Media Coverage

TV/Radio June 17, 2020

Research Director Kobayashi Offers Insights on Ways to Reopen the Economy

In an interview with NHK World “Biz Stream,” Research Director Keiichiro Kobayashi emphasized the need to bump up testing for COVID-19 so that businesses can reopen safely and successfully.

Kobayashi, one of four economists tapped to join the panel advising the Japanese government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, pointed to five priorities, namely, (1) expand testing, (2) provide ample financial support to citizens, (3) encourage the shift to online and remote work, (4) reexamine business models, and (5) create a body to promote international cooperation on a coronavirus response.

“Testing is Key to Jump-Starting Japan’s Economy,” NHK World–Japan

Profile of Research Director Keiichiro Kobayashi

Keiichiro Kobayashi

Magazine June 3, 2020

Majority Sees Halting Spread of COVID-19 Is Higher Priority than Preserving Civil Liberties, Senior Data Scientist Crabtree Writes in the Atlantic

A survey conducted by Senior Data Scientists Charles Crabtree and three other researchers revealed that Americans are willing to tolerate civil-rights violations in order to confront the pandemic, regardless of party affiliation. Such bipartisan support for rights-restricting COVID-19 responses, the Atlantic article notes, could smooth the path for constitutional erosion.

“Red and Blue America Agree That Now Is the Time to Violate the Constitution,” The Atlantic, March 25, 2020

Profile of Senior Data Scientist Charles Crabtree

TV/Radio June 1, 2020

Ke Long Tells NHK World China-US Ties Could Be Headed for Cold War 2.0

Senior Fellow Ke Long commented on NHK World that the economic report to this year’s National People’s Congress was unusually short and conservative, failing to set specific economic targets and instead emphasizing the need to stabilize employment and reduce poverty.

He pointed out that Chinese SMEs that are critical to creating jobs are facing serious liquidity shortages due to the coronavirus pandemic. While state-owned commercial banks usually do not lend money to the SMEs, the report to the NPC failed to outline how the needs of these small businesses should be met.

He also noted that Beijing does not seem to know how to deal effectively with the leaders of its biggest and most important business partner, the United States, and that the relationship could be headed for “Cold War 2.0.”

“China Expert: Economic Policy Lacks Specifics,” NHK World-Japan

Profile of Senior Fellow Ke Long

Long Ke

Web April 23, 2020

Akiko Fukushima Posts Coronavirus Analysis on East Asia Forum

The East Asia Forum, an Australian National University platform for analysis on politics, economics, and international relations relevant to public policy, has published an article by Senior Fellow Akiko Fukushima on COVID-19 as a human security crisis. The article was originally published on April 16, 2020, and is reprinted on the English website of the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research.

"COVID-19 Is a Human Security Crisis"

Profile of Senior Fellow Akiko Fukushima

Akiko Fukushima

Magazine April 8, 2020

Few IT Professionals on Hospital Staff, Ryosuke Tsuchiya Tells Nikkei Asian Review

Noting that most Japanese hospitals have few IT professionals on staff, Senior Fellow Ryosuke Tsuchiya told the Nikkei Asian Review in an article published on April 8, “Japanese hospitals need to make much more investment in IT.” Tsuchiya is also the former head of the National Cancer Center Hospital.

“Coronavirus: Screen-Shunning Doctors Open Up to Telehealth in Pandemic Era” (original article in the Nikkei Asian Review)

Profile of Ryosuke Tsuchiya

Ryosuke Tsuchiya

Newspaper April 7, 2020

South China Morning Post Quotes Research Fellow Yoshihara on Problem of Abandoned Land

In an April 6 article in the South China Morning PostResearch Fellow Shoko Yoshihara points to the seriousness of the "invisible problem” of unidentified landowners, saying, “It is important to find solutions for this before the next major earthquake or natural disaster.”

"Japan’s invisible problem: enough empty homes to house Hong Kong and no known owners" (original article in the South China Morning Post)

Profile of Shoko  Yoshihara

Shoko Yoshihara

Magazine January 10, 2019

Senior Fellow Masayuki Komatsu comments in Science magazine

Senior Fellow Masayuki Komatsu comments in Science magazine: "Why Japan’s exit from international whaling treaty may actually benefit whales."

Masayuki Komatsu

Newspaper December 26, 2018

Financial Times Quotes Senior Fellow Masayuki Komatsu

Senior Fellow Masayuki Komatsu is quoted in the Financial Times: "Japan to restart commercial whaling and quit commission"

Masayuki Komatsu

Web July 17, 2018 publishes Research Director Shigeki Morinobu's Article on Abe's New Fiscal Strategy publishes Research Director Morinobu's Article on Abe's New Fiscal Strategy: "The Convenient Assumptions Behind Japan’s New Fiscal Strategy"

Shigeki Morinobu

Newspaper June 1, 2018

Japan Times Quotes Research Fellow Shoko Yoshihara

Japan Times quotes Research Fellow Shoko Yoshihara: "Issue of abandoned land slowing rural development in Japan"

Shoko Yoshihara