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Some Professional PR in Collective Self-Defense Debate

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The debate on allowing Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense under specific conditions had its most recent highlightRead more

My Thoughts in Japan Times on Industry 4.0

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Please find my most recent column in today’s Japan Times. I argue that recent changes in German (and global) manufacturingRead more

Abe Talks Big on Defense Exchanges in Europe

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Prime Minister Abe just finished his week-long trip to six European countries. Probably, his biggest achievement was the agreement toRead more

Dubious Testimonial over Nanjing

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The Japan Times just reported a major dispute over former New York Times Tokyo Bureau Chief Henry Stokes’ recent Japanese¬†bookRead more

Gearing Up for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

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The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will probably become a milestone for the international re-positioning of Japan. For sure, they will giveRead more

Industry 4.0 – Japan Might Miss the Train

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The fourth industrial revolution that merges the industrial infrastructure with the Internet of Things and Cloud Computing will come. NobodyRead more

The Diplomat: “Japan – A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing”

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I have written a lot about Japan’s foreign policy and its perception abroad in this blog. I also strongly recommendRead more

China is Prevailing over Japan in Nation(alistic) Branding

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You/I might not like it. But China is doing a better job than Japan in winning over global public opinionRead more

Japanese Buying Spree Abroad Continues

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Another record: Never before Japanese companies have bought as many foreign firm as they did in 2013. And there isRead more

My Thoughts on Structural Reforms in Japan Times

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The Japanese economy can do without structural reforms. I have put this slightly controversial thesis at the core of myRead more

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