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Date: Friday, October 21, 9:00 am`12:00 pm

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1st Basement Floor, East Wing, International House of Japan (i-House)

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September/October 2016 issue (September 9, 2016)NEW!!

COVER STORY: White Paper on International Economy & Trade 2016

Our September/October 2016 issue highlights the White Paper on International Economy & Trade 2016.

Japan SPOTLIGHT
July/August 2016 issue (July 8, 2016)

COVER STORY: AI-Opportunity for the Evolution of Human Beings
Artificial intelligence (AI) is a hot topic today all over the world. Our July/August 2016 issue highlights the potential of AI as a key to realizing a knowledge-based society. Overall, we see AI as an opportunity for growth and prosperity and eventually the evolution of human civilization, and not as a risk to human beings.

Japan SPOTLIGHT
May/June 2016 issue (May 10, 2016)

COVER STORY: Challenges & Opportunities for G7 Leaders
Analysis of the Global Political Economy for Leaders at the Ise-Shima Summit

On May 26 and 27, G7 leaders will meet in Ise-Shima, a scenic coastal resort in western Japan. The theme of the meeting is how to restore the global economy from the continuing recession in the wake of the Lehman Shock in 2008 and mitigate increasing geopolitical risks. Our May/June issue highlights these issues of interest for the G7 leaders, all related to the global governance topics we covered in Nov./Dec. 2010.

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Japan SPOTLIGHT
March/April 2016 issue (March 10, 2016)

COVER STORY: Structural Reform of Local Economies
Policies to Enhance Japan's Growth Potential

Japan's local economies offer numerous good business opportunities. There are many business sectors, in particular tertiary sectors, in the Japanese regions that are currently suffering from extremely low productivity. But it would be easy to enhance productivity in these sectors with only a little effort, since most of them simply lack skillful business management. With the transfer of some human management resources from Tokyo to these local areas, these sectors would show a vastly improved business performance and enable local economies to achieve higher productivity and wealth.

Japan SPOTLIGHT
January/February 2016 issue (January 8, 2016)

COVER STORY: Where is Japanese Management Heading – Evolution or Revolution?
Assessment of Reform of Corporate Governance & Diversity Management

Japanese management, with lifetime employment and a seniority-based salary and promotion system as its core elements, has long been considered central to the success of Japanese business. The cohesiveness of a company developed by such simple management techniques was an engine in enhancing the competitiveness of Japanese companies in the process of catching up with global leaders until about the 1980s. In this process, vitality was more important than creativity, and such cohesiveness helped to create vitality. People around the world became interested in Japanese management techniques as the success story of the Japanese economy spread.

But now that the Japanese economy has matured and no longer needs to catch up with any other, Japanese businesses will need innovation and creativity instead of cohesiveness. They will need to develop on their own more new ideas and strategies to maintain their competitiveness, since they don't have any models to catch up with. New ideas and strategies often come from competition rather than collaboration, when you are pressed to create a distinction from your rivals by a new strategy or a new product in a serious competition for profits. The cohesiveness of a company may no longer be a primary necessity to win the competition for creativity. Rather, diversity will be a key to the creation of new ideas and thus to business success. Japanese companies now face the need to introduce diversity among the members of their management team, such as women and foreigners.

Corporate governance reform in Japan, which is now drawing international attention, would enable a Japanese company to enage in ROE-oriented competition which would lead to greater innovation. Diversity management and corporate governance reform are both recommended and promoted by "Abenomics". So traditional Japanese management now has to tackle these challenges and change by itself. This transformation process of Japanese management, whether it be called evolution or revolution, will draw international attention because conventional Japanese management systems once provoked discussions about the future of global business itself. Corporate governance reform in Japan, and diversity management, two business reforms advocated by Abenomics, are the core factors of this transformation process.

JEF'S Activity Report
The 2nd CJK Cooperation Dialogue

September 3, 2015 in Changchun, China

The Japan Economic Foundation (JEF) has been conducting China-Japan-Korea Cooperation Dialogue since 2014, which is an annual 1.5 track trilateral conference in order to contribute to enhancing the sense of community in East Asia and eventually to peace and prosperity in the region. In 2015, the 2nd conference was held in Changchun, China. We discussed co-operative measures for common problems facing each country as well as shared problems of trans-boundary nature, including economic and trade issues and environmental pollution issues.

