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This Japanese experiment shows how easily coronavirus can spread – and what you can do about it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content Microdroplets less than 100th of millimetre in size may spread the coronavirus. Research in Japan shows microdroplets can remain in the air for 20 minutes in enclosed spaces. Opening a window or […]

How can we prepare for the post-coronavirus era? A view from Japan

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ryan Takeshita, Editor-in-Chief, HuffPost Japan In a survey of more than 10,000 Japanese business, more than 63% projected that COVID-19 would have a “negative impact on their business performance”; But going online and remote working is creating opportunities […]

COVID-19 outbreak: Commission supports repatriation of EU citizens from cruise ship in Japan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU is co-financing the repatriation of EU citizens from the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan, thanks to flights from Italy mobilised through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. “The outbreak of this epidemic is full of human stories. We must not […]

How Japan and Singapore are reinventing old age

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Pang Sze-Yunn, Head, Population Health Management, ASEAN Pacific, Royal Philips & Yvonne Arivalagan, Research Associate, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy A new demographic dividend – the “longevity dividend” – is emerging as populations age; Singapore, one […]

This Japanese politician is making history – by taking paternity leave

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content A Japanese politician has caused a social media storm by announcing he would take parental leave. Only 3% of dads in Japan take time off when their children are born. Unless couples […]

Trade: First year of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement shows growth in EU exports

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. 1 February 2020 marks the first anniversary of the entry into force of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). In the first ten months following the implementation of the agreement, EU exports to Japan went up by 6.6% compared to the same period the […]

A roadmap for repairing rural mobility in Japan – and beyond

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Masafumi Kawasaki, Manager, McKinsey & Company Outside its cities, Japan’s public transport system is in decline. Rural mobility is crucial to quality of life for many Japanese, especially odler generations. A new set of principles for rural mobility […]

This Japanese concept will help you see the world – and learn – in a different way

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content Japan will once again be in the spotlight this weekend as it hosts the final of the Rugby World Cup. The players on the pitch in Yokohama may unconsciously adopt it each time […]

UN chief praises Japanese climate resilience, as Typhoon Hagibis cleanup begins

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. With Typhoon Hagibis causing destruction and loss of life in Japan, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has praised the leadership role the country is playing in climate resilience, and its “extensive and efficient preparation for this latest extreme weather event”. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) […]

The Japanese have a word to help them be less wasteful – ‘mottainai’

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content The Japanese have a word for the sense of regret they feel when something valuable is wasted: ‘mottainai’ (もったいない). It can be translated as “don’t waste anything worthy” or “what a waste”, and […]

EU and Japan select first Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Programmes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has announced the results of the call for proposals for Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Partnerships with Japan launched in October 2018. Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, said: “In July 2018, I had the pleasure of launching the EU-Japan high-level policy dialogue on […]

This Japanese TV show about work-life balance is a big hit – here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content The first series of Japanese network TBS’s Watashi, Teiji de Kaerimasu (“I Will Not Work Overtime, Period!”) ended in June, having built up a firm following on social media: 74,000 Twitter followers and 93,000 […]

Japan must urgently address long-standing concerns over foreign bribery enforcement

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Japan must step up enforcement of its foreign bribery laws and strengthen the capacities of its law enforcement agencies to proactively detect, investigate and prosecute the foreign bribery offence, according to a new report by the OECD Working Group on Bribery. According to the Working Group, […]

Create conditions for ‘harmony between humankind and nature’, UN chief says on sidelines of G20 in Japan

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The world needs to create conditions for “harmony between humankind and nature”, Secretary-General António Guterres said in Osaka, Japan, during a meeting on Saturday with the Foreign Ministers of China and France, on the margins of the G20 summit. “We need to rescue the […]

OECD joins with Japan to fight financial crime by establishing new academy

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and Japan’s Minister of Finance Taro Aso presided today over a signing ceremony to establish a new centre of the OECD International Academy for Tax Crime Investigation in Wako, Japan. The signing, which took place in the margins of the meeting of […]

Japan’s agro-food sector would benefit greatly from policies to boost innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainable resource use

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Japan’s agriculture sector has traditionally been characterised by small-scale rice production, but has recently begun to respond to new market opportunities for higher value food products across a rapidly growing East Asia. Today, rice represents less than 20% of the value of agriculture production, and larger, […]

