Japan Times Cites Kobayashi’s Emergency Recommendations
Emergency proposals to address the economic fallout from the coronavirus crisis by Research Director Keiichiro Kobayashi and Motohiro Sato issued in March were cited in a Japan Times article detailing the roles of a new government coronavirus subcommittee, of which Kobayashi is a member.
The article quoted a number of recommendations, such as having the government lease hotels and other lodgings and convert them into temporary quarantine stations for those who test positive but have no symptoms or are only mildly ill—a policy with the added benefit of financially supporting the tourist industry.
“Japan’s New Coronavirus Panel Aims for More Clarity and Balance,” Japan Times
“Addressing the Economic Fallout from the Coronavirus Crisis: Emergency Proposals by Economists in Japan”
China Economy Faces Big Hurdles, Ke Long Tells NHK World
Although the Chinese economy rebounded in the second quarter after registering −6.8% growth in January–March, Senior Fellow Ke Long says that stimulus measures and investment projects are not enough to revive an economy that is reliant on external demand.
Rising diplomatic tensions with the United States and other countries are impeding China’s recovery, which will materialize only by reviving smaller companies to promote employment and domestic demand.
Beijing, though, has done nothing to help private households, Ke said, adding that instead of decentralizing the economy, the Xi Jinping administration has sought to recentralize it.
“Expert: China May Struggle to Maintain GDP Growth,” NHK World
Ke Long Points to China-Related Risks in Nikkei Article
In an article detailing the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s watered-down statement on whether or not to invite Chinese President Xi Jinping following China’s adoption of a new Hong Kong national security law, Senior Fellow Ke Long pointed to the need to be “conscious of China-related risks” in reevaluating Japan’s reliance on crucial parts and equipment but also the importance of developing a strategy with mutual benefits, such as combining “Japanese brand power” with Chinese production capacity.
“Japan’s Ruling Party Torn over Xi Jinping Invitation,” Nikkei Asian Review
Profile of Senior Fellow Ke Long
Koike Reelection Likely, Kato Tells Straits Times
Research Director Sota Kato tells the Straits Times that Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike’s chance of being elected is "very, very high," regardless of her first-term accomplishment, as "incumbents have never lost in previous Tokyo elections."
"Tokyo Governor Election Race Kicks Off," Straits Times
Profile of Research Director Sota Kato
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
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
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
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
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
South China Morning Post Quotes Research Fellow Yoshihara on Problem of Abandoned Land
In an April 6 article in the South China Morning Post, Research 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