Health and Human Security

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.

Nation Marks Second Year Since Calamity

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.

Japan as a Champion of Human Security

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.

Why Did Americans Donate $730 million to Wealthy Japan?

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.