Category Archives: Japan

Japan’s Economy & Trade (A Video Interview with Watanabe Yorizumi)

Memo #280 Featuring Watanabe Yorizumi Last month the Asia Pacific Memo sat down with Watanabe Yorizumi, since 2005 a member of the Faculty of Policy Management at the Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University. Professor Watanabe came to his … Continue reading

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Reforming “Regular” Employment in Japan: A Target of Abenomics’ “Third Arrow”

Memo #273 By Scott North – north [at] hus.osaka-u.ac.jp “Regular” employment in Japan connotes unlimited samurai-style devotion by employees, with employers responsible for worker well-being and employment stability. Japan’s courts cite this relationship ideal to restrict employers’ legal right to … Continue reading

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Resolving the Senkaku/Diaoyu Island Dispute: The Limitations of International Law

Pacific Prospective features the research of graduate students. Memo #272 By  Keshav Kelkar – keshav.kelkar [at] alumni.ubc.ca Among the many issues causing friction in Sino-Japanese relations, none has as great a potential for generating armed conflict as the dispute over the … Continue reading

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The Global Intensification of Supplementary Education

Memo #271 Featuring Julian Dierkes Recently, Ee-Seul Yoon of the Faculty of Education at UBC in coordination with the Asia Pacific Memo sat down with Dr. Julian Dierkes, Associate Professor and Keidanren Chair in Japanese Research at UBC’s Institute for Asian Research, to … Continue reading

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Posted in Asia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea | Tagged China, education, education policy, hagwon 학원, Hong Kong, hyper-education, juku 塾, Korea, sociology, supplementary education, tutoring | 1 Comment

Against Abe: Listening for Oppositional Voices within Japan

Memo #268 By Hyung-Gu Lynn – hlynn [at] mail.ubc.ca The poster beside the headquarters of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in Tokyo features a photograph of Prime Minister Abe Shinzō, adorned with the slogan “Take back Japan!” Most English-language … Continue reading

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Fragmentation vs. Integration in Asia in 2014: A Year for the History Books

Memo #259 By Yves Tiberghien – yves.tiberghien [at] ubc.ca Dr. Tiberghien at the G-20 in St. Petersburg, Russia (September 2013). In the wake of major leadership change around East Asia, what will be the major trends in the Asia/Pacific region … Continue reading

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Japan-China Relations: Issues and Prospects (Video Interview with Akio Takahara) – Part 2 of 2

Memo #254 Featuring Akio Takahara In part two of his interview with the Asia Pacific Memo (see part one here), Dr. Akio Takahara , a professor in the Graduate School of Law and Politics at the University of Tokyo and a recognized … Continue reading

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Posted in China, Japan | Tagged academic debate, Diaoyutai Islands, education policy, international relations, nationalism, Senkaku Islands | Leave a comment

Japan-China Relations: Issues and Prospects (Video Interview with Akio Takahara) – Part 1 of 2

Memo #253 Featuring Akio Takahara Recently the Asia Pacific Memo sat down with Dr. Akio Takahara, Professor in the Graduate School of Law and Politics at the University of Tokyo and a recognized authority on contemporary Chinese politics, international relations in East … Continue reading

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Posted in China, Japan | Tagged Chinese leaders, Diaoyutai Islands, education, international relations, military, political science, Senkaku Islands | 1 Comment

Japan as Test Case for a New Age: The Importance of Understanding Local Places

Memo #240 By Anthony S. Rausch – asrausch [at] cc.hirosaki-u.ac.jp Japan faces an aging population and rural out-migration, a sluggish economy and drastic divisions between urban-rural economies, a critical techno-environmental catastrophe and vital debates regarding energy policy. A bleak set … Continue reading

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Urban Beekeeping: a new buzz in Asian cities

We need bees, but bees are dying. This is a global problem, but some Asian cities are finding novel solutions in urban beekeeping.

The humble Apis Mellifera punches well above its tenth of a gram weight. Through transferring pollen, bees are essential to 80% of the food we consume. Furthermore, the economic input from bees is substantial, with pollinated crops accounting for $1 trillion of the yearly agricultural produce sold. Continue reading

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Posted in Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea | Tagged agriculture, bees, Business, economics, environment, food, food security, green, urban, urbanization | Leave a comment