko Akiyama)

Movies remain central to Japanese, S. Korean cultural exchanges

August 25, 2013

South Korean movies are on the rise again. Playing the leading man this time is the government, with its active support for the film industry. After gaining fans in Japan and...

Wataru Ishizaka (Photo by Koh Tanaka)

Japan lags behind West in acceptance of same-sex unions

August 11, 2013

Gay couples have had a lot to celebrate this year with France legalizing gay marriage and the U.S. Supreme Court also recognizing the rights of same-sex couples to marry.

Manfred Bayerlein (Photo by Hitoki Nakagawa)

Japan losing out on push for international standardization

July 28, 2013

Japan has missed out on the wave of international standardization, or the movement to develop common standards for industrial and other products in multiple countries. The...

Shigeo Kagami (Photo by Eri Goto)

Asian entrepreneurial spirit key to Japanese economic recovery

July 14, 2013

Thanks to Abenomics, the economy seems to be on the up again. But in actual fact, Asian growth is the key to any true economic recovery. My long experience helping start-ups...

Per Peterson (Photo by Naoatsu Aoyama)

Storage, disposal facilities for nuclear waste urgently needed in...

June 23, 2013

The accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has also influenced U.S. policymaking with regards to high-level radioactive waste from nuclear facilities. The accident ...

Hiroyuki Hino

Africa’s poor can enjoy the boom times, too, with right sort of...

June 09, 2013

Economic growth across Africa has surged by around 5 percent annually since the dawn of the new millennium. An African middle class has also emerged, but poverty is...

Kenneth A. Siegel

Japanese firms face legal pitfalls in the hunt for overseas M&As

May 26, 2013

Japanese companies continue to actively pursue mergers and acquisitions (M&A) involving overseas firms. With business results on the rise again, this momentum shows no signs of ...

Syahrilazli Mahammad

Asia’s No. 1 hub: Malaysia has ambitious plans for energy sector

May 12, 2013

With oil consumption in the Asia-Pacific region increasing more than 30 percent since 2000, Malaysia has been bolstering its role as an energy consumer and regional hub for...

Ben Simmes

Social investment: Changing the world one loan at a time

April 14, 2013

Not all investors are in it solely for the money. Some investors want to contribute to socially meaningful projects along the way. Many companies in the developing world,...

Jonathan Stern

Competition the key to cheaper LNG prices in Japan

March 24, 2013

In the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake, Japan shut down its nuclear reactors and increased its reliance on natural gas. However, Japan pays a relatively high price for...

Anis Uzzaman

Japan needs to nurture start-ups for its revitalization

March 10, 2013

Japan has produced many of the world's top companies, but its dynamism is now waning as its electronics makers decline. As a venture capitalist based in Silicon Valley, I...

Gary DeStefano, President of Global Operations at Nike (Photo: Tomoji Watanabe)

Digitization changing the world of sports

February 24, 2013

Smartphones and athletic shoes with built-in sensors are changing the way we enjoy sports. Cutting-edge digital technology can now analyze a runner’s speed and distance and...

Masataka Uo

Dormant bank accounts: Japan’s sleeping yen should be roused...

February 10, 2013

Throughout Japan, bank ledgers hold records of accounts long forgotten or abandoned by their depositors. Dormant accounts pad a bank’s profits, but is there a way this...

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Cat cafe owner brings touch of Japanese feline culture to Vienna

July 13, 2015

VIENNA--Takako Ishimitsu lost two of the most precious things in her life after she moved to Austria's historic capital--her dream to become a professional pianist, and then her beloved Austrian husband.


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GAMARJOBAT: Japanese pantomime duo spreads laughter around the...

December 06, 2013

Editor’s Note: Gamarjobat, a wordless comedy double-act who perform around the world, will now appear in The Asahi Shimbun as our “silent supporters.” Their comedy videos, inspired by GLOBE feature stories, will be...