E-Journal

March/April 2014 Issue

March/April 2014 Issue

Japanese Culture - Enigma or Soft Power?

Publisher's Note
Regional Economic Integration— Where Are We Going?
By Kazumasa Kusaka
Cover Story • Japanese Culture – Enigma or Soft Power?
Japanese Culture – Enigma or Soft Power?
By Naoyuki Haraoka (Editor-in-chief, Japan SPOTLIGHT & executive managing director, JEF)
Cover Story • Japanese Culture – Enigma or Soft Power? • 1
The Realms of Power in Cultural Diplomacy from France's Perspective
Interviewer: Naoyuki Haraoka (Editor-in-chief, Japan SPOTLIGHT & executive managing director, JEF) Writing: Elena K. Johansson (writer and journalist living in Tokyo)
Cover Story • Japanese Culture – Enigma or Soft Power? • 2-1-1-1
In Search of Culture
By Wilson Koh (3rd year undergraduate studying economics at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore)
Cover Story • Japanese Culture – Enigma or Soft Power? • 2-1-1-2
Omoiyari — Japan’s Cultural Strength
By Min Joo Kim (3rd-year student at Keio University SFC)
Cover Story • Japanese Culture — Enigma or Soft Power? • 2-1-2
Japanese Cultural Attractions in a Modern & Global Context
By Sanjeev Sinha (president of the Sun and Sands Group)
Cover Story • Japanese Culture – Enigma or Soft Power? • 2-1-3
Japanese Culture & Small Business— One Key to the Economy
By Traci Consoli (Chief Executive Cow Herd @ The Pink Cow Restaurant)
Cover Story • Japanese Culture – Enigma or Soft Power? • 2-1-4
Japan Library: Pukapuka
By Jillian Yorke (Japan-related translator, writer, and editor)
Cover Story • Japanese Culture – Enigma or Soft Power? • 2-1-1-3
Okonomiyaki— A Long-Established Favorite in Japanese Cuisine
By Jei-Hee Hong (2nd-year GIGA student at Keio SFC)
Cover Story • Japanese Culture – Enigma or Soft Power? • 2-2-1
ACompass on Japan's Foreign Tourism Ahead of the Tokyo Olympics 2020
Interviewer: Naoyuki Haraoka (Editor-in-chief, Japan SPOTLIGHT & executive managing director, JEF) Writing: Elena K. Johansson (writer and journalist living in Tokyo)
Cover Story • Japanese Culture – Enigma or Soft Power? • 2-2-2
Can Cultural Ambassadors Build Bridges?
By Roland Kelts (author of Japanamerica)
Cover Story • Japanese Culture – Enigma or Soft Power? • 2-2-3
Crossing Borders with Comedies
By Atsushi Ogata (film director, screenwriter and actor)
Cover Story • Japanese Culture – Enigma or Soft Power? • 2-2-4
Adventures of a Japanese Restaurateur in California
By Yoshimori Tome (owner of the Sushi Ran restaurant in Sausalito)
Cover Story • Japanese Culture – Enigma or Soft Power? • 2-2-5
Japanese Fashion: Global Appeal & Future Prospects
By Haruka Kuriyama (member of the public relations staff of the Japan Fashion Week Organization (JFWO)
Cover Story • Japanese Culture – Enigma or Soft Power? • 3
The Soft Power of Japanese Culture as a Means to Peace & Prosperity
Discussion by Robert Dujarric (Director of the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies at Temple University), Parissa Haghirian (Associate Professor at Sophia University) Chaired by Naoyuki Haraoka (Editor-in-chief of Japan SPOTLIGHT)
Special Article • 1
The US & China-Japan-Korea Free Trade Agreement: A Trans-Pacific Partnership Backup Plan?
By Paul Sracic (professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Youngstown State University in Ohio)
Special Article • 2
Maternal Instinct — Most Effective Soft Power for Promoting Global Prosperity
By Masako Watanabe (an editorial staff member of the Japan Economic Foundation)
Special Article • 3
The Emergence of Global Value Chains Implications for Trade Policy
By Ken Ash (OECD Director of Trade and Agriculture), Sébastien Miroudot (senior trade policy analyst) and Dorothée Rouzet (trade policy analyst at the OECD)
Special Article • 4
New "Discover India Club" in Japan Promoting Japan-India Friendship & Cooperation
By Rabinder Malik (president of DIC)
Recent JEF Activity
Working Towards Global Peace & Prosperity – JEF Activities in 2013
By Kiyomi Nakahata (a senior staff member of the General Affairs Department of the Japan Economic Foundation)