True Stories from Japan: Soul-searching for Japan’s identity

June 16, 2015

The author of this post is a member of the Sasakawa USA alumni community who wished to remain anonymous.

15379763252_c7d8f4460d_oWe met with incredible people in incredible positions and got a very thorough overview of Japanese politics and policy.

The key message I heard was that Prime Minister Abe is challenging Japan to reconsider its identity and role in the world. From what I could tell, Japanese society is intrigued by this challenge but not altogether convinced of the right path. It will be fascinating to watch Japan conduct this soul-searching and I especially look forward to the Olympics as a key milestone in this journey.

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About True Stories from Japan

True Stories from Japan is an occasional blog on the Sasakawa USA website that features reflective essays about travels to and from Japan. Click here for details on how to submit an article for consideration.

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