At the World Economic Forum held in Davos on January 26th, Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko stated that he was determined to steer his country on a path of administrative, fiscal and social reform destined to redress Japan’s financial situation; and he asserted that the Japanese economy was recovering from the 11 March 2011 Fukushima disaster. Thus, many events reported recently in the country’s news media indicate the need for structural reforms that could significantly modify Japan’s economic and social profile in the next few years.
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The Olympus affair and the limitations of the Japanese model of corporate governance (Adrienne Sala)
The metropolitan project of Hashimoto Tôru, the new mayor of Ôsaka (Arnaud Grivaud, in collaboration with Sophie Buhnik)
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Tarô Jimbô, “Media Assessments: what the national press expects from joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership” (Media Hihyô: Zenkokushi “taibô” no TPP sanka), Sekai (translated from the Japanese by César Castellvi)
“Getting over an outdated conflict between the governing majority and the opposition, in order to face the United States, China, and Russia on an equal footing”, Chûô Kôron (translated from the Japanese by Yann Favennec)