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Only Patriots Can Respect Other Countries

Ousmane Sankhon was a diplomat when his cheerful character on Waratte Iitomo! gained him great popularity. Devoted to communication between Japan and his home country of Guinea, he received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays in spring of this year. Toshio Motoya spoke with Sankhon about how Japan should interact with […]

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Young People Should Learn Many Things from Experienced Elders

The Republic of Honduras is home to abundant nature including vast forests and the world’s second-largest coral reef, as well as ruins from the prosperous Maya civilization and other ancient historic sites. Toshio Motoya spoke with Charge d’Affaires ad Interim Carlos Onan Mendoza Tovar about Honduras’ trade policy efforts and the development of transport routes […]

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Japan has Finally Begun Breaking Free of the Postwar Regime

Member of the House of Councillors Seiichi Eto started his political career 27 years ago as a city council member before becoming involved in national politics. He has served as special advisor to the prime minister since the founding of the second Shinzo Abe administration. Eto has had a consistently conservative ideology from his student […]

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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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