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Public Trust in Political Leadership Key in Responses to COVID-19 Pandemic

24.05.20 Publication:

Last December, the government of my country, the UK, looked supremely powerful and confident. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party had just...

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Japan Society Chairman’s Blog – 8

22.05.20

Vladimir Lenin, the former exile in London whom your chairman has at times been accused of resembling, was a fine provider of useful quotations. One of the...

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Japan Society Chairman’s Blog – 7

15.05.20

One enjoyable memory from my time when posted to Tokyo is of a weekend visit in what I think must have been 1985 to Ito-shi, out on the Izu peninsula, for the...

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Japan Society: Webinar Series 6: What We Know Now: Medical Science and the Response to COVID-19

12.05.20

What We Know Now: Medical Science and the Response to COVID-19 with Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa and Dr. Peter...

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Japan Society Chairman’s Blog – 6

08.05.20

Whenever I visit a city abroad, whether for work or for pleasure, I look out for smaller, less well-known museums and galleries to drop into. I think this...

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Japan Society: Webinar Series 5: International Responsibilities and the Pandemic

07.05.20

International Responsibilities and the Pandemic with Mark Malloch-Brown and Mami...

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Japan Society: Webinar Series 4: The Political Repercussions of the Pandemic

05.05.20

The Political Repercussions of the Pandemic with Tsutomu Ishiai and John...

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Japan Society Chairman’s Blog – 5

01.05.20

This week took my thoughts back five centuries but also just five months. Last November I participated in a conference about “Japan’s future and role in...

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Japan Society: Webinar Series 3: The Political Economy of the Pandemic

28.04.20

The Political Economy of the Pandemic with Robert Feldman and Robert...

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Japan Society Chairman’s Blog – 4

24.04.20

In most years, given the way England is, we pay remarkably little attention to St George’s Day, despite knowing him as our patron saint and using his flag...

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Japan Society Chairman’s Blog – 3

17.04.20

One of the surprising but also cheering aspects of this strange and difficult period has been how readily we can all be connected with one another, despite...

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The Political Risks of the Pandemic

12.04.20 Publication:

In the middle of a storm, it makes no sense to try to list what damage is going to be done as it rages onwards. We need to concentrate on staying dry and...

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Japan Society: Webinar Series 1: Governments, COVID-19 and the Public Response in the UK and Japan

08.04.20

Governments, COVID-19 and the Public Response in the UK and Japan with Koji Tsuroka and David...

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How Bad Might the 2020 Economic Shock Become?

03.04.20 Publication:

Children often have better instincts than us supposedly experienced adults. In early March, when I was giving a talk to a group of teenage pupils at a school...

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Japan Society Chairman’s Blog – 2

01.04.20 Publication:

In early March, in what now feels like a distant memory, I gave a talk to sixth-formers at a state school in the English countryside, as part of the excellent...

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Toward a 2021 Tokyo Olympics

24.03.20 Publication:

With the global COVID-19 crisis quickly escalating, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has had to accept a hard truth, rightly taking the initiative...

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Covid-19 Virus – How Should Corporations Respond?

16.03.20 Publication:

It is the external economic and business shock that futurists have often warned about, but most of us never expected to actually happen: a new virus causing a...

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Japan Society Chairman’s Blog – 1

01.03.20 Publication:

This is the first of what will be a regular “Chairman’s Blog” for Japan Society members and supporters. I originally thought I would start the blog to...

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Brexit Day

03.02.20 Publication:

Welcome to the great Brexit anti-climax. It was postponed twice last year, Britain went into a kind of political nervous breakdown over it, then held a...

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Xi Virus

01.02.20 Publication:

Just over two years ago my former magazine, The Economist, put President Xi Jinping on its cover and described him as “The world’s most powerful man”....

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Making Brexit banal

31.01.20 Publication:

The true significance of Brexit day is that it is not significant at all – it may be sad or happy, depending on your point of view, but as a moment it has...

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US 2020

19.01.20 Publication:

Every year can be said to be important in the United States of America, for what happens in the world’s most powerful country affects us all. But this...

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Britain Elects the Lesser of Two Evils

14.12.19 Publication:

The British public have chosen the lesser of the two evils that were offered to them in the country’s first December general election since 1923. The result...

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The Paradox of Technological Progress

14.12.19 Publication:

Something strange is going on in our businesses and in the economy as a whole, all over the advanced, industrialised world, and Japan is at the forefront of...

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