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Upcoming Events
  • Cyber3 Conference Okinawa 2015

    Date: November 7-8, 2015

    In support of the World Economic Forum’s 2015 Cyberconference in Okinawa, Sasakawa USA will host a full-day of discussions on topics including preparing for the digital Olympics and developing legal and regulatory structure for security intrusions. For more information, visit the World Economic Forum’s website.

  • More Action, Less Talk Needed On Chinese Tech Theft

    In the run-up to President Xi Jinping’s visit to the U.S., the issue of Chinese theft of American intellectual property has been prominent. High-level envoys shuttled back and forth and the Obama administration leaked reports of imminent sanctions. Then came the payoff in Xi’s Wednesday speech to American businessmen in Seattle.

  • Abe on His Heels: The Prime Minister’s Domestic Standing After the Security Reforms

    September 18, 2015

    On September 18 (or in the early hours of September 19, Tokyo time), Japan’s legislature, the Diet, passed a set of 11 bills that will pave the way for a modest expansion of the role and capacity of the country’s military. There has been a heated public debate about the implications of these bills for Japan’s regional security role and for the operations of its Self-Defense Forces (SDF).

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Issue Briefs
  • Womenomics

    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.

  • Abenomics

    Shortly after taking power in December 2012, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe outlined a three-pronged economic policy that became known as “Abenomics.”

  • Trans-Pacific Partnership

    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.

  • Collective Self-Defense

    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.