Event: Conference on AIIB
On July 22, Sasakawa USA hosted a half-day public panel discussion on the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB), the new multilateral development bank initiated by China. The conference included regional perspectives on the creation and role of the bank along with views on the AIIB from the White House, Congress and World Bank.
Articles from Nippon.com
Read the latest articles available through our partnership with Nippon.com. Recent additions include an interview with Komeito Deputy Chief Kazuo Kitagawa, a retrospective on Japan's security policy through the years, and Asian-American perspectives on PM Shinzo Abe's statements on WWII.
Article: Rebooting Japan’s Security Legislation Debate
Read the op-ed by Sasakawa USA's new fellow, Dr. Jeffrey W. Hornung. In this piece, Hornung comments on the debate in the Japanese Diet over security legislation, and presents a critique of how the government is handling the issues.
Blog: True Stories from Japan
Read the newest entry into Sasakawa USA's alumni blog. This week's entry comes from Jordan Heiber of Bank of Tokyo-MUFJ, who takes an amusing look at his harrowing journey to the summit of Mount Fuji.
Word of the Day
The kanji for the word kaminari, which means thunder, combines the kanji for rain and for rice field. This kanji is also used for the name of Raijin (雷神), the Shinto god of lighting, thunder, and storms.
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.