Japan SPOTLIGHT
November/December 2015 issue (November 10, 2015)

COVER STORY:Disaster Mitigation
Global Discussion & Developments

Disaster Risk Mitigation is now one of the major issues being discussed at various international venues, including the United Nations and the OECD, against the background of increasing awareness of the need to be well prepared for large-scale natural disasters, such as Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in 2011.



The UN Sendai Conference in March 2015 sent a message to the world that we should get together and collaborate with each other, not only at national government level but also among private businesses and individuals and NGOs, to be well prepared for disasters. Knowledge of how to minimize potential damage inflicted by a disaster is a starting point for Disaster Risk Mitigation, but it is a much broader concept involving national resilience against any disaster and requiring collaboration and coherent efforts among all the players in a globalized world to achieve it. This is mostly a matter of software and not hardware, and thus education and exchange of information among national governments, private sectors and NGOs would be instrumental in achieving it.

Japan SPOTLIGHT
September/October 2015 issue (September 10, 2015)

COVER STORY:White Paper on International Economy and Trade, 2015
METI's White Paper featured by Japan SPOTLIGHT every year is an important indicator to readers outside Japan of where the Japanese economy is heading against the backdrop of the global economy. This year it focuses in particular on the "earning capacity" of Japanese businesses. The elaborate and detailed economic analyses shown in the White Paper indicate some serious concerns about the competitiveness of Japanese business in an era of globalization.

Japan SPOTLIGHT
July/August 2015 issue (July 10, 2015)

COVER STORY:Global Growth Strategy
Can We Find a Way Out of the Post-Financial Crisis?

In the post-2008 financial crisis, the global economy and the major economies have undergone a great deal of turbulence. 2015 seems to be a junction from where we head. This issue invites opinions from several distinguished commentators for their views on the current global economic landscape, and opportunities and risks facing major world economies.

Japan SPOTLIGHT
May/June 2015 issue (May 11, 2015)

COVER STORY:"Amazing Tokyo"–Beyond 2020
Metropolis Hoping to Be a Model of Peace & Friendliness

The year 2020, when Tokyo will host the Olympics and Paralympics, is certainly a target year for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to make significant progress in its reforms, but it would aim to continue its work to revitalize the whole city beyond 2020.
This issue will cover the amazing story of Tokyo's structural reforms aimed at turning Tokyo into a major global city that can attract people and business from all over the world.

Japan SPOTLIGHT
March/April 2015 issue (March 10, 2015)

COVER STORY:Innovation – Reality or Dream?
Predicting the Future of Technology, Economy & Society
This time we highlight "Innovation", celebrating our 200th issue. As everybody knows, we would need innovation to realize an utopian society which we could define as high economic growth, peace and prosperity, a long and healthy life span, and consistency between the global environment and economic prosperity. What kind of innovation can be expected and how it can be achieved by policies will be the principal questions addressed.

JEF'S Activity Report The 1st CJK Cooperation Dialogue

November 13, 2014 in Seoul

Japan Economic Foundation has started a new activity "China-Japan-Korea Cooperation Dialogue," which is an annual 1.5 track trilateral conference.
We find together co-operative measures for common problems facing each country as well as shared problems of trans-boundary nature, and to disseminate them for policy impact, which will promote a sense of community in East Asia and lead to peace and prosperity in the region.

Japan SPOTLIGHT
January/February 2015 issue (January 9, 2015)

COVER STORY: Labor Market Reform – Key to Enhancing Individual Creativity
~Happy Workers Would Revitalize the Japanese Economy

The Japan SPOTLIGHT Jan./Feb. 2015 issue highlights "Labor Market Reform", one of the key structural reform items of Abenomics. How Japan can take advantage of the non-Japanese labor force, including immigrants, will be one of the main topics tackled in this issue. This is a controversial subject and we hope to stimulate a variety of views in response to our articles.

Japan SPOTLIGHT
November/December 2014 issue (November 10, 2014)

COVER STORY: The Tokyo Olympics & Paralympics in 2020
~A Message from the Japanese Sports Community

For this issue, we highlight "Tokyo Olympics & Paralympics in 2020".
The Olympics and Paralympics could have a wide-ranging impact on the future of Japan in terms of its economy, business and culture. As our first attempt at an analysis of this possible impact, we will start by discussing the future of Japanese sports and sports business.

