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    Japan can benefit from Pacific TPP

    News, Yuriko Koike, Published on 02/11/2015

    » On Oct 5, after years of exhausting -- and exhaustive -- haggling, a dozen Pacific Rim countries finally signed up to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an agreement that promises everything from more trade to a cleaner environment. The negotiations were such that the hair of Akira Amari, Japan's economic and fiscal policy minister, turned completely grey. His solace, however, is that the TPP will prove to be a key foundation stone of the "Asian Century".

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    Will the Asian century meet an early end?

    News, Yuriko Koike, Published on 27/09/2015

    » The British Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm once called the epoch stretching from the French Revolution of 1789 to World War I’s outbreak in 1914 as the “long 19th century”. A little over a decade ago, people began to speculate about an emerging “Asian century”, driven by an unstoppable China and enabled by America’s supposed inevitable decline.

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    Time to accept Japan at its word

    News, Yuriko Koike, Published on 12/08/2015

    » In recent years, the number of tourists visiting Japan has been increasing rapidly, reaching a record 13.4 million last year, a 29% increase from 2013. Japan seems to be making great strides toward its goal of recapturing the position as an Asian cultural centre that it held a century ago, when the Indian Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore lived in Tokyo. Chinese revolutionary leaders Sun Yat-sen and Chiang Kai-shek, along with many other prominent Asians, moved there as well. 

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