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How to Make Japan Great Again

06.10.20 Publication:

DUBLIN – Japan’s new prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, has arrived with a suite of ambitious policy ideas, including plans to digitize government services...

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Japan Society Chairman’s Blog – 21

02.10.20

Every generation, as they get older, sees things happening among younger people that allows them to conclude that society must have gone mad. For me, in recent...

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Japan Society Chairman’s Blog – 20

25.09.20

I cannot pretend that these are not turbulent times, when an American president refuses to confirm that there will be a peaceful transfer of power after the US...

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US Election

20.09.20 Publication:

The American election always matters to the outside world, for whatever anyone may claim about the decline of US power or the demise of US hegemony, the...

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Will ex-Japan PM Abe be Judged as a Survivor that Drifted with the Tides?

19.09.20 Publication:

Historians are divided by one quite fundamental debate. One school, who believe in what is often known as “the great man theory of history” holds that...

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Japan Society Chairman’s Blog – 18

18.09.20

I have to begin with a confession. In the blog that I wrote on August 31st, perhaps still feeling overly relaxed thanks to the summer, I said something foolish...

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Decoupling

09.09.20 Publication:

The Covid-19 pandemic crisis has combined forces with the already ongoing clash between the United States and China about trade and technology to give new...

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Lessons from Abe for Europe

29.08.20 Publication:

All political careers end in failure. That saying, by a famous British Conservative politician of the 1970s, Enoch Powell, applies especially to those...

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Review : The Iconoclast – Shinzo Abe & the New Japan

29.08.20

With Abe Shinzo’s sudden resignation as prime minister, again on health grounds as after his first short period in office in 2007, it is right to ask what...

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The Japan Shinzo Abe has left Behind

28.08.20 Publication:

DUBLIN – Shinzo Abe’s sudden resignation (on health grounds) ends the tenure of Japan’s longest-serving prime minister. The country’s most...

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Italy Recovery

15.08.20 Publication:

One of the great paradoxes of the covid-19 crisis is this: the United Kingdom, where a charismatic prime minister, Boris Johnson, recently won a powerful...

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Japan Society Chairman’s Blog – 15

24.07.20

Historians will tell us that four months is far too short a time for permanent social or behavioural changes to occur, even if the pandemic already feels as if...

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Japan Society: Webinar Series 13: The Pandemic and its Impact on Gender Equality in Japan and the UK

22.07.20

  Japan Society: Webinar Series 13: The Pandemic and its Impact on Gender Equality in Japan and the UK with Yoriko Goto and Heather...

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Bolton’s Trump Tell-All Book

05.07.20 Publication:

After nearly three and a half years in office, we all know far more about how the Trump administration functions or doesn’t function than we knew about most...

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Time to Face China Together

05.07.20 Publication:

In June 1989 China used tanks and bullets to impose its will on young protestors in and around Tiananmen Square in Beijing, killing thousands. In July 2020...

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Japan Society Chairman’s Blog – 14

03.07.20

As a boy I was always more interested in subjects like history and geography than in science, but for some reason I have always remembered watching Professor...

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Japan Society: Webinar Series 12: The View from the Korean Peninsula

02.07.20

The View from the Korean Peninsula with Chung Minlee and John...

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Japan Society Chairman’s Blog – 13

26.06.20

In a week when pleasure at the prospect of returning to something closer to normal life has been balanced by concern about crowded beaches and a stubborn...

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Japan Society: Webinar Series 11: The Future of Travel & Tourism in a Post COVID-19 World

19.06.20

The Future of Travel and Tourism in a Post COVID-19 World with David Atkinson, Timothy Jenkins and Martin...

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Japan Society Chairman’s Blog – 12

19.06.20

The news, from this week’s webinar, that in the year when our speaker and Japan Society veteran Martin Barrow first visited Japan in 1964 the country...

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Japan Society Chairman’s Blog – 11

12.06.20

If recent events have taught us anything, it is that in these British Isles we are rather nicer to our famous past writers than we are to the historical...

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Japan Society: Webinar Series 10: International Financial Centres: the Future for London and Tokyo

11.06.20

International Financial Centres: the Future for London and Tokyo with Michael Mainelli and Hiroshi...

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Work and Covid

10.06.20 Publication:

It is the question every business and every policy maker is asking themselves: among the many changes forced on us and on society by the covid-19 pandemic,...

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Japan Society Chairman’s Blog – 10

05.06.20

In cricket, that English national sport that arrived in Meiji Japan a good decade before baseball but sadly was superseded, there is a saying called “the...

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