Pages tagged by "Australia and Japan in the Region"

Trade Minister Welcomes AJRC Report Findings

On 16 February 2022, The Hon Dan Tehan, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, welcomed the findings of a major Australia-Japan Research Centre (AJRC) Report, Reimagining the Japan Relationship: An agenda for Australia’s benchmark partnership in Asia, when Dr Shiro Armstrong, AJRC’s Director, and AJRC’s Advisory Board presented it to him at Parliament House.

Japan sorely needs separate surnames

On 8 March 2024, 12 individuals filed a lawsuit in Tokyo and Sapporo District Courts claiming that the requirement for married couples to share a surname, as stipulated in the Civil Code and Family Register Law, violates the 'freedom of marriage' outlined in Japan’s constitution.

Australia’s energy transition collides with Japan’s energy security

Australia powers Japan, literally, supplying more than one third of its energy needs. . For decades, Japanese investment in energy projects and Japan’s energy purchases have helped build Australian prosperity.

Japan takes action on overtourism

Japan's Tourism Strategy has achieved remarkable success, yet the resulting influx of tourists has sparked concerns about overcrowding.

Japan’s University Fund is ill-equipped to stem decline in research performance

In September 2023, Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology nominated Tohoku University as a candidate to be a ‘University for International Research Excellence’ (UIRE). This program is supported by Japan’s 10 trillion yen (US$68.7 billion) University Fund (UF).

Japanese agricultural policy in disarray

Under former prime minister Shinzo Abe’s administration, Japanese agriculture was a target for regulatory reform. There was an especial focus on reforming the organisation of agricultural cooperatives (JA).

An undervalued yen poses problems for the Bank of Japan

Japan’s exchange rate environment made a big turnaround in 2022, when the yen began to depreciate sharply. When it exceeded 145 yen against the US dollar by September 2022, and then 150 yen in October, the Ministry of Finance conducted two rounds of foreign exchange interventions.

Co-creation has the potential to drive digital and green transformation

In a shifting global landscape, ASEAN remains a centre of global growth in the Indo-Pacific region. But increasing geopolitical tensions between China and the United States over international trade now threaten regional stability and prosperity. The COVID-19 pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have also raised concerns about strategic goods and commodity shortages, as well as rising energy and resource prices.

Kishida strikes back on stagnant wages

Despite remarkably low unemployment rates, Japanese wages appear to be stagnating. That Japan is facing a dual challenge of low real wage growth and labour shortages appears paradoxical and raises the question of what policy actions might move wages in this context.

Aiming to increase women’s leadership in corporate Japan

'Japan’s latest gender equality push prompts the question of whether Japan’s leaders are more concerned about true diversity or economic growth', writes Yasuo Takao via Curtin University.

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