IIST e-MagazineIIST e-Magazine No.0284
31, October, 2018

The Road to Constitutional Amendment Gets That Much Rockier

Keisuke Yamada
Political Commentator
Jiji Press

It was September 20 in the 8th floor hall in LDP headquarters. When his victory in the LDP presidential elections was announced, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responded to the applause by standing up and raising his right hand, but he said not a word and his expression was stony. He hadn’t been expecting that Ishiba would do so well in the party member vote, so it was also the moment that clouds gathered over the prospects for his proposed constitutional amendments.
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Can Japan Model its Agriculture on the Netherlands?

Hayato Ishii
Senior Feature Writer
Kyodo News

The Netherlands has made active use of IT and AI to boost the value of its agricultural exports, becoming the world’s second largest exporter of agricultural products after the United States. The Abe administration is seeking structural reform of Japan’s agricultural sector based on the Dutch model, but could there be some blind spots in that pursuit? Here I consider what Japan should learn from the Dutch, drawing on my own observations from a visit to the Netherlands.
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International Educators to Japan (IEJ) Program 2018 (2)
Embracing Japan

LaShia Brooks
Teacher, English to Students of Other Languages (ESOL)
Fernbank Elementary School (Georgia, US)

From June 24 through July 5, 2018, IIST held the International Educators to Japan (IEJ) program to invite to Japan teachers and education-related personnel from the Western countries who are involved in education of Japanese students abroad. Following the previous issue, one of the participants gives her program report.
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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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