The latest issue features an in-depth examination of the ways that Japan’s political, social, economic and security policies are poised to transform a country that in recent years has often been seen as gripped by paralysis and overshadowed by the rise of China.
With the bursting of the economic bubble in the early 1990s, the needs of younger, working Japanese have become increasingly apparent. Margarita Estévez-Abe demonstrates that it took important electoral reform for these younger voices to be heard.
For decades, Japan was described as an “all-middle-class society,” a characterization that was always open to skeptical analysis.
Both reformers and conservatives seem disappointed by the profound changes altering Japan's political and economic landscape. What both overlook, argues Japanese political scientist Sota Kato, is that the fruits of change require time.
One of the great ironies of the current financial crisis is that US policymakers appear to have learned key lessons from Japan's failures to deal with its financial crisis of the early 1990s.
As the world struggles to cope with the effects of the financial crisis, policymakers would be advised to look at the experiences of Japan during its crisis of the 1990s. Heizo Takenaka argues there are important lessons on what to do, and what not to do.
Japan's relationship to its post-WWII past and the role of its military has been problematic. Takako Hikotani looks at the changes under way in Japan that are reshaping the interaction between political leaders and the country’s Self Defense Forces.
The US-Japan alliance has been at the center of stability in East Asia in the post-World War II era. But that alliance must now be open to change, if Washington and Tokyo are to enable new, emerging power balances in the region.
With the ongoing rise of China and India, combined with a new president in Washington, Japan is poised to rethink its leadership role in Asia. Japan's former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hitoshi Tanaka, lays out the challenges facing the country.
New problems of social inequality, the urgency of responding to the rise of China and the desire to create new political institutions and embrace new economic policies are all on Japan's agenda.
The principal task facing the new US administration is to consolidate US hegemony by redefining the nation's global role, renewing its strength, and recovering its legitimacy.
Under George W. Bush, the US militarized its response to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. With its moral legitimacy eroded, there are signs the era of US dominance may be at an end.
The emergence of Asian companies on the global stage, competing with their counterparts in this region and elsewhere in the world, has exposed a new arena of competition: the battle for top management talent.
Burma's Rohingya Muslim minority may be the most blighted ethnic minority in Asia. The blame for treating them so badly is shared far and wide. But as David Scott Mathieson writes, their plight has long been known to the international community.
The concept of social exclusion in India dates back more than three millennia, enforced by the Hindu caste system. Modern India, though, now faces a fresh challenge to its efforts to stamp out institutionalized social exclusion.
Not since Dean Rusk in the 1960s has a US Secretary of State chosen Asia for a first foreign trip. So Hillary Clinton's recent visit to Japan, South Korea, China and Indonesia raised eyebrows and expectations.