In many developed countries, population decline poses economic and social strains and may even threaten national security. Through case studies of Sweden, France, Italy, Japan, and Singapore, The Other Population Crisis explores national efforts to promote births and the significant government role in stopping declines in birth rates.
Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #180, 1984. PDF 13 pages.
The Fukushima nuclear meltdown has forced Japan to reconsider its energy policy, and as the country continues to grapple with the aftermath of the crisis triggered by the March 2011 earthquake, public opinion remains deeply divided about the country’s future energy policy including nuclear power. The United States, too, is facing its own challenges, as a bonanza in natural gas within its borders in recent years is redefining the meaning of energy independence. How both countries are looking beyond petroleum to meet their respective energy needs, and prospects for alternative energy sources including nuclear power, were the topics of discussion at the latest Japan-U.S. Joint Public Policy Forum, held in Tokyo on October 31, 2012.
National Identities and Bilateral Relations: Widening Gaps in East Asia and Chinese Demonization of the United StatesFeb 06, 2013
This volume on East Asian national identity examines the two-way relations of Japan, South Korea, and China, introducing the concept of a national identity gap to estimate the degree to which the identities of two countries target each other as negative contrasts.
Promising to level the playing field with China has been a vote-winning mantra among Democrats and Republicans alike. Yet competition for new markets, natural resources, good jobs, and global talent is as likely to come from Japan and South Korea as from China.
Constitutional revision is a perennial topic in Japanese political discussion, with Article 9—which renounces war and the threat or use of force as a means of settling international disputes—subject to particularly vigorous debate. This new Asia Program publication asks whether it’s not “A Time for Change” for Japan’s “Peace Constitution.”
Read the summary of the most recent Japan-U.S. Joint Public Policy Forum. The forum was held in Tokyo to discuss the U.S.-Japan bilateral alliance after the March, 2011, earthquake and tsunami related disasters in Japan, and was co-sponsored by the Wilson Center and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.
This rigorous comparative study of national identity in Japan, South Korea, and China examines countries with long histories influenced by Confucian thought, surging nationalism, and far-reaching regional ambitions. It compares their national identities based on ideology; history; and other cultural, political, and economic factors.
Few would question the assertion that the U.S.-China relationship is the predominant factor in Asian power interactions. All Asian capitals keep a very close eye on bilateral dealings between these two giants, in particular to see how they will affect their own relations with them.
A report on a December 2010 conference in Tokyo organized by the Asia Program and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) convening experts from Japan and the United States to discuss the implications of the 2008 global financial crisis.