Japan Now Back Issues 2001

Japan Now is a newsletter of current topics in Japanese politics, economy, society as well as Japan-related information from around the US. While the publication is currently online, up until 2005, it was a print newsletter. Copies of most back issues between 1999 to 2005 are available in PDF files.

Japan Now

January 2001

Table of Contents

  • News Digest: Auto talks; Transnational crime; ASEM meeting; Oshima's U.N. post; China talks.
  • Business Watch: Aviation demand in Japan in expected to soar in coming decades.
  • New budget adopted.
  • Trends in Japan: New study-tours catch on with young working women; More robot fever.
  • Viewpoint: Do locally-controlled schools promote democracy? That was debated in Japan.
  • Battle of Sekigahara: Epic battle 400 years ago defined Japan for centuries.
  • Beyond Differences: Do Japanese act in certain ways depending on the social context?
  • Boom in Green Tea: Changing tastes, health craze, make the drink a hit.

Japan Now

February 2001

Table of Contents

  • Prime Minister, President Bush Pledge Enhanced Cooperation
  • News Digest: First African trip; Kono on Gulf cooperation; WTO chief in Tokyo; Aid for India quake; "Human Security" commission.
  • Condolences for sea tragedy.
  • Reinventing government: New structure to streamline the system.
  • Convening the new "Diet of Reform."
  • High Tech Watch: New functions abound on cell phones; fixed-line internet; GPS for wheelchairs.
  • Viewpoint: Japan's influence on Frank Lloyd Wright.
  • Cultural Heritage adds Okinawa: Honoring the castles, shrines and temples of the ancient Ryukyu Kingdom.
  • "Coming of Age Day" 2001
  • Beyond Differences: Flutist Yoko Owada's unique sound.
  • Moving to the Majors: Baseball stars move to majors.

Japan Now

March 2001

Table of Contents

  • Mori-Bush Summit Aims to Strengthen Alliance
  • News Digest: Japan-Russia summit; Afghanistan; Millennium Forum; youth exchange; Israel; conflict prevention.
  • Economy up last quarter.
  • Business Watch: Many of America's top firms are not dissuaded from investing in Japan.
  • Baker named Ambassador
  • Trends in Japan: Ancient Kyoto goes high-tech; Universal Studio's first overseas park.
  • Viewpoint: Cooperation in biomedical research has flourished for over a century.
  • First Mapping of Japan: Pioneer geographer travel over 27,000 miles gathering data.
  • Akebono Says Goodbye
  • Beyond Differences: Yoko Owada creates a special kind of music from "deep inside."
  • "Voice Acting Craze:" "Dubbing" as a road to stardom.

Japan Now

April/May 2001

Table of Contents

  • Prime Minister Koizumi Off to a Fast Start
  • New Government Formed:A new "revolutionary" cabinet promises to carry out the battle for bold reforms.
  • Keynote address to Diet: Prime Minister spells out his domestic plans and foreign policy goals.
  • Bilateral Exchanges Begin: Talks start quickly on financial, defense and environmental matters.
  • Akihabara, "electric" district: The mecca of high-tech gadgets adjusts with the times; What's hot on the net.
  • Viewpoint: The brewing of sake is a fine art.
  • Mystery of Horyuji's age: Nara temple may be older than thought.
  • World Cup Tickets on Sale.
  • Beyond Differences: Japan had a surprisingly large impact on a jaded Victorian America.
  • Traditional Music Revival: School instruction spurs new interest.

Japan Now

June 2001

Table of Contents

  • Prime Minister Koizumi Meets President Bush: June 30, 2001 at Camp David.
  • New Government Actions: The Koizumi cabinet moves on many fronts in its ambitious reform program.
  • News Digest: Future of Asia conferences; Tanaka to China; Korea; Cambodia aid.
  • Prime Minister's Online Success
  • Science Watch: Hopes for a fuel-cell driven future; search for an Alzheimer's cure.
  • Viewpoint: Women are putting on the chef's hat.
  • Jump Rope Goes Big Time. Not just a kid's game anymore; this is becoming a major sport.
  • Sport Shorts
  • Beyond Differences "Japan Idea" captivated 1870's America.
  • Key to a Long Life: Brand-name imports soar; the Okinawa Program to a healthy life.

Japan Now

July/August 2001

Table of Contents

  • 50 Years of Partnership Bring Peace, Prosperity: September 8 marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the San Francisco Peace Treaty
  • Working on Many Issues: The Japan-U.S. Security Alliance has assured regional stability.
  • Japan Scores High in U.S. Poll
  • Cooperation on Global Issues: Japan and the U.S. further expand their cooperation.
  • Economic Relations: Both nations share a responsibility to address global growth and prosperity.
  • Key Events: In the Japan-U.S. 50-Year partnership.
  • Viewpoint: The evolution of the Japanese home.
  • Trends in Japan: 16-year-old in F1; high-tech swim meet; career choices; summer hit movie.
  • Beyond Differences 1880's modernism and the "Japan Craze."
  • September a Busy Month: Disaster prevention; Nihyaku Toka Festival; Equinox; Respect-for-the-aged Day.

Japan Now

September/October 2001

Table of Contents

  • Japan's Solidarity with the American People: Outrage at Terrorist Attacks as Japan Pledges Support
  • Japan Takes Immediate Steps: The Prime Minister presents a seven-point package to help the global coalition.
  • Partnership Renewed: On the 50th Anniversary of the Japan-U.S. Peace Treaty, a new pact is signed.
  • News Digest: Partners with Philippines; anti-racism; China in WTO; U.N. in Kobe.
  • Viewpoint: An academic's observations on four decades of working in Japan.
  • Beyond Differences: As fast as it started, the Victorian Age "Japan Craze" came to an end.
  • Trends in Japan: HIIA launch is a success.
  • Ambassador Yanai's Message: After two years, the veteran diplomat sums up the state of Japan-U.S. relations.

Japan Now

November 2001

Table of Contents

  • Japan Sends Ships to Support Coalition Pressing Anti-terror Measures: The nation is moving on many fronts to do its share in the international effort.
  • Basic Plan in Place The Ambassador sees Japan and the U.S. cooperating on many key fronts.
  • Shunji Yanai, veteran diplomat:
  • Koizumi-Bush Meet in Shanghai
  • Science Watch: A Nobel Laureate in chemistry; major advances are made in robotics.
  • Viewpoint: A unique train wanders through Tokyo.
  • Trends in Japan: Ginza, Shibuya get an urban makeover.
  • Beyond Differences:Ink painting, or sumi-e, is mastering the art of the artless.
  • Eulogizing Ambassador Mansfield
  • Beyond Differences: The kimono's design was once thought of as an elaborate art form.
  • Sports Watch: FIFA gives World Cup preparations a thumbs up; Koizumi and Ichiro chat.

Japan Now

December 2001/January 2002

Table of Contents

  • Ambassador Kato's New Year's Message
  • Taking Expeditious Steps: Japan has moved quickly to lend support to the international war on terror.
  • Joy Greets New Princess.
  • Tokyo Conference Pledges Billions in Afghan Aid.
  • Library of Congress Shows a Treasure Trove of Japanese Art.
  • Trends in Japan: New High-tech Theme Park in Tokyo First of its Kind; Graduates Want Work; Marriage.
  • Eulogizing Ambassador Mansfield
  • Beyond Differences: The Kimono Changed Along with the Nation's Ruling Culture.
  • Ando Honored; Honma's Tribute to 9/11.