How Japan can take the lead with an ageing workforce

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Makiko Eda, Chief Representative Officer, World Economic Forum Japan, Member of the Executive Committee Japan, like many countries around the world, faces the transformative effects of Globalization 4.0, as Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies put pressure on existing economic and […]

6 charts that show how Japan’s economy stacks up as it enters a new era

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content Japan has entered a new era: following the abdication of his father, Emperor Akihito, Emperor Naruhito has ascended to the throne. He may have no political power under the Japanese constitution, but […]

This Japanese town has banned urban sprawl

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content Waves of up to 50 feet virtually wiped the Japanese port town of Onagawa off the map in 2011. At a magnitude of 9.0, Japan’s largest-ever quake and resulting tsunami killed 16,000 people and destroyed 122,000 […]

Main results of EU-Japan summit which took place on 25/04/2019 in Brussels

This article is brought to you in association with the European Council. Main results EU and Japanese leaders reviewed the implementation of the EU-Japan free trade agreement. This is one of the greatest achievements in EU-Japan relations. “Our bond was further deepened by the entry into force of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement, the largest trade […]

Japan’s holiest shrine is pulled down and rebuilt every 20 years – on purpose

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content Shinto is Japan’s indigenous religion, blending formal, elaborate ceremonial practices from the imperial tradition with local, community-based beliefs. Followers of Shintoism worship their ancestors and regard them as the guardians of the family. […]

Japan’s population is shrinking by a quarter of a million people every year

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer, Formative Content How do you stop your country’s population shrinking? While some obvious suggestions may spring to mind, coming up with policy responses is not often simple. Nowhere is this felt more acutely than in […]

Further reforms in Japan needed to meet the challenges of population ageing and high public debt

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. The Japanese economy is undergoing the longest expansion in its post-war history, marked by strong job creation and business investment. Government policy must overcome the intertwined challenges posed by rapid population ageing and high government debt to ensure sustainable and inclusive growth for future generations, according […]

How Japan became the world leader in floating solar power

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content How do you increase your solar energy output when you need all your land for agriculture and for housing? Answer: take to the water. That’s just what they are doing in Japan. The […]

In Japan, if you’re 76 you’re biologically 65

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Beale People experience the health problems of the average 65-year-old at different ages around the world, with citizens in some countries suffering them 30 years earlier than in others. Japan and Switzerland have the healthiest ageing people, […]

Japan’s workforce will be 20% smaller by 2040

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content As many as 12 million Japanese people may disappear from the country’s workforce by 2040, according to official estimates. That’s a fall of around 20%. Japan’s shrinking working-age population is a demographic timebomb. […]

EU-Japan trade agreement enters into force

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and Japan enters into force on 1 February 2019. Businesses and consumers across Europe and in Japan can now take advantage of the largest open trade zone in the world. President of the European Commission Jean-Claude […]

Japan should reform retirement policies to meet challenge of ageing workforce

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Japan must improve job quality and further reform the mandatory retirement age to address upfront the challenges of its rapidly ageing and shrinking labour force, according to a new OECD report. Working Better with Age: Japan highlights that Japan has the highest old-age dependency ratio of all […]

Parliament endorses landmark EU-Japan free trade agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament gave its consent to the EU’s trade agreement with Japan, the largest bilateral trade deal ever negotiated by the EU. The Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan, approved with 474 votes to 152 with 40 abstentions on Wednesday, will […]

This Japanese company pays its employees to get a good night’s sleep

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content The idea of getting extra pay in return for sleeping sounds crazy, but an upmarket wedding company in Tokyo – called Crazy – is doing just that. The fraught subject of sleep […]

EU-Japan relations: Foreign Affairs MEPs back Strategic Partnership Agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EP’s Foreign Affairs Committee endorsed the new Strategic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan on Wednesday. In addition to the recent landmark EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement freeing up trade, the political accord aims to pave the way for more joint solutions to […]

Trade Committee MEPs give greenlight to landmark EU-Japan trade agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament’s Trade Committee gave its recommendation to approve the EU’s landmark trade agreement with Japan on Monday. The Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan will eventually remove almost all tariffs on goods. It opens up services, including e-commerce, maritime transport, […]

Spain will soon overtake Japan in life expectancy rankings. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content The importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle has long been acknowledged by healthcare professionals as one of the keys to a long and happy life. And for the people of Spain, […]