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Japan’s growing dependence on coal

19 March 2020

Japan’s decision to build 22 new coal-fired power plants makes it an outlier among G7 nations who are moving away from coal. Japan’s coal power plants...

Internationalising Japan’s Higher Education Sector

19 March 2020

January and February decides the fate of Japanese students preparing for university entrance exams. This year’s high schoolers have been through a...

Startup Ecosystems and Cities

3 February 2020

In creating environments friendly to startups, cities must reach four of the following targets

Developing a Policy Regime to Support the Free Flow of Data

29 January 2020

A proposal by the T20 Task Force on Trade, Investment and Globalization

The fallout from the Japan–South Korea trade ruckus on global trade rules

14 January 2020

Japan and South Korea are engaged in a trade dispute generated by national security concerns. The fallout from this dispute has the potential to hurt the...

Harvesting the fruits of Abe’s diplomacy

27 December 2019

On 20 November 2019, Shinzo Abe became Japan’s longest serving prime minister. Abe has attempted to broaden the scope of Japan’s diplomacy by taking an...

The US–Japan trade deal: small agreement, broad implications

12 December 2019

The recent announcement of the US–Japan Trade Agreement (USJTA) must have come as a surprise to many in Japan given its unusual expeditiousness. The...

Ambitions for Japanese Immigration - Summary

11 December 2019

A major symposium co-hosted by the Australian National University’s Australian Japan Research Center and the Asia Pacific Initiative

Global Financial Risks and Asia’s Response - Summary

11 December 2019

Asia faces a dangerous combination: heightened global financial risks in the context of serious regional financial and economic vulnerabilities combined...

Will Japan’s consumption tax hike fix its fiscal woes?

19 November 2019

After two postponements resulting in a delay of four years, the Japanese government at last raised the consumption tax rate from 8 to 10 per cent as of 1...


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