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In cricket, that English national sport that arrived in Meiji Japan a good decade before baseball but sadly was superseded, there is a saying called “the...

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Japan Society: Webinar Series 9: The Energy Outlook for the Post Pandemic World

04.06.20

The Energy Outlook for the Post Pandemic World with Jun Arima and Nick...

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Why Britons have Lost Trust in Boris

03.06.20 Publication:

To outsiders, it must look like a farce. While the British economy is slumping, the country is moving into huge debt, and it has lost more than 37,000 lives...

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Japan Society Chairman’s Blog – 9

29.05.20

There can be no doubt that the pandemic and associated lockdown has at times been a test for our imaginations, although the idea of taking a nearly 60-mile...

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Japan Society: Webinar Series 8: Work, During and After the Pandemic

28.05.20

Work, During and After the Pandemic with Lynda...

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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: Webinar Series 7: The Effect of the Pandemic on Diplomatic and Commercial Relations with China

21.05.20

The Effect of the Pandemic on Diplomatic and Commercial Relations with China with Kerry Brown and Akio...

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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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