Manila’s Subway: Japan to Fund Southeast Asia’s ‘Project of the Century’

  Of Japan’s infrastructure, it is the subway that visiting Filipinos approve of the most: the technology, the mechanics, the efficiency. They will have one in Metro Manila in eight years, as the Japanese government is set to finance the Philippines’ first subway.   Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte witnessed […]

Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Calls for ‘Expanding Number of Foreign Workers’

  On November 16th the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) issued a set of proposals for expanding the acceptance of foreign workers in Japan. In context of a worsening labor shortage in the construction industry and other sectors, the proposal notes that a greater utilization of foreign workers is necessary and further states […]

An Interview With Kikkoman: How the Japanese Soy Sauce Became A Global Seasoning

  Kikkoman is a leading soy sauce manufacturer with a history spanning more than 350 years. This year, however, Kikkoman celebrates the 100th anniversary of the company’s incorporation in Japan and its 60th in the United States. Kikkoman has sold and promoted its soy sauce—a seasoning that was once known only in certain Asian countries—tenaciously overseas. In 2016, […]

Trump and Trade: Why Asia Has Much to Fear From US Protectionism

  A radical “America First” approach to trade is central to United States President Donald Trump’s foreign policy in Asia.   He speaks frequently of reaching “fair” trade arrangements, which benefit the US. In part, it was because of this and soon after Mr. Trump came to office that he blocked the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement involving Japan—much to […]

Japanese Car Manufacturers’ Association Should Step in Kobe Steel Crisis

The automobile industry, a leader in the domestic manufacturing, is feeling the ramifications of the falsification of Kobe Steel quality control data. The affected aluminum, copper, and steel products are used widely in automobiles, so trust in Japanese manufacturing is dramatically shaken.    At this stage, no problems concerning the vehicle safety have been reported, […]

Food, Sports, Security: Wisconsin Governor Talks About Partnership with Japan

  Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin was in Japan recently as part of the United States midwest trade delegation. On September 12, he sat down with JAPAN Forward in Tokyo and talked about a wide range issues—from business, investment, and culture to education and security.   Of course, Walker talked about how successful Wisconsin-Japan businesses […]