Japan SPOTLIGHT
September/October 2014 issue (September 10, 2014)

COVER STORY: New Media Culture in Asia
The Internet revolution has two major aspects, one on the technology side and the other on the cultural side. Japan SPOTLIGHT highlighted its technological aspects in the Jan./Feb. 2008 issue.
Having noted its creation of a new culture in our globalized world, we now highlight its cultural aspects in our Sept./Oct. issue of 2014, and broaden the story from Japan into other parts of Asia, since new media culture in Asia today is greatly interlinked.

Japan SPOTLIGHT
July/August 2014 issue (July 11, 2014)

COVER STORY: METI's White Paper on International Economy & Trade
It is a tradition every summer that we highlight METI's White Paper on International Economy & Trade. For this issue, of course, the focus is on White Paper 2014.
Assessing the world's economic performance during these past five years since the financial crisis, it is clear that all the major economic powers are pursuing different growth strategies to restore their economies after the global recession. Japan is thus not the only country planning and devising a growth strategy. The third arrow of "Abenomics" may well be reexamined against this background of various efforts by major nations to create a better business and economic environment for their growth.
METI's White Paper 2014 highlights in this regard different regions' growth strategies and gives the Japanese growth strategy an international perspective.

Japan SPOTLIGHT
May/June 2014 issue (May 9, 2014)

COVER STORY: Where Is the Global Trade Regime Heading? – Searching for an Ideal International Trade Discipline
Whereas trade liberalization is today considered a strategy for export growth by all major industrial nations, which have a limited capacity in fiscal policy to spur their economies due to growing budget deficits, there are many people who oppose it.

Japan SPOTLIGHT is on the side of capitalism and supports trade liberalization as a major growth strategy. We believe that competition will lead to increasing economic welfare in terms of income and job growth, and thus capitalism can ensure a path to happiness. For the May/June issue, we are highlighting in this regard a wide range of trade policy arguments led by various intellectuals supporting trade liberalization as a desirable growth strategy.

Japan SPOTLIGHT
March/April 2014 issue (March 10, 2014)

COVER STORY: Japanese Culture – Enigma or Soft Power?
A country's culture can be represented by many products, both tangible and intangible. Animations, films, cuisine, and fashion may be symbols of a national culture, but people's customs, behavior or mentality are also crucial in determining the general image of a country.

The March/April issue highlights this cultural complexity in Japan and its possible role in foreign policy, assuming that the power of a culture can sometimes have consequences for diplomacy.

Japan SPOTLIGHT
January/February 2014 issue (January 10, 2014)

COVER STORY: Social Security in an Aging Society
Japan SPOTLIGHT Jan/Feb issue highlights the issue of "social security reform" which is currently a global one, as the aging of society is a common socioeconomic challenge for all OECD countries. We will showcase how Japan and other developed nations can cope with this challenge under growing fiscal deficits to develop a future with positive prospects for their aging societies.

Japan SPOTLIGHT
November/December 2013 issue (November 11, 2013)

COVER STORY:Abenomics' Impact on the Global Economy
Following our introduction of Abenomics in the last issue, we now focus on its impact upon the international economy. Japan's new macropolicies have so far been well received by the rest of the world. According to economic theory, under a so-called open economy where goods and capital move freely all over the world, exchange rates will be affected by macropolicies through movements in interest rates. Thus exchange rates would be a key channel for any given country's macropolicies to affect other national economies.
In this issue, we look at predictions of future exchange rate movements, which could be affected by numerous background factors including macropolicies, and then assess those exchange rate movements' impact upon the international economy.

Japan SPOTLIGHT
September/October 2013 issue (September 10, 2013)

COVER STORY: "Abenomics" & the Future of the Japanese Economy
We will highlight "Abenomics" in this issue. We look forward to indicating how Japan will aim to get back on rack in seeking to revive its economy. Will the "three arrows" of Abenomics enable the Japanese to dream again? Will other arrows be necessary to save the Japanese economy? Global thinkers will address these questions.

