The second World Circular Economy Forum 2018 (WCEF2018) took place from 22-24 October 2018, in Yokohama, Japan. The world’s biggest global gathering on circular economy solutions brought together more than 1,100 leading experts and decision-makers from more than eighty countries to discuss their future visions....
This explainer provides an overview of the circular economy concept, what it looks like and why it’s being talked about. It also discusses recent research and developments in the circular economy space, and some of the challenges that may arise in its implementation.
This presentation was delivered for the conference of Behaviour Change for Energy Efficiency: Opportunities for International Cooperation in the G20 and beyond, Paris.
The Japanese Government launched its first national behavioral insights team named Behavioral Sciences Team (BEST) on the initiative of the Ministry...
Since the Paris Climate Agreement solidified an “all hands on deck” approach to climate change, cities, regions and businesses have become key contributors to mitigation, adaptation and finance efforts. These actors are pledging a range of actions, from directly reducing their own greenhouse gas emissions...
This research paper argues that Japan’s political and military normalisation under the stewardship of Prime Minister Abe is well and truly underway. The country has taken a proactive approach to the Indian Ocean region, as is evident from its various regional endeavours.
Hiroshima University researchers have investigated perceptions of the public benefits of international students at Japanese universities.
Over the past year, there has been a growing interest in the vision of a “free and open Indo-Pacific”. While the term Indo-Pacific has enjoyed growing use over the last decade among analysts and policymakers in the United States and Australia, a number of more...
This report compares Australia's pecuniary sanctions regime for competition law infringements to that of a number of other major OECD jurisdictions.
Scholars and policy experts debate Australian participation in the ‘Australia-India-Japan-United States consultations on the Indo-Pacific’ - known universally as the ‘Quad’.
The proposed Quadrilateral Security Initiative 2.0 is an informal maritime alliance of the United States, India, Japan and Australia, which primarily involves co-operation in the Indo-Pacific.
The quadrilateral dialogue, an informal gathering between officials from the United States, Japan, India and Australia, has been revived after a decade-long hiatus. In order for the Quad 2.0 to be successful, it must concentrate on conrete, focused and tangible areas of cooperation that will...
The original policy issued by The Science Council of Japan was in Japanese, and this English article summarises the policy that outlined a roadmap to realize a healthy low-carbon society. The aim of the policy is to build a low carbon footprint and high environmental...
This report assesses the national approach of Asia–Pacific countries to the challenges and opportunities of cyberspace, taking a holistic approach that assesses governance and legislation, law enforcement, military capacity and policy involvement, and business and social engagement in cyber policy and security issues.
Evidence gathered by the International Energy Agency has identified six critical factors to guide policy makers in realising potential savings in both new and existing buildings through the modernisation of building energy codes.
This report outlines how one of Australia's oldest economic partners is building on established ties to support the next wave of innovation and growth.
Changing regional conditions necessitate strategic coordination between Australia and Japan to preserve the rules-based order in the Asia Pacific.
Creating a sustainable bioeconomy—which takes advantage of unused or underexploited bio-resources, turns them into replacements for fossil-based fuel, energy, and products and contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the protection of local environments—is a truly monumental task. It depends on companies entering...
Many countries around the world have ageing populations and a growing prevalence of dementia. Japan, in particular, is a “super-ageing” society, with a population getting older faster than anywhere else in the world due to long life expectancy and low birth rates.
Rates middle-income housing affordability using the “Median Multiple,” which is the median house price divided by the median household income.
Executive Summary The 13th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey covers 406 metropolitan housing markets (metropolitan areas) in nine countries (Australia, Canada, China,...