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Masako Owada: The woman who just became Japan’s new empress

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Two young women, born just a couple of years apart on opposite sides of the world, found themselves in equally daunting positions when they married the heir to the throne in their respective countries: Diana Spencer (born 1961), married Charles, Prince of Wales of the United Kingdom in 1981, while… Read

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Good souls bring curative marketing

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A good soul promotes quality of humility, empathy and reflections for human developments at a time when society often perceives business as soulless. Today, concern over the lack of soul in business life creates a fine layer of transparent filigree which negatively shadows and biases public impressions. Eventual fossilization may turn out to be very costly… Read

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Will Reiwa lean on history or carry us forward?

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So, it’s Reiwa. Or should it be Leiwa? In Japanese, the sound of the first letter is certainly much closer to the latter, but non-Japanese media seem to be opting for the former. However the Latin alphabetic spelling goes, Japan is set to enter a new era on 1 May… Read

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Commonality builds a bridge

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International business complexity calls for commonality. The need for and acceptance of the soul builds up a common path and provides a joint perspective underpinned by a broadly supported objective. Rising global communication and output from a global labor force have created a growing and diverse marketplace. Changes include the… Read

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Ambitions are affordable for Asia and the Pacific

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Three years of implementation of the transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific shows the region has some catching up to do. Despite much progress, the region is not on track to reach the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set out in the United Nations "2030 Agenda… Read

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Japan-style activism in the 21st century

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What if? This is a question I like to put to people enrolled in my classes. What if the World Trade Organization ceased to exist? What if Japan used multiple currencies rather than just the yen? What if Tokyo opted to leave Japan in a Tokyoxit, deal or no deal? The last… Read

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The truth about Japanese statistics

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Broad, detailed and precise. These were supposed to be the highly acclaimed virtues of Japanese economic statistics. Broad and detailed I can confirm from personal experience. In my previous job as a member of the economic forecasting team at the Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc., analysing Japanese statistics was a vital and persistent part of daily professional… Read

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Media worldwide need to regain public trust

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Public information should be both accurate and interesting. When there is a conflict between the two, many information users prefer an outcome based on truth. Lately, there have been growing scandals which taint media considered traditionally to be of quality. Some believe that this is a problem only encountered by… Read

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Let's organize world trade

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There is broad historic agreement that the World Trade Organization (WTO) has been one the most successful international institutions; its membership accounts for more than 98 percent of world trade. However, today’s global economic landscape is changing rapidly, coupled with retrenchment and distancing from multilateral agreements. Combined, these factors impact the discernible… Read

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The ignorant wise man

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Since World War II, U.S. firms were the most aggressive in the world with a zenith in the 1960s. Therefore, the U.S. private sector appeared not to need any help in its international trade efforts.  The result of this overall philosophy was a continuing effort by the U.S. to aid… Read

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