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TPP TO COME – SOON

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Japanese business people are confident. An agreement in the TPP talks between Japan and the U.S. will come soon. I do agree.Read more

YOMIURI ATTEMPTS TO BALANCE WWII STATEMENT

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The world (at least the U.S, China and Kora) will closely watch Prime Minister Abe's address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress today as he will be the first Japanese to do so in history. It is interesting to see that back at home the conservative and LDP-friendly Yomiuri newspaper has recently issued various comments that warn Abe not to appear too self-righteous, in particular when addressing Japan's role in the world in the past, present and future. Read more

FREEDOM OF PRESS TO REMAIN IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR JAPAN

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Since last year, more and more foreign observers have been criticizing the Japanese government for attempts of meddling with the freedom of press in Japan. They have been now joined by an unlikely partner, the Yomiuri Shimbun. Read more

Japanese firms get strategic in communicating globally

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More and more Japanese firms get serious about globalization beyond exports and transplants. The latest sign is the appointment of foreign specialists as heads of global communications.Read more

JA Zenchu boss Banzai quits – Reform of agricultural sector proceeds

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I continue to count Abe’s reforms of the agricultural sector to be among the most important achievements of Abenomics so far. The sector and the Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives (JA Zenchu) have been a decade-long symbol and core of embedded resistance to reforms.Read more

China scores diplomatic victory with AIIB

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The China-led establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) turns out becoming a major diplomatic victory for China after 46 countries had joined or applied to become founding members by the 31 March deadline. China positions this new international financial institution as a direct alternative to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) – and indirectly to the IMF and World Bank, which are still dominated by western countries led by the U.S.Read more

Abe on Reform Course

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Abe is aggressively promoting his newest reform drive. And it looks as it could be for real. Read more

Inward FDI to Japan Soars

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Inbound FDI rose 181% last year and reached 1 trillion yen, the highest since 2009. Main investors came from Asia and the U.S. while Europe marked a net outflow.Read more

Japan, the most indebted nation?

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Japan is widely regarded as the most indebted nation on this globe. This is not necessarily true according to a new McKinsey Study.Read more

Asia In ‘The New Global Context’ At Davos

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Asia has long been the engine of global growth - but it is still playing catch-up in Davos.Read more

Japan Stays Cool During Crash of Stocks

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Since yesterday share prices are plummeting around the world and also in Japan. Japanese business media however stay calm. ThereRead more

Abe at Japan Inc. New Year Party

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Today I attended the traditional new year party of Japan's 3 business federations with honorary guest speaker prime minister Abe. His honeymoon with Japan's big business still continues.Read more

Toyota Mirai as the Future of Cars

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Yesterday, Toyota finally launched its Mirai fuel-cell vehicle and put it on sale before Honda will follow up soon. Other automakers, in particular Western ones, have to watch out.Read more

10 Predictions for 2015

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Last year I made 10 predictions for 2013, out of which seven turned out to be right on spot. Abe moved as predicted as did the yen exchange rate. Even the bonus prediction for a Nikkei level of 18,500 at year-end turned out not to be too far off with the Nikkei having its year-end close in 15 years.. Unfortunately, my scepticism regarding the Japan soccer team's performance at the World Cup also turned out to be justified.Read more

Japan After the Elections

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The result of today's election will not bring many surprises. But what is in the books for 2015 and the next 12-18 months?Read more

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