Japan SPOTLIGHT
July/August 2013 issue (July 10, 2013)

COVER STORY: White Paper on International Economy & Trade 2013
White Paper 2013 focuses on the question of productivity and we present some highly elaborate quantitative analyses and comparisons of international productivity growth by some distinguished Japanese academics. Although Japanese industrial productivity growth has lagged behind that of some other developed nations, the internationalization of firms' business activities will contribute to productivity growth and encourage new entries to the market through deregulation, and thus enhancing competition will be instrumental in raising productivity and eventually economic growth.

Japan SPOTLIGHT
May/June 2013 issue (May 13, 2013)

COVER STORY: Industrial Policy — a Third Engine for Promoting Growth
Industrial policy in Japan can now be possibly regarded as one of the most important elements of structural reform, one of the new administration's "three arrows" of macroeconomic policy. It is expected in Japan to enhance the added value of Japanese tradable goods and thus increase their competitiveness. We will discuss the new significance of industrial policy in Japan and also survey other countries' industrial policies and their changing implications.

Japan SPOTLIGHT
March/April 2013 issue (March 11, 2013)

COVER STORY: Economics & Geopolitics in the Asia-Pacific Region
Will Japan's disputes with China and South Korea have a negative effect on economic relations in East Asia? We will highlight the possible conflict between economics and politics that people in Asia now face. In the long run, the editor-in-chief believes that rational thinking will prevail over emotions. This issue will show how the intricacies of economics and politics can be resolved.

Japan SPOTLIGHT
January/February 2013 issue (January 10, 2013)

COVER STORY: Pilots in the Chartless Sea of a Knowledge Economy
Japan SPOTLIGHT will highlight the leading role of universities and think tanks in Japan and Asia. The knowledge and wisdom they may provide will be crucial for Japan to survive the post-Fukushima crisis. The network between Japan and other Asian nations should be based not only on the manufacturing sector but also on the pursuit and application of knowledge.

Japan SPOTLIGHT
November/December 2012 issue (November 9, 2012)

COVER STORY: "Social Equity" - A Global Issue for Sustainable Growth
"Social equity" – a kind of "inclusive growth" aimed at achieving consistency between growth and equality – has today become a crucial issue in economic policy all over the world, while in the Middle East the "Arab Spring", which started a couple of years ago, offers hope that burgeoning democracy there may lead to the pursuit of greater equality among the region's people.
A distinguished scholar of the Middle East, Associate Prof. Satoshi Ikeuchi of the University of Tokyo, has contributed a long article based on his comprehensive analysis of the present and future of Arabic countries which are still undergoing a possible transition towards a democratic society. We highlight his article as a Special Analysis in our cover story.
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Japan SPOTLIGHT
September/October 2012 issue (September 10, 2012)

COVER STORY: The Challenge to Risk Management after 3.11
What are the lessons of 3.11, 2011, an historic natural disaster and unprecedented nuclear incident? After a year and a half, Japan SPOTLIGHT highlights experts' views on what the world, not just Japan, should learn from this tragedy. One important aspect of this challenge is how to be well prepared for future risks. We would need to readjust our risk assessment/management systems. Our authors will offer their solutions.
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Japan SPOTLIGHT
July/August 2012 issue (July 10, 2012)

COVER STORY: White Paper on International Economy & Trade in 2012
Japan SPOTLIGHT will highlight METI's annual White Paper on international trade, 2012. What have been the main features of international trade for Japan recently? A continuing trade deficit is certainly one notable development. Will it continue? Will Japan's current balance fall into a deficit as well? Will Japan survive by trade or investment? Distinguished experts selected by our editorial staff will respond to such questions.

Japan SPOTLIGHT
May/June 2012 issue (May 10, 2012)

COVER STORY: Mission of Japan in the Roaring 21st Century
This issue fatured how Japanese can create a new model to lead the global economy in the 21st century. Following the economic crisis and nuclear crisis, Japan will have an important role to play in the world's future. Experts say Japan will make key decisions affecting global prosperity soon. - "Turning Japanese" may not necessarily be so bad in the future.

Japan SPOTLIGHT March/April 2012 issue (Mar. 9, 2012)

COVER STORY: Global Growth Strategy to Avoid Global Recession
With the Euro crisis and the US budget political crisis, the two major risks of global economic growth, how can we avoid a global recession?

