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Pronounced: kaminari
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.

  • 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.