January 16, 2013

Japan's Suicide Problem

John Traphagan, The Diplomat

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For the last fourteen years at least 30,000 Japanese have killed themselves annually. Why?

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January 15, 2013
Quickest Way to Kill the 'Asian Century'
Robert Manning, Yale Global
  It may be Asia's 21st century equivalent of the assassination of Austria's Archduke Ferdinand that sparked World War I. Growing tensions over territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas threaten to disrupt the... more ››
January 15, 2013
What if Japan Got Its Act Together?
Robert Dujarric, Foreign Policy
On Jan. 10, Japan's new government unveiled a $117 billion stimulus package, meant to jumpstart an economy that long ago ran out of gas. Japan's economy has been stuck in what its people call the "lost decades" since the early... more ››
January 14, 2013
Japan's Menacing Infrastructure
Sentaku Magazine
Besides tunnels, other structures and facilities such as expressways, ordinary highways and bridges as well as railways, city water facilities and sewerage are in a state of extreme decay as they near the limits of the useful... more ››
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Japan Turns to Southeast Asia
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The Japanese are increasingly viewing Southeast Asia as an attractive site for major manufacturing facilities. Production costs are increasingly competitive with China's, where Japan's trade dropped off last year largely as a... more ››
January 16, 2013
Japan Readies New 'Abe Doctrine'
C. Raja Mohan, Indian Express
Abe’s emphasis is likely to be on developing strategic economic relations with the region amidst China’s emergence as the largest trading partner for most nations in southeast Asia. As deteriorating relations with... more ››