Japan SPOTLIGHT January/February 2012 issue (Jan. 11, 2012)

Cover Story: Post-Fukushima Outlook
Japan and the rest of the world eventually have to face the energy crisis. Of course, this leads to an environmental crisis. We will cover not only energy policy agendas per se but also economic and industrial policy agendas to deal with the crisis.

Japan SPOTLIGHT November/December 2011 issue (Nov. 7, 2011)

COVER STORY: Regional Integrated Community: Catalyst for Global Governance
The season of the APEC leaders' meeting is coming in November. On this occasion we will highlight how regional integration and/or initiatives play an important role for global prosperity, stability and political security. We will invite a number of worldwide experts on regional integration to give their views.

Japan SPOTLIGHT September/October 2011 issue (Sep. 9, 2011)

COVER STORY: White Paper on International Economy & Trade 2011


We will highlight METI's White Paper 2011, which will be published in July, a month behind the usual schedule due to the disaster. This unusual incident has made the White Paper draw even more attention than usual. It features the important role of the global economic network in the post-disaster era and the efforts for its restoration.

Japan SPOTLIGHT July/August 2011 issue (July 11, 2011)

COVER STORY: Post-disaster Outlook for Japan

The July/August 2011 issue of Japan SPOTLIGHT is our second digitalized version.

For this issue, we highlight the consequences of Japan's unprecedented natural disaster that occurred on March 11, 2011. A wide range of analyses of its impact on the Japanese and international economies will be offered.

We also provide you with several distinguished experts' views on the path towards restoration that they envisage for the future.

Japan SPOTLIGHT May/June 2011 issue (May 20, 2011)

COVER STORY: Asian Dynamism

The May/June 2011 issue of Japan SPOTLIGHT is our first completely digitalized version.
For this issue, we do our best to breathe new life into the magazine and make it a publication better fitting the needs of our readership.
Thus, this issue - seeking to be an Asian version of "Foreign Affairs" or "Economist" - highlights Asia's new economic landscape accented by the "web revolution" and a new geopolitical balance stemming from China's emergence as the second largest economic power in the world.

JAPAN SPOTLIGHT March/April 2011 issue (March 1, 2011)

COVER STORY: Aging Society
Japan SPOTLIGHT will highlight "how to achieve security and vitality in an aging society." We will introduce views of not only academic experts but also businesses upon the costs and benefits of aging society and how we could save such costs and maximize benefits.


COVER STORY 2 Targeting "Elderly Market"
for Growth Strategy via Regulatory Reform
By Naohiro YASHIRO (Professor of economics, International Christian University, Tokyo)


VIEWPOINT 1 View from Ambassador of Chile to Japan
San Jose Mine: Japan Was There, All the Time
By Patricio TORRES (Ambassador of Chile to Japan)


SPECIAL ARTICLE 1 Club of Rome Conference
on Concerted Strategies for International Development
By Martin LEES (Former Secretary General of the Club of Rome and rector emeritus of the UN University for Peace)


SPECIAL ARTICLE 4 APEC in Yokohama: A US View
By Marc WALL (Minister/counselor for economic & science affairs at the US Embassy in Tokyo)

JAPAN SPOTLIGHT January / February 2011 issue (January 1, 2011)

COVER STORY: NGOs - Key Players
in Fighting Global Environmental Challenges

We will focus on activities and role of NGOs in this area. We are pleased to announce that JEF was recently honored to be nominated as representative of Japanfs National Association of Club of Rome. Club of Rome and other notable environment-related NGOs such as those working for Convention on Biological Diversity will be our additional subjects.


