Japan

Japan after Shinzo Abe (II): the new leader
Asia, Japan

Japan after Shinzo Abe (II): the new leader

Prime Minister of Japan - Yoshihide Suga No artigo "Japan after Shinzo Abe" (02/09/20), I referred to Shinzo Abe's unexpected resignation as Prime Minister of Japan, in 28 last august. Now, I would like to discuss with your friends the question of your succession. As I mentioned earlier, with the end of the term Abe, that lasted eight years, the longest cycle of stability in contemporary Japan's governance has ended; a lot due to your leadership, that sought to print its personal brand in the management, especially with regard to two fundamental themes. The first was his effort - frustrated - to review the stony rigidity of Article 9, of the Constitution of 1947, - to "pacifist" - outlined by World War II winners in the nuclear debris of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a...
Japan after Shinzo Abe
Asia, Japan

Japan after Shinzo Abe

The sudden resignation, allegedly for health reasons, of Shinzo Abe as Prime Minister of Japan, in day 28 last august, before the end of his term, ends a long period in which the country sought to reposition itself in the East Asia region and rediscover its protagonism throughout much of the second half of the last century until the meteoric rise of neighboring China posed practically unreachable challenges for the Japanese government and society, finally snatching from the country the second place among the largest economies on the planet. Abe-san's personal history is confused with that of post-war Japan. He is the heir to a long and influential line of politicians. Your maternal grandfather, Nobusuke Kish, became known for the brutal way ...
Authoritarianism: the double-edged sword of Southeast Asia
Asia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam

Authoritarianism: the double-edged sword of Southeast Asia

PAD Demonstration. Sukhumvit Road. Bangkok. 20th October 2008. The word diversity can define Southeast Asia. There are so many dialects, ethnicities, peoples and religions in just 4.100.000 km², that the uniqueness of the region and the entire subcontinent becomes consensual. A China de Mao Zedong, is a pattern that is repeated today in Southeast Asia, when the authoritarian government took the first steps to eradicate poverty and homogenize the population creating the mainstays of contemporary China. The process was driven by Deng Xiaoping, in 1979, when starting the opening of the country to the world. Like a mirror, the southeast asia, marked by such culturally different countries has been converging in an intriguing pattern: fragile democracies, authoritarian governments and the general development of ...
Japan and the threat of the Chinese Dragon
China, Japan

Japan and the threat of the Chinese Dragon

Map highlighting China and Japan The website “Political Connection” published a story at the end of last month about the growing mobilization of the Japanese to untie the dependence of their trade on the Chinese. This deserves careful thought.. According to the report, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proposed “to build an economy less dependent on a country, a China, so that Japan can better avoid supply chain disruptions ”. The latest alibi is Covid19: Tóquio acusa Pequim, like several other countries, by the way, to “manipulate” the pandemic to consolidate its hegemony over world trade, “Monitoring”, for example, the sale and shipping of respirators - a sector that dominates internationally - and assistance to other countries based on their (still) perceived success in lu ...
Confucius and the Corona Virus
China, South Korea, Spain, U.S, Europe, Italy, Japan

Confucius and the Corona Virus

A man stands in a nearly empty street during the Chinese New Year holiday this week in Beijing, China. Getty Images Polemizando... Tempos bicudos os nossos, de controvérsias, “fake news”, antagonismos e, about everything, de muita incompreensão. Trancado em casa, li a matéria – “Uma guerra global” - que o cronista Lourival Sant´ Anna publicou no Estadão do dia 29/03 a respeito das divisões entre os países quanto às diferentes maneiras pelas quais eles estão enfrentando a tragédia. Ele fez a seguinte observação sobre como o leste da Ásia está conseguindo curvar a epidemia mais rapidamente que o Ocidente: “...não foi preciso obrigar a nada: o bom senso prevaleceu na população e seus líderes religiosos, que não resistiram a suspender suas atividades”... Por que isto está acontecendo? Es...
O jantar do “filho do Sol” com Amaterasu
Japan

