Pages tagged by "Australia and Japan in the Region"

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.

Japan’s grand strategy as a declining power

'Despite its relative decline, Japan is seeking to exercise greater influence on the Asian order', writes Yusuke Ishihara via The National Institute for Defense Studies, Tokyo.

Japan’s joining MPIA an outside chance to boost momentum for WTO reform

Japan’s participation in the MPIA is a boost for the rules-based international order, argues Arata Kuno via Asia University, Tokyo.

Scarcity of international collaboration hampers Japan’s innovation

Researchers’ international experiences have a large impact on a country’s ability to innovate both technically and commercially. Overseas experience teaches researchers to ask the kind of questions and see the sort of options that those without that experience do not.

Japan eyes more nuclear power for energy security

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has pushed Japan to reevaluate its energy strategy once again. A sharp rise in the price of LNG, a lack of energy alternatives to reduce reliance on Russian LNG imports and Tokyo’s commitment to phasing out Russian coal and oil imports — all while ensuring Japan’s energy security — are making this reevaluation difficult. Even measures such as wearing turtlenecks to reduce energy consumption have been suggested.

Now or never for Japan’s population crisis

Will the last Japanese person please turn off the lights? Last year Japan’s total population fell by 538,000, bringing the population down to an estimated 124.77 million to start 2023, from a peak of just over 128 million in 2018. The fertility rate is around 1.37 births per woman, having fallen as low as 1.29 in 2004 and well below the 2.1 needed to maintain a stable population.

Shocks new and old for Japan

In 2022, Japan managed to cope with one major shock from the past, but was hit by two new ones. In spite of positive developments in its COVID-19 recovery, the Japanese economy is not in good shape. This is because of the new shocks originating from abroad — the Russian invasion of Ukraine and inflation.

Japan–China relations back on track

At a Japan–China summit on 17 November 2022, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Chinese President Xi Jinping met face-to-face for the first time in three years. 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of normalised diplomatic relations between Japan and China. A meeting full of smiles allowed both countries to maintain appearances and celebrate the occasion, writes Shin Kawashima from Tokyo University.

Will Japan's population shrink or swim?

After hovering around zero growth in the late 2000s, Japan’s population has been shrinking since 2010, with the decline accelerating in recent years. Breaking its own record every year for the last 10 years, the country experienced another record population loss of 644,000 in 2020–2021. The population is projected to shrink well into the middle of this century, dropping to an estimated 88 million in 2065 — a 30 per cent decline in 45 years.

Abe's state funeral sours Kishida's popularity

The assassination of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has shed light on a concerning relationship between the Unification Church and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). The suspected assassin, Tetsuya Yamagami, harboured a grudge against the church because of the significant donations made by his mother that left his family bankrupt.

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