IIST e-MagazineIIST e-Magazine No.0259
September 30, 2016

How Secure is Abe’s Dominance?
Tenure extension to be a touchstone

Keisuke Yamada
Political Correspondent
Jiji Press

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s political dominance has become a given in Japan. When he first came to power in December 2012, there were suggestions that his administration might not last, but he has continued to steer a steady ship thanks to strong Cabinet support ratings.
Since the recent upper house elections, however, the situation has been slowly changing.
Will Abe be able to maintain his rock-solid hold on government in the time ahead?

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Accelerating Disaster Recovery with Tourism
Affected areas struggle with fading memories and reputational damage

Yasushi Kobayakawa
Editorial Division
Jiji Press Sendai Branch

Five and a half years since the Great East Japan Earthquake, rebuilding stressed local economies is a key issue. Public interest is dwindling as memory of the event fades, but the reputational damage caused by the nuclear power plant accident has proven deep-rooted. Around Tohoku, resources are being channeled into tourism as a way of accelerating the recovery process.
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First Steps Taken toward Making Japan a World Leader in
Constructive Company-Investor Dialogue
Reform of AGM process begins

Daiki Hanamura
Corporate Accounting, Disclosure and CSR Policy Office
Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

Strengthening corporate governance reform through constructive dialogue between companies and institutional investors is a priority issue in realizing the growth strategy component which is the so-called “third arrow” of Abenomics.

This article draws on the latest data to trace the steady progress which companies have made in their efforts to promote dialogue, and also looks ahead to the future.
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2016 International Educators to Japan (IEJ) Program

Victor M. Raga
Raba Elementary
San Antonio, TX, USA

The Institute for International Studies and Training held the International Educators to Japan (IEJ) program over 19 June-30 June 2016. The aim of this program is to bring educators from Europe and the US who are involved in the education of Japanese schoolchildren to Japan to experience the Japanese education environment, as well as Japanese history and culture, so that they can utilize that experience back in their own teaching environments.
Here one of the 29 educators participating in this year’s program, Mr. Victor M. Raga, Principal of Raba Elementary School from San Antonio, gives his impressions of the program.
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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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