COVER STORY 1 Greetings from Club of Rome
Celebrating Launch of Club's Japan Chapter
By Ian JOHNSON (Secretary general, the Club of Rome)


SPECIAL ARTICLE: Impact of US 2010 Elections
By Harald MALMGREN (Former US deputy trade representative and Senate advisor)


PERSONAL PROFILE: Interview with Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, president & CEO, Production I.G, Inc.
Japanese Anime Evolving
By Interviewer: Yoshihiro KATAOKA


PROMENADE: Art of Iai Offers Clue to Japan's Soul
By Natsuko TOYODA (JEF)

JAPAN SPOTLIGHT November / December 2010 issue (November 1, 2010)

COVER STORY: Global Governance in 21st Century
Key to Achieving World Peace & Prosperity

For Nov./Dec. issue, our cover story highlights management of world which has certainly great impact upon our children's and grandchildren's future since its quality should lead to heaven or hell in world political and economic arena where next generation must live. That makes big difference from firm's or family's management which affects mainly ourselves only and not much future generations.
COVER STORY 4: OECD: Natural Partner in New Global Ecomonic Governance
By Angel GURRIA (Secretary general, OECD)


PERSONAL PROFILE: Interview with Tatsuya Matsui, CEO, Flower Robotics, Inc.
Putting Robots to Commercial Use Will Change Society

JAPAN SPOTLIGHT September/ October 2010 issue (September 1, 2010)

Japan SPOTLIGHT features insights into roles expected of by distinguished experts from various parts of world on occasion of APEC summit in Yokohama in November 2010.


JAPAN SPOTLIGHT July/August 2010 issue (July 1, 2010)

COVER STORY: White Paper on International Economy & Trade 2010
In featuring the White Paper on International Economy and Trade 2010 in this latest edition, Japan SPOTLIGHT asked for contributions from academic experts and executives of front-running business corporations. These contributions are shown as cover stories on the pages right after the following article summarizing the annual Japanese government report.

SPECIAL ARTICLES: Futenma Base Issue
A Test to Deepen Japan-US Relations
By Satoshi MORIMOTO


PERSONAL PROFILE: Interview with Setsuko Yuki, a famed food coordinator
Japanese Cuisine Changing World Food Culture


JAPAN SPOTLIGHT May/June 2010 issue (May 1, 2010)

COVER STORY:Gender Equality Spurs Economic Growth
Women's potential competency is untapped sources of fuel for economic growth. Intelligent women in Japan and the rest of the world will discuss the future role of women in the economy. In particular, Japanese women will - and should - be given a greater opportunity to display their competency that overwhelms men's.
Cultural Exchange: Tunisia
Interview with Tunisian Ambassador N. B. F. Hached


Special Interview: Pedaling to World Fame (2) Interview with ex-World Sprint Cycling Champion Koichi Nakano


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JAPAN SPOTLIGHT March/April 2010 issue (March 1, 2010)

COVER STORY:What policies do we expect from Japan's new DPJ-led government?
Experts discuss a possible policy change in Japan as well as in the world likely brought about by Tokyo's unprecedented change of power.
J. Terashima, viewed as an adviser to the Hatoyama government, portrays what form of nation Japan should seek to be & other experts look into Japan's new government.

Special Interview: Pedaling to World Fame (1) Interview with ex-World Sprint Cycling Champion Koichi Nakano

JAPAN SPOTLIGHT January/February 2010 issue (January 1, 2010)

COVER STORY:Open Innovation
A Key to Achieving Socioeconomic Evolution

Innovation is vital to achieve solid, sustained growth. Distinguished authors from various parts of the world will help readers identify the fittest innovation system for each country. You will find a clue to what would be the best socioeconomic innovation system for Japan.
Prof. Chesbrough, Prof. Kodama, both authors of books on open innovation, & other experts on technology look into the best strategy of innovation in our knowledge-based economy.

JAPAN SPOTLIGHT November/December 2009 issue (November 1, 2009)

COVER STORY:World Poverty
a Challenge to Humankind in 21st Century


How should we work on reducing poverty in the world?
Dr. R. K. Pachauri, Novel Peace Prize winner in 2007, and other opinion leaders will present various solutions to the most urgent issue focused on the "bottom billion" in the poorest countries in the world.

JAPAN SPOTLIGHT September/October 2009 issue (September 1, 2009)

COVER STORY:Japanese Culture: Source of Power on World Stage?

Can Japanese Modern Culture Contribute to the World Business Development & Peaceful Foreign Relations?
A variety of the thinkers world-wide talk aboutlook into what Japanese culture today implies to the globalized world community.

