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Expert: Private sector and gov’t must join hands to utilize advanced technology for economic security

By Kanehara Nobukatsu, Special Visiting Professor at Doshisha University   What is “economic security?” It is not a new area of specialization. I consider it a broad area, a mixture of security policy–especially military policy–with science and technology policy and industrial policy.   Today in the 21st century, great advances in science and technology are about to revolutionize the world….Read more

ECONOMY

Calls for Japan to relax COVID-19 entry restrictions intensify

BY KAZUAKI NAGATA, STAFF WRITER   Disappointed and angry over Japan’s stringent entry restrictions that have been prolonged for months amid the spread of the omicron variant, some of Japan’s most prominent foreign business lobby groups and student representatives stuck abroad have called for a relaxation of the visa rules, warning that keeping the door shut tightly is damaging the….Read more

  • February 9, 2022
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ECONOMY

Expert: China must make extraordinary reforms to join TPP

Below is an interview of Tsuruoka Koji, Japan’s former TPP chief negotiator, as told to Nishimura Hiroyuki.   The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement is a major driving force for growth in a world where the international division of labor has become the norm. An ambitious economic community will be formed if China, the largest trading partner for most TPP participating….Read more

  • January 31, 2022
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ECONOMY

Expert: Japan should take initiative in TPP in absence of U.S.

Below is an interview of Katada Saori, University of Southern California professor, as told to Nishimura Hiroyuki.   The U.S. does not want China to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, but the U.S. does not openly oppose China’s participation as long as it itself is not participating in the trade pact. Even though Japan cares about what the U.S.….Read more

  • January 31, 2022
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ECONOMY

Trade talks between Japan and U.S. at standstill

By Nasu Shinichi   Jan. 20 marks one year since the launch of the Biden administration. During this time, trade talks between Japan and the U.S. have not moved forward. The Biden administration has emphasized building cooperative relations with allies through the reinforcement of digital technology and supply chains, with a view to countering China. It is uncertain whether Japan….Read more

  • January 20, 2022
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ECONOMY

New research institute in Taiwan to promote Japan-Taiwan cooperation

By Yaita Akio, Taipei   Increasing cooperation between Japan and Taiwan in the fields of industry, science and technology is attracting attention, with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world’s largest semiconductor contract manufacturer, planning to open a new factory in Kumamoto Prefecture in 2022 for operations to start in 2024. The “Taiwan Japan Academy,” a think tank for research….Read more

  • December 9, 2021
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INTERNATIONAL

JICA holds 196 billion yen in undelivered grant aid

By Sakakibara Ken   A total of 196 billion yen in government official development assistance grant aid already allocated for projects in developing countries has yet to be delivered by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to the recipient countries, sources revealed on Oct. 20. The main reason for the delay is the domestic circumstances in the target countries. Some….Read more

  • October 21, 2021
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ECONOMY

More countries institute regulations on foreign investment

With heightened interest in economic security amid an intensifying U.S.-China rivalry, more countries worldwide are reinforcing regulations on foreign investment in domestic companies. The number of countries that introduced an advance screening system to prevent corporate acquisitions that may lead to an outflow of important technology have doubled in the past ten years to 34 as of the end of….Read more

  • September 7, 2021
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ECONOMY

Japan and Malaysia sign memorandum on digital transformation

Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshi Kajiyama held talks with the Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry Mohamed Azmin Ali and discussed measures to increase the productivity of Malaysia’s manufacturing industry using digital technology. Following the discussion, the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) signed a memorandum that includes the promotion of….Read more

  • April 6, 2021
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POLITICS

Japan won’t consider new ODA for Myanmar for the time being

By Tatsuya Sato, Naoki Kikuchi, and Yuki Nikaido   The Japanese government will not extend official development assistance (ODA) to the government of Myanmar. The aid was scheduled for Cabinet approval this month, although it hadn’t been officially announced lest the cancellation suggests a sanction. Japan is the largest donor of economic assistance to Myanmar. It is hoped that future….Read more

  • March 10, 2021
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