O jantar dofilho do Solcom Amaterasu

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1042/6996/articles/Amaterasu-Omikami_800x.jpg?v=1566968228 Dia 14 de novembro o Imperador Naruhito completou o ritual de sua ascensão ao Trono do Crisântemo do Japão, substituindo o seu pai, Akihito. Ele passou a noite isolado numa casa de madeira degustando pratos de cada uma das regiões do país; simbolicamente ele estava jantando com a sua ancestral, Amaterasu, a “deusa filha do Sol”. Segundo a tradição, Naruhito é o 126º descendente do mitológico fundador do Império do Sol Nascente, o Imperador Jimmu, que teria vivido no século VI a.C. Jimmu é considerado o descendente direto da deusa. However, o registro histórico da dinastia remonta ao Imperador Ojin, que teria reinado no início do século V. A monarquia japonesa é a mais antiga - em continui...
Society 5.0: Japanese population decline and robotics
Studies, Japan

Society 5.0: Japanese population decline and robotics

· The factors that led to the reduction of the population The Japanese population in 2009 reached its highest number of population. It reached 127,340,884 million; since thenstenumber decreasing. After only ten years, 2019 already presents a fall population of approximately 2 millions of people. This causes a great impact on the economy and society as a whole, due to population reduction economically active and the consequent reduction of labor, and the increase in elderly population. Former Minister of Health, Katsunobu Kato, announced that in 2017 only 946,060 children were born, or less registered number since 1899. In contrast, 1.340.433 Japanese passed away. O escritório de estatísticas do Japão estima que a população diminuirá para 100 millions, ...
The beginning of the uncertain world
Americas, Brazil, China, U.S, India, Japan, Russia, Venezuela

The beginning of the uncertain world

Since the end of World War II, the world has been building a system with a multilateral profile. Starting with the Bretton Woods Institutions (International Monetary Fund - IMF; International Bank for Reconstruction and Development - BIRD; and International Trade Organization - OIC, soon replaced by the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade - GATT), what we saw was the creation of several international organizations and treaties capable of guiding the behavior of international actors in the most diverse areas. The peak of this movement occurred in the 1990, period in which there was a series of international conferences and treaties. Inaugurated by ECO-92, cases were treated like women, home, human rights. These conferences showed the world that cooperation could i ...
Bravo mundo idoso
Japan

Bravo mundo idoso

Um dos temas que tem-nos mobilizado ultimamente, aqui no Brasil, até pelas questões complexas vinculadas à previdência social, é a questão do envelhecimento da população. Pois bem, o Japão encontrou uma possível (?) saída: a robótica e seus "pimpolhos", os robôs, que passarão a ocupar o lugar de trabalhadores nas empresas, e até nos lares, suprindo a carência de humanos... Desumano?...ou uma solução ousada para fazer frente a uma realidade quase inelutável? Senão analisemos a curva do crescimento da população japonesa neste último século: in 1950, logo após a II Guerra, a parte maior da pirâmide etária se situava na faixa de zero a 20 years; in 2005 os dois maiores segmentos etários ficavam na faixa de entre 35 e 60 years; e a projeção para 2055 é que a maioria dos japoneses terá entre 6...
Donald Trump e Ásia: um fiasco?
China, South Korea, Japan

Donald Trump e Ásia: um fiasco?

Donald Trump acaba de retornar de um périplo de doze dias pela Ásia, onde procurou alicerçar as alianças com alguns líderes de países asiáticos. Escolheu aqueles com os quais as agendas bilaterais tornaram-se mais complexas desde sua posse, começando pelo Japão, continuando pela Coreia do Sul e pela China. Para coroar, participou da Reunião de Cúpula do "Forum de Cooperação Econômica Ásia-Pacífico"/APEC, em Da Nang, no Vietnã. (more…)