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Regional news picks: Japan

Current affairs in Japan


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  • Beyond quake, Japan's political aftershocks - Japan's unprecedented "triple disaster" on March 11, 2011 – a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear reactor meltdowns – presented the government with its largest crisis since the end of World War II: issues with public confidence, difficult decisions with its economy, and a leadership problem with a serious disconnect between public needs and the national government's responsiveness - Council on Foreign Relations (2012/03/08)
  • Japan's industrial output unexpectedly falls on global weakness - adding to signs that faltering global demand is undermining the economy's recovery from last year's earthquake and tsunami - BusinessWeek (2012/08/26)
  • Take Takeshima row to ICJ despite South Korea's refusal - the Japs filed the case twice in 1954 and 1962 with the International Court of Justice - Yomiuri (2012/08/31)
  • Japan: Get ready for a rightward shift - the exploitation of nationalism by politicians is not unique to Japan, or for that matter, to Asia; it was Samuel Johnson in 18th century England who famously remarked that "patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel" - CNN (2012/09/03)
  • Japan stresses cost of ending nuclear power as decision looms - household energy bills would by 2030 rise by nearly double 2010 levels if Japan abandoned nuclear power - Reuters (2012/09/05)
  • Japan government agrees to buy disputed islands - the Japs probably need U.S. to backup on decision (or could simply be coincidence) - Atlantic Journal Constitution (2012/09/04)
    1. Japan panel recommends easing beef restrictions - a significant step toward lifting restrictions that remain a sore spot in Japan-U.S. trade relations - Wall Street Journal (2012/09/05)
    2. Japan's action on U.S. beef encouraging - U.S. senator - Japan, which was once the largest importer of U.S. beef, and a number of other countries banned imports from the United States in 2003 when bovine spongiform encephalopathy was first discovered in the U.S. cattle herd - Reuters (2012/09/05)
  • Japan's crisis of democracy - the Democratic Party of Japan's rise to power in 2009 promised a new day, breaking the old ruling Liberal Democratic Party's five-decade near stranglehold on Tokyo yet the country is now headed for a new era of political turbulence, party splits and realignments, and economic uncertainty - Wall Street Journal (2012/09/11)
  • Japan finds another gap in its disaster readiness - Mount Fuji - no plan in place to deal with a disaster in which an earthquake sparks a volcanic eruption at the country's most famous landmark; the volcano is active (and has been silent since 1707) but if an eruption was to occur it would potentially threaten a vast area including Tokyo, 100 km (62 miles) away - Chicago Tribune (2012/09/15)
  • With China's rise, Japan shifts to the right - most significant shift to the right since WWII - Washington Post (2012/09/20)
  • Japan's Sharp to slash workforce by 11,000 - will cut wages and unload its overseas plants while integrating its local companies - MarketWatch (2012/09/25)
  • Former Japan PM (2009-2010) Yukio Hatoyama: Free trade can lift Japan and Europe - free-trade talks are never easy; but like in Count Coudenhove-Kalergi words: "All great historical ideas started as a utopian dream and ended with reality. Whether a particular idea remains as a utopian dream or becomes a reality depends on the number of people who believe in the ideal and their ability to act upon it" - Wall Street Journal (2012/10/18)
  • Conservatism in Japan - a resounding landslide victory for conservatives in a vote driven by economic anxiety - Boston Globe (2013/01/30)

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