Special Artilce: Future Outlook of Japan-US Strategic Alliance
(From the report of "Panel to Propose Building of New Japan-US Relationship under New US Administration")
A group of Japanese experts on relations between Tokyo and Washington has drawn up a set of recommendations on bilateral and global issues in a project commissioned by the Japan Economic Foundation.

JAPAN SPOTLIGHT July/August 2009 issue

COVER STORY: White Paper on International Economy & Trade 2009
Amid the global economic crisis, METI White Paper shows us the way in which Japan's economy should proceed to, "change a pinch into a chance."
Its main topics include the financial crisis & Asian economy, the international trade regime amid the crisis, internationalization of Japanese content industry, and tourism.

JAPAN SPOTLIGHT May/June 2009 issue (May 1, 2009)

COVER STORY: Foreign Direct Investment in Japan
In the cover story delves into the activities of foreign corporate subsidiaries in Japan and their impact on the Japanese business community and economy amid the evolving business climate.
Special Report: Dr. Barry Eichengreen, professor at UC Berkeley, paints "a better future" for the role of economics, called into question amid the global credit crisis today.

JAPAN SPOTLIGHT March/April 2009

COVER STORY Global Aging: Challenge & Opportunity

Global aging is a challenge for the world as well as Japan. However, we should look at its positive side as well. Academic experts and businesspeople introduce you to a wide range of aspects of the theme.

Japan SPOTLIGHT January/February 2009

COVER STORY Energy & Environment: Global Approach to Long-term Challenges
How will Japan and the rest of Asia cope with this new challenge while responding to global environmental concerns closely related to the energy situation? Experts in various sectors, including bioenergy, the IEA and METI. showcase the road to solutions.
Special articles:Dr. T. J. Pempel, professor, UC Berkeley,
suggests Japan "re-balance" its policy priorities as it gives a fresh look at its relations with the United States ahead of the Obama administration's inauguration.

This issue carries a second installment in the Japanese Craft & Art series featuring "urushi" lacquer. Leading urushi lacquerware artist Kazumi Murose, holder of a "living national treasure" title, introduces the masterpieces of his choice in this issue. Another article features Wajima lacquerware, produced in Wajima, Ishikawa prefecture. It is one of Japan's leading traditional craftwork brands using urushi, and some Wajima ware products were used at an official dinner during the G-8 Toyako summit. Yet another related article features "butsudan," a family Buddhist altar, also coated with urushi as well as leaf gold.
The current issue concludes the Promenade series of articles on farmer philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka. The last installment introduces the present activities of desert greening by clay-ball seeding, a practice being inherited by the next generation.

Japan SPOTLIGHT: Please send your opinion for Readers' Column


Japan SPOTLIGHT welcomes letters to the Readers' Column for the exchange of opinions among readers. Please feel free to send your opinion or comment about articles and today's world economy. For example, you may comment on the article about the economic crisis by Dr. Madsen. When your letter is to be carried, we will contact you beforehand.

Japan SPOTLIGHT November/December 2008 issue

COVER STORY:Plus-sum game in innovative Asia This issue features various regional alliance efforts designed to achieve a win-win relationship in the Asia-Pacific region. Some regional opinion leaders provide their insights into the theme. Now, Japan SPOTLIGHT offers an Asian-wide discussion tool on the important policy issue.

In one of two special articles, Dr. Robert Madsen, a senior fellow at MIT, presents steps to fend off a "once-in-a-century" financial crisis.In the other, Nobutake Odano, Japanese ambassador to the EU and former envoy in charge of TICAD 4, sums up the significance of the conference.

The latest issue also profiles farmer philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka, who passed away this August after making a lifelong effort for greening the desert by clay-ball seeding in Asia and Africa. He won the Ramon Magsaysay Award and was awarded the highest honorary degree of India's Visva-Bharati University by then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi as well as the Earth Council Award. In his second installment in a new series, Kazumi Murose, an urushi lacquer art producer appointed a living national treasure in July, describes urushi in Japanese culture.


