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Reviving the Extended Family Would Reduce Social Welfare Spending

Hiromi Mitsubayashi was born into a political family; his grandfather was a town mayor and his father and older brother were members of the House of Representatives. He became a physician and even worked as a university professor before entering the world of politics as a House of Representatives member. Drawing on his expertise as […]

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A Close Japan-U.S. Relationship Ensures Peace in East Asia

OBISCO Associates Managing Director Joe O’Brien is an international management consultant based in Little Rock, Arkansas. Toshio Motoya, APA Group CEO, spoke with O’Brien about circumstances leading to Donald J. Trump’s presidency and the potential for future strategic developments in East Asia.

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Japan Should Strive for its “Second Foundation” in 2017, 150 Years After the Start of the Meiji Period

Entrepreneur James Nicholas Papatones, a former practicing small business and litigation attorney who does business in Japan focused on English-language Global Skills Training and education, previously attended a conference organized by the White House during the Ronald Reagan administration. Toshio Motoya spoke with Papatones about the Japanese-American relationship during the Donald J. Trump presidency and […]

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Japan’s Significance is Growing in the Trump Era

H.E. Kais Darragi is the ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tunisia, a popular tourist destination. After the Zine El Abidine Ben Ali administration was toppled in the Jasmine Revolution of 2010, the citizens have served a central role in making Tunisia into a democratic nation. Toshio Motoya spoke with Darragi about Tunisia’s […]

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Trump’s Presidency is an Opportunity for Constitutional Reform

Member of the House of Councillors Satsuki Katayama is a politician with a conservative viewpoint and reliable, practical skills as well as ample bureaucratic experience in the Ministry of Finance. She also devotes efforts to disaster preparedness as acting chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party’s Policy Research Council. Toshio Motoya spoke with Katayama about the […]

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Young People Will Build the Future

Even among the African countries undergoing striking growth, the Republic of Togo has contributed to arbitrating various conflicts in Africa and has gained an increased presence due to its political stability. Toshio Motoya asked many questions about Togo of Afognon Kouakou Sedaminou, the chargé d’affaires ad interim who just arrived in Japan this August.

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Only Corporations That Can Handle Societal Changes Survive

Isao Tsukamoto left Kanazawa and went to Tokyo, where he founded a company in Akihabara at the age of 24 and developed it into a corporation that is listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange with an annual turnover of 250 billion yen. In this industry, it is said that only 200 […]

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Enhancing Economic and Diplomatic Strength Based on Solid Defense Capabilities

Member of the House of Representatives Masahiro Imamura devoted himself despite personal risk to the privatization of Japan National Railways and has continually maintained his convictions after becoming a member of the National Diet. Imamura is also working for reconstruction after the Great East Japan Earthquake and became a member of the Cabinet for the […]

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Nations Should Use Their Own Wisdom and Power for Self-defense

Turkmenistan gained independence in 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and became a permanently neutral country with the approval of the United Nations General Assembly in 1995. Toshio Motoya spoke with Dr. Gurbanmammet Elyasov, the Turkmen ambassador to Japan, about topics that provide useful information for Japan’s future. These include the sightseeing attractions, […]

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