Japan-ASEAN cooperation: A central element of East Asia’s regional architecture

Author: Ōba Mie

Categories: In-Depth with Nippon.com

Japan’s ties with ASEAN over the past 40-plus years have been through various changes and have been affected by the major growth of China’s presence in the region. But Japan continues to be a key partner for the association and its members. Formerly focused on economic affairs, Japan-ASEAN cooperation now extends to the political and security spheres as well.

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Foreign care workers in Japan: a policy without a vision

Author: Hirano Yūko

Categories: In-Depth with Nippon.com

Japan will lower specific immigration barriers this year to ease a projected shortage of professional care workers for the elderly. A health sociologist draws on extensive research to critique the government’s shortsighted, private-sector-driven approach to the problem, calling for greater efforts to support and export Japan’s advanced system of care work.

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