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JAPAN SPOTLIGHT September/October 2008 issue (Sep 1, 2008)

September/October issue features the future of the fast digitalizing global economy. What impact is it causing on the Japanese economy? What about its effects on the Japanese digital industry's competitiveness? These and other points are analyzed in a broad perspective by government academic and industry experts such as Etsuhiko Shoyama, president of Hitach Ltd.. , plus specialists from abroad such as George Scalise, president of the US Semiconductor Industry Association. The Japanese Art & Craft column is featuring traditional handicrafts based on Japanese lacquer urushi. Promenade is featuring Masanobu Fukuoka, a father of Natural Farming, who has just passed away at age 95 for old age on 16th of last month.

JAPAN SPOTLIGHT July / August 2008 issue (July 15, 2008)

This time we will feature White Paper on International Economy & Trade 2008, an annual review of Japan's international economy and trade done by METI officials and specialists:
This year, they focus on how Japanese businesses are adjusting to "globalization." They also highlight the issue of "water shortage," one of the most urgent challenges in the world today.
Also taken up are the rising international status of Japanese food culture, a joint welfare project undertaken by Finland and the Japanese city of Sendai, the world of flower arrangement, social issue like Hikikomori, culture & trends in Japan and various economic analysis.

JAPAN SPOTLIGHT May/June 2008 issue (May 1, 2008)

The main theme "Evolving Japanese-style Management and Global Competition". It is focasing on CSR (an important key to corporate governance in the 21st century), changes in Japanese management and its impact on overseas businesses, accented by interviews with business leaders. It also carries special articles on the upcoming G-8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit, food culture, arts, and a foreign businessman's viewpoint to shed light on various aspects of Japan.

JAPAN SPOTLIGHT March/April 2008 (March 1, 2008)

From outstanding engineering to the creation of products with superior performance, Japan's vigorous economic society is supported by excellent human resources. We will report Japan's cultivation of human resources today with resent movement of university reform, collaboration with industries and universities and concrete examples of business education. On the another column, employment reform, Japan-ASEAN FTA as special articles, food culture, art and view from foreigners etc., we will introduce Japan from various point of view.

JAPAN SPOTLIGHT Janurary/February 2008

How has the web revolution changed Japaense media, business and society? This issue highlights the Internet evolution and its multi-faced effects, including those on TV, advertisement, the ICT industry, copyrights and human rights. Writers presenting their views on these and other topics will have a variety of nationalities such as China, Australia, the United States and Britan in addition to Japan.

JAPAN SPOTLIGHT November/December issue (November 1, 2007)

We will look into Japan's sagging birthrate in this issue. There are many things to be considered in addressing this problem. We will try to approach some of them, including the current environment surrounding Japanese women, policy issues, psychological analysis, the work/life balance and corporate challenges. As a special article, problems associated with the safety of consumer products are to be taken up.

JAPAN SPOTLIGHT May/June 2007

What else can we do for environmental protection? In the next issue, we will feature global environmental issues, including Japan's latest technical developments by specialists in various fields. We will also
introduce a small regional company using bamboo for business, helping ease the load on the environment. In the "Japanese Mind" column, we will show you the fascination of "Noh" and how to enjoy the Japanese traditional
masked dance-drama, along with some beautiful photos.

JAPAN SPOTLIGHT July/Augst 2007 issue (July 11, 2007)

On the Cover Story we will feature "White Paper on International Economy and Trade 2007" Senior officials and specialists from METI look into ways of coping with dicerse economic and trade issues such as global current account imbalances and logistics in the annual White Paper.
About other contents, we will introduce Japnese ODA to india, Japanese Food, Sake, the art island Naoshima and the Japanese mentality seen in city landscape.
It is also interesting the viewpoint from the foreigners living in Japan. On this issue, British freelance joulnalist watch Japanese film industry, and Malaysian scholer look at the relationship between East Asia and Japan

Japan SPOTLIGTH May/June 2007 issue (May 1,2007)

Japan SPOTLIGHT latest issue is feature Abe Administrateion's Economic Policies. We invite 8 economic experts to get a big picture view of the pilicies and present Japan's economic condition.here

Japan SPOTLIGHT March/April 2007 issue (March 1,2007)

The latest issue features Japan's Fashion Industry. It cover from policy aspects to some examples of Internet business, including its potentiality and development. It will also carry an interview with the president of a world-famous Japanese fashion brand company. On the basis of new initiatives such as "Japan Fashion Week in Tokyo," you will get an insider's view of Japan's burgeoning fashion industry.