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Laurance Allen |
Laurance Allen is editor and publisher of Value News Network.
Florian Coulmas |
Florian Coulmas is Director of the German Institute for Japanese Studies.
Robert Dujarric |
Robert Dujarric is Director, Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies at Temple University Japan Campus in Tokyo.
Japan's Relationship with its Past and Future | 07/26/16
Alexis Dudden, Devin T. Stewart
Prime Minister Abe is the leading member of the small but powerful group Nippon Kaigi, which wants to turn its back on the international community and return to Japanese traditions. It advocates restoring the emperor to the center of power, eradicating equal rights for women, and revising the Constitution. What are its chances of success?
Japan's Politics: A Move toward Nationalism or more of the Status Quo? | 07/14/16
Sheila A. Smith, Devin T. Stewart
Was Prime Minister Abe's landslide victory in the July elections a vote of confidence in his ability to jump-start Japan's stagnant economy, or simply a desire for stability? Will he use his majority to revise Japan's constitution? What is the mood of the country today, especially among young people? Find out from Japan scholar Sheila Smith.
Carnegie Council Asia Dialogues Program Appoints Pacific Delegates for Tokyo Fact-Finding Trip on Gender Issues | 06/17/16
In November 2016, Carnegie Council's Asia Dialogues program is leading a week-long fact-finding trip to Tokyo on gender issues. Drawn from a variety of professional, regional, and academic backgrounds, the group of Pacific Delegates has been selected to join this trip, engage in dialogue and research, and publish their findings.
Obama at Hiroshima | 05/23/16
Joel H. Rosenthal
The president's visit to Hiroshima to affirm his commitment to a world without nuclear weapons is no doubt a legacy-burnishing gesture, writes Rosenthal. "Yet there is also a substantial seven-year record to offer up. Channeling Lincoln at Gettysburg, Obama will try to turn a moment of mourning into a rededication to 'unfinished work.'"
Threats and Opportunities on the Korean Peninsula | 05/20/16
Gheewhan Kim, Scott A. Snyder, Sue Mi Terry
"Simply put, North Korea still needs to go a long way to achieve sophisticated levels of mid- to long-range nuclear missiles," declares Consul General Gheewan Kim. In this in-depth discussion, the panelists explore the current situation on the Korean peninsula, the role of China and the U.S., and opportunities for unification of the North and the South.
Reading List and Discussion Questions on Gender and Japan | 05/13/16
Devin T. Stewart
This 10.5-week Asia Dialogues Program reading list with discussion questions explores current issues relating to gender in Japanese society. Issues include: women in the workplace, equal voice in politics, demographic trends, and gender rights.
A Filmmaker's Experience on Leaving Japan | 05/09/16
Kyoko Gasha, Devin T. Stewart
Documentary filmmaker and TV journalist Kyoko Gasha discusses her film "Mothers' Way, Daughters' Choice," which is about Japanese women (like she herself) who remade their lives in New York City. She also talks about the difficulties facing working mothers in Japan, especially the long working hours, and how the culture is beginning to change.
Gender Identity in Japan | 05/03/16
Sonja Pei-Fen Dale, Devin T. Stewart
Sonja Pei-fen Dale teaches at Tokyo's Hitotsubashi University, where she specializes in LGBT gender issues and identities in Japan. In this fascinating conversation about gender and minorities in Japan today, she discusses the term "X-gender," how LGBT individuals are perceived, the social ideal of the traditional family, and much more.
Japan Doesn't Want the U.S. to Apologize for Bombing Hiroshima. Here's Why | 04/29/16
Apologizing for a wartime act generations ago would be as welcome to Japanese political leaders as a cloud of mosquitoes. Carnegie Council Senior Fellow Devin Stewart and others explain why.
Political and Cultural Challenges to Gender Parity in Japan | 04/28/16
Mari Miura, Devin T. Stewart
In the Global Gender Gap Report, Japan usually ranks around 100 out of 140 countries, says Mari Miura, a specialist on gender in Japan. The main reasons are economic--a huge gender pay gap; political--underrepresentation of women in politics; and cultural--traditional gender and family roles. But younger generations are trying to change these paradigms.
Carnegie Council Announces the Appointment of Six Pacific Fellows | 04/26/16
Carnegie Council is pleased to announce the appointment of six Pacific Fellows based in Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The fellowship is part of Carnegie Council's new Asia Dialogues program, which seeks to advance ethical inquiry around contentions within Asia and the United States.
Feminism: The New "F-word" in Japan? | 04/26/16
Natsumi Ikoma, Devin T. Stewart
Senior Fellow Devin Stewart speaks with Natsumi Ikoma, the Center for Gender Studies director, International Christian University, Japan, about the state of feminism in Japanese art, literature, and society. Ikoma, a Carnegie Council Pacific Fellow, describes how women are portrayed in Japanese theater and how female writers are changing public debate.
In Search of a Global Ethic | 04/21/16
Devin T. Stewart
Research in 25 cities in eight countries on five continents shows that norms across cultures may not be so different after all.
Carnegie Council Announces Grant from Henry Luce Foundation for Asia Dialogues Program | 03/22/16
Carnegie Council's new Asia Dialogues Program and its project "Building Pacific Communities" aims to advance ethical inquiry within Asia and the United States. The goal is to foster moral leadership, mutual learning, and lasting relationships across the Pacific.
Gender and Sexuality in Japan | 03/11/16
James Farrer, Devin T. Stewart
Senior Fellow Devin Stewart speaks with sociologist James Farrer (Sophia University, Tokyo) about the changing norms around gender, sexual rights, dating, and marriage in Japan. They also discuss Farrer's advice for researchers interested in Japanese society. Farrer is co-author of "Shanghai Nightscapes: A Nocturnal Biography of A Global City."
Tokyo's Ambition Generation | 02/11/16
Devin T. Stewart
Despite a host of cultural and structural difficulties, Japanese business culture is slowly becoming more welcoming to start-ups, writes Carnegie Council Senior Fellow Devin Stewart in "Foreign Affairs."
Values and the Ethics of International Order | 01/28/16
At a time when U.S. primacy is in doubt, when many are concerned that China might become a global political power, when the threat of radical Islam goes hand in hand with anti-Western attitudes, the question of the right repertoire of values, along with the legitimacy and ethics of the international order, could not be more important.