Strong ASEAN-Japan Ties Important to Global Stability

Partnership between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Japan must be enhanced far beyond economic means in anticipation of the ASEAN Community, set to be effective in 2015, when the region is expected to play a more determinant role in global security, say analysts.

East Asia Regional Cooperation on Global Health

By Susan Hubbard
East Asia is experiencing an escalation of seemingly intractable conflicts over territory and history that threaten to undo gains that have been made in building regional institutions and promoting cross-border engagement. We need another watershed moment of cooperation to help open up new avenues of communication across the region. Health is a field that is ripe for that kind of cooperation.

Celebrating Community Health Workers: a Look Back to 2013

By Maya Wedemeyer and Sarah Zimmerman
As the second annual World Health Workers Week draws to a close, we wish to look back at the ways in which community health workers have been honored over the past year – especially for their incredible power for aiding social and economic development through the health sector.

Invite Foreign Interns to Settle in Japan, Think Tank Says

Japan Times coverage of a policy proposal put forth as part of JCIE’s program on Population Decline & Immigration., which recommends that Japan replace its discredited national foreigners’ trainee program with a system that invites overseas interns to settle in Japan.

Come on Japan, Get with the Program

Founding a startup today has become the stuff of TV and movies around the world.  But in Japan today, founding a tech company is not what you might call super popular. Silicon Valley appreciates a good failure. The Japanese — not so much. 

Rebel Without a Country

Rebel Pepper, China’s most notorious political cartoonist, fled his native land for Japan. But life in exile is tougher than he expected.

In Japan, Foreigners Increasingly Fill Workforce Gaps

By Lisa Du
Non-Japanese are taking a bigger role in powering Japan’s economy as a labor shortage impels the country to overcome its long-standing resistance to foreign workers. With hundreds of thousands of jobs going unfilled, businesses from noodle shops to auto-parts factories are squeezing every existing channel to get help.

How Japan Pushes Coal on the World

While the U.S. backs away from its dirtiest power source, its closest ally in Asia is building, selling and financing coal plants worldwide.

Etiquette and Rituals Rule in Japan’s Business Culture

At a dinner meeting in Tokyo recently, two Japanese professors, Ryo Sahashi and Satoru Mori, arrived and sat down at their booth. Even though it meant one of them would shortly have to get up to make room for one of their colleagues, who had yet to arrive, they left the middle seat between them empty.

A Toilet for All Techies

There’s really no other way to describe them: The toilets of Japan are fabulous. But most U.S. consumers don’t know there’s a whole wide high-tech toilet world out there. It’s something that has to be tried to be really appreciated, says Bill Strang, president of operations for Toto in the Americas.