Jim Gannon, Executive Director of JCIE/USA, calls for greater US-Japan partnership on pandemic response and global health in this piece for the Council on Foreign Relations’ Asia Unbound blog, pointing out key areas where cooperation is needed.
Susie Armitage writes on the relationship between Japan’s single moms, who face many challenges in Japan’s work culture, and the underpopulated areas that are developing programs to promote relocation.
This NPR article features HelpAge International in Vietnam’s Intergenerational Self-Help Club model, which was the recipient of the 1st Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation. They received the Grand Prize in the Community-Based Innovation category.
Article on Japan potentially allowing immigration of Hong Kong financial sector workers. Features quotes from Toshihiro Menju, Managing Director and Chief Program Officer at JCIE
Tadashi Yamamoto, who brushed shoulders with everyone from Henry A. Kissinger to David Rockefeller as he worked to strengthen ties between the U.S. and Japan, died Sunday at the age of 76. He was a leading member of the generation of “wise men” who rose to prominence, working to maintain friendly relations between the two allies during periods of trade tension.
By Susan Hubbard and Keiko Watanabe
The 1994 Human Development Report introduced the idea of human security to the world stage. Since then, several countries—most notably Canada and Japan—have made attempts to integrate the concept into the international policy architecture.
From Japan Times
Memorial and prayer services were held across Japan on Monday, which marked the second anniversary of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Tohoku’s coastline and left some 19,000 people dead or missing amid the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.
By Tomoko Suzuki
For over a decade, Japan has been a vocal champion of the human security approach. This paper looks back to its genesis and how the human security approach persisted as a pillar of Japan’s foreign policy in spite of recent political turmoil characterized by rapid changes in leadership at the highest level of government.
By Tom Paulson
A report by JCIE notes that Americans have given about $730 million to assist Japan in rebuilding and recovery from the 2011 tsunami. Many might be upset to learn that one rich nation donated so much to another rich nation when so many extremely poor countries and communities have bigger needs. Shouldn’t we have directed that money elsewhere?
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.