Steps Toward Restoring the Medium- to Long-Term Sustainability of Social Security

Author: Oguro Kazumasa

Categories: In-Depth with Nippon.com

Japan’s public finances are facing an unprecedented situation in both historical and international terms. The debt to GDP ratio of general government (central and local) has exceeded 200%, an all-time high surpassing the level recorded in fiscal 1944 toward the end of World War II.

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The Economic and Political Impact of Brexit on Japan

Author: Irina Angelescu

Categories: Sasakawa USA Forum

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 11

While the Japanese have consistently viewed Brexit as a bad idea, the progression of Brexit negotiations has forced Japan to revisit its position and priorities in terms of Japan-UK and Japan-EU relations. For Japan, Brexit will have important economic ramifications as UK-based Japanese firms begin to relocate to the EU and political results as Japan forges partnerships in Europe to maintain the global, rules based order. Those partnerships may benefit the U.S. as well, with Japan reinforcing U.S. values such as free trade and international cooperation.

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Sasakawa USA Fellow Tobias Harris testifies on Capitol Hill on China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Categories: Congressional Hearings, Congressional Outreach, Sasakawa USA Blog

Sasakawa USA Fellow for Economy, Trade and Business Tobias Harris testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on January 25. Harris, who is also vice president for Teneo Intelligence, spoke at a hearing on China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Five Years Later.

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Architects tackle emissions in a culture that discards homes

Author: Umair Irfan

Categories: Energy and Technology, Sasakawa USA Blog

In Japan, buildings use close to 70 percent of the country’s electricity, as many structures leak air and moisture or use outdated equipment. More than one-third of the country’s greenhouse gases come from homes and offices. In an article for E&E News, Sasakawa USA 2016 Journalism Fellow writes about ways architects in Japan are working to improve energy efficiency.

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Regional Resilience: Lessons from Local Food Systems for Japanese Agricultural Reform

Author: Taiyo Scanlon-Kimura

Categories: Sasakawa USA Forum

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 10

A key constraints that has impeded trade liberalization in Japan is a politically-connected and uncompetitive agricultural sector that has opposed market opening for decades. With Japan’s decision to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which continues to move forward even without the United States, Japan’s internal debate on agricultural reform and regional revitalization has intensified.

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