IIST e-MagazineIIST e-Magazine Double Issue No.0257-No.0258
July 29, 2016

Japanese Economy Shakes Off Long Downturn

Yoshihisa Kitai
Chief Economist
Nippon Steel & Sumikin Research Institute Corporation

Japan's exports to resource-rich countries began a steep downward slide in early 2015 even as consumer confidence declined, pushing the economy into a prolonged slump. Now, with exports picking up and consumers feeling more optimistic, the second half of 2016 should see a gradual recovery.
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Series: Regional Revitalization (Part8)
Japan's Most Vibrant Island
Active Young People and Smiling Old People

Hirohito Kakazu
Board of Directors
Supporting Organization for Okinawa New Enterprise Project

Our home, Ishigaki Island, is located at the southernmost tip of Japan. Ishigaki is the political, economic and cultural hub of the Yaeyama Islands, 31 emerald green islands large and small surrounded by beautiful coral reefs in an endless expanse of sea. Blessed with an amazing abundance of nature in Japan's only subtropical marine climate, Ishigaki has such vibrant traditional arts and festivals that it is often called the island of poetry, song and dance.
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Series :The Power of Japan- Small and Medium Enterprises Go Global (Part 1)
Gleaning the Latest Trends and Hints for Successful Globalization
from 10,000 Enquiries on Offshore Expansion

Yuki Kojima
Resorz Co., Ltd

Over the last six years, the overseas business support platform Digima has handled 10,000 enquiries about offshore business expansion. Here I draw on that rich pool of experience to sum up offshore business expansion trends among Japanese firms in FY2015, as well as the major preconditions for offshore expansion.
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The Seventh Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea and the Kim Jong-un Regime

Shunji Hiraiwa
Kwansei Gakuin University

The Kim Jong-un regime came into being in April 2012 following the sudden demise of General Secretary Kim Jong-il in December 2011, but remained fluid on the personnel front, with the purge of Jang Song-thaek-Kim's uncle, who was also viewed as Kim's guardian-leading many to question the stability of the regime.
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* Articles are written by METI officials and specialists, economists, journalists, and experts in various fields. It should be noted, however, that views expressed do not represent the official position of the Japanese government or of IIST.

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