Sasakawa USA sends condolences, support after earthquakes in Kumamoto
Twin earthquakes this month in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, razed buildings, triggered landslides, and crippled infrastructure. Sasakawa USA extends condolences to all those affected by this disaster and offers recommendations for contributing to recovery efforts.
Sasakawa USA and NBR launch interactive Maritime Awareness Project
The Maritime Awareness Project is a comprehensive, interactive, and analytical website dedicated to expert analysis of maritime security issues. The MAP portal features an interactive map that allows users to navigate geographic data on many complex issues.
From Nippon.com: Japan forfeits 30 years to the gyrations of the yen
What was once called Japan’s lost decade has now persisted for much longer. Despite hopes that Abenomics policies would generate a virtuous circle of recovery, turmoil overtook the world economy before they could do so, writes Nippon.com columnist Tsuchiya Hideo.
Barriers stunting gender equity discussed at Speaker Series events
Womenomics policies enacted by Shinzo Abe have had an effect on gender equality in Japan, but many barriers still stunt progress in women’s economic and political empowerment, Mitsuko Horiuchi and Dr. Linda Hasunuma explained at a recent Sasakawa USA event.
Date: May 6, 2016
Sasakawa USA will bring together key security experts and officials for its Third Annual Security Conference. Building upon the success of previous security forums, this event will focus on the new U.S.-Japan Defense guidelines, Japan’s recently passed security legislation, and the future of the U.S.-Japan alliance.
Date: May 12, 2016
Sasakawa USA and The National Bureau of Asian Research will look back on the past 25 years of the U.S.-Japan relationship with an emphasis on the unlikely role of the Seattle Mariners.
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After months of contentious debate, Japan’s parliament, called the Diet, in mid-September 2015 finally passed the Shinzo Abe government’s package of eleven bills on security. This legislation, along with the revised U.S.–Japan Defense Cooperation Guidelines of April 2015, will transform the legal and institutional framework for Japanese defense policy and U.S.–Japan security relations.
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Japan just lost a $40 billion deal to build 12 of Australia’s next-generation submarines to replace its six Collins-class vessels. Until Malcolm Turnbull became Australia’s prime minister, Japan’s bid had been considered the favorite. But competitive evaluation processes sometimes confound political expectations, and on Tuesday the French company DCNS won the contract.
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.