Step Aside, GPS, the Japanese “Michibiki” Promises Higher Accuracy Positioning System

  The second satellite of the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS)—the Japanese version of the  Global Positioning System (GPS)—is scheduled for launch on June 1, and it promises to measure a position on the ground with higher accuracy.   The QZSS is a four-satellite system, and the Japanese aim to put it in full-scale operation starting […]

Japan’s Job Hunting System Poses Challenges to In-Demand Foreign Students

Due to a shortage of workers at home and the need to secure personnel for expansion projects overseas, Japanese corporations are entering into increasingly fierce competition as they recruit outstanding foreign exchange students who have studied at universities in Japan. Looking for new ways to take part in Asian economic growth, corporations scrambling to globalize […]

Japan’s Worsening Social Divide: A Looming Political Risk

Around two and a half thousand years ago in Greece, Socrates despaired of young people. “The children now love luxury,” he lamented, “they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in the place of exercise.” Given his intellect, you might have expected a little more self-awareness; enough to […]

There Will Be Nothing Easy about a U.S.-Japan Free Trade Agreement

Now that Donald Trump has followed through on his campaign promise to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), hopes for trade liberalization between the United States and Japan have shifted to a potential bilateral free-trade agreement. Bilateral FTAs are the preferred vehicle for Trump’s new economic team because it is easier for each […]

Editorial: Trump’s Trade Policies Will Make America Poorer

We cannot help but be disappointed by the seemingly inflexible stance of the Trump administration, which fails to understand the significance of free trade and which insists on viewing trading partners as enemies. President Trump’s view that the United States has been sacrificing American industry and enriching the industries of other countries for decades is […]