Sasakawa USA Chairman and CEO, Adm. Dennis Blair, discusses Japan's entry into the most difficult phase of its transition away from economic and national security stagnation, noting the recent rise in the Nikkei stock index amid polls indicating the Abe government is losing popularity.
Meet the Fellows
Sasakawa USA is pleased to announce the addition of two new fellows in its research program: Masayuki Hironaka in the Security and Foreign Policy Program and James Kendall in the Common Challenges Program. The two join Sasakawa’s expanding team of experts focusing on U.S.-Japan relations bilaterally, regionally and globally.
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Sasakawa USA Congressional Fellowship Launched
Sasakawa USA announces sponsorship of its first Congressional Fellow through the APSA Congressional Fellowship Program. The 2015-2016 Congressional Fellow, Mr. Yushi "Alex" Saito, is an Associate at the Matsushita Institute of Government and Management in Japan.
In sports news, Japan will face England in the Women’s World Cup semifinals in an eagerly anticipated match.
Word of the Day
strong, pure woman
The word "nadeshiko" stems from "Yamato nadeshiko," a term used to describe the "personification of an idealized Japanese woman." Nadeshiko Japan is also the name of the Japanese national women's football team, who will be playing against England in the Women's World Cup Semifinals this week.
According to the World Economic Forum’s 2014 Global Gender Gap Index, Japan is ranked 104 out of 142 countries in gender equality, significantly behind its developed-country peers. Limited opportunities for women, particularly for mothers, could be an important contributing factor to Japan’s demographic challenges.
Shortly after taking power in December 2012, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe outlined a three-pronged economic policy that became known as “Abenomics.”
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a regional trade agreement currently being negotiated among twelve countries: Australia, Brunei Darussalam (Brunei), Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam.
Japan recently reinterpreted the right of Collective Self Defense as outlined by the United Nations, which refers to the right of members of the United Nations to defend other members of the United Nations.
Japan's Demographic Challenge
Underlying Japan’s long-term economic struggles is profound demographic change. With a combination of low birthrates and the world’s longest life expectancy, Japan’s population is rapidly greying and shrinking.