Japan Now Back Issues 2003

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

Winter 2002/2003

Table of Contents

  • The Pyongyang Declaration: In his landmark visit, Koizumi seeks to normalize ties with the enigmatic North.
  • Diplomatic efforts pressed: Normalization, trilateral and other talks take place on a number of fronts.
  • Updating anti-terror measures
  • Viewpoint: The search for a package deal on disarmament and other issues is clouded by a strong domestic reaction over abductees.
  • Chronology of North Korean ties
  • The quality of Afghan peace:Sadako Ogata sees a precedence-breaking reconstruction effort underway there.
  • Beyond Differences: The "King of Japan" in dealing with ancient China, was really a shogun seeking trade.
  • Noble Prizes; new street artists: For the first time, Japan has two winners in one year; Tokyo streets come alive.

Japan Now

March 2003

Table of Contents

  • Consolidating Afghan Peace: Japan has played a leading role in the complicated rebuilding process.
  • Japan-U.S. Aid Cooperation: The world's two largest economies work together on health, water-related issues.
  • Viewpoint: An eye-witness account of what's being done in Afghanistan and what's left to do.
  • Business Watch: New currency bills introduced; foreign reserves up; growth investment outlook.
  • Trends in Japan: Legendary tale of loyalty hits home.
  • Beyond Differences: Samurai developed a strict code of conduct over time as their role evolved.
  • Making a musical impact: Japanese artists young and old, win top honors on the global stage.

Japan Now

Vol. 3 2003

Table of Contents

  • Contacts Grew Over the Years: From castaways to formal delegations, the two nations quickly learned from one another as relations flourished.
  • Standing Firm on Iraq: Japan is taking an active role in the post-war humanitarian rehabilitation and reconstruction of the country.
  • Science Watch: As "hybrid" cars become the vehicles of choice, Japanese automakers have a leg up.  A new dimension in television.
  • Trend in Japan: Even as the kimono makes a comeback it is modified to everyday tastes.
  • Beyond Differences: Ironically, incessant samurai conflict eventually led to national unification.
  • Anime Takes World by Storm: While the animation industry is thriving, concern mounts over its long term future as competitors abroad emerge.

Japan Now

Vol. 4 2003

Table of Contents

  • 150 Years of Ties: How the relationship evolved since Perry arrived and where it is going.
  • Viewpoint: The first Japanese delegation to the U.S. shared the other side's astonishment.
  • Chronology of Contacts: Polls show broad support for Japan remains at record levels.
  • Views of Yokohama: An exhibition of woodblock prints provides unique insights.
  • 150th Anniversary Quiz: Test your knowledge with our 150th Anniversary Quiz.

Japan Now

Vol. 5 2003

Table of Contents

  • Tokyo Summit on Africa: 89 nations discuss ways to improve conditions; a review of ODA policy.
  • Economy on the Rebound: Indicators point to a recovery and stronger growth; scientific advances.
  • Culture in Japan: Cuisine has a special place in Japanese life; JET: one American's experiences in Hiroshima.
  • Viewpoint: A close analysis of the Prime Minister's foreign policy in style and substance.
  • Sport Goes International: From baseball to kendo to tennis, Japanese athletes are making it big.

Japan Now

Vol. 6 2003

Table of Contents

  • Game in Japan Dates to 1800's: Ambassador Kato speaks further of how baseball has drawn Japan & the U.S. together.
  • Policy Watch: Secretary Rumsfeld in Tokyo, pledges full support for Japan's security.
  • Culture in Japan; JET: Food displays attract eager customers; advice on applying for JET positions.
  • Baseball as a Bridge: Seattle celebrates its role for decades in promoting mutual understanding.
  • Children's Exhibit; Expo 2005: Celebrating "Five Friends from Japan"; host Aichi's theme is "Nature's Wisdom".