Hydrogen power has been heralded as a game changer in the global transition to low-carbon energy. This paper identifies serious concerns with hydrogen demand projections, regularly cited by state and federal governments, energy experts and industry figures, which overstate potential export demand.
This special report examines Japan’s role in the evolving Indo-Pacific regional order. This report brings together a diverse mix of authors, with a variety of perspectives, to offer analysis of the opportunities and challenges facing Japan’s economic, security, and diplomatic role in the Indo-Pacific.
The Chinese party-state certainly has a well-earned reputation for coercing states economically when they aren’t aligned with it on issues that it deems at any given time to be of particular importance.
In the automation age, women face new challenges overlaid on long-established ones. Automation could displace millions from their jobs; many others will need to change the way they work. Worldwide, 40 to 160 million women may need to transition across occupations. If women cannot transition,...
This report considers the approaches taken by development partners when transitioning and exiting from bilateral aid programs. It features case studies of Australia, Denmark, the European Union, France, Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Recently in the United States, in response to the emergence of “gig economy,” the debate whether gig workers are misclassified as independent contractors has been heated. Japan’s practice with regard to the definition of employee could give meaningful insights to the U.S. practice.
This report outlines how Japan’s concept of “quality infrastructure” comprises economic efficiency, inclusiveness, safety and resilience, sustainability, convenience and amenities. It argues that the enhanced prosperity of the Indo-Pacific is best served by cooperative efforts of countries throughout the region and a shift in rhetoric...
This policy outlines the basic principles and strategies used in the Agency for Cultural Affairs. It introduces the foundations of cultural administration, promotion strategies for different sectors in the cultural and creative industries, and several case studies.
This report provides a summary for each G20 nation, including data on CO2 emission trends in the national transport sector, climate policy targets and measures for lowering emissions. The data make clear that only three countries from the G20 have set targets for reducing emissions...
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...
In the last decade, the strengthening of the India-Japan strategic partnership has been primarily driven by geopolitical considerations, in an era of competing regional visions and influence. While bilateral relations have shown progress in terms of political values and interests, strategic convergence and military cooperation,...
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’.
This plan is the first plan based on the new 'Basic Act on the Promotion of Culture and the Arts' amended in June 2017. It contains four visions and six strategies for a five-year period from 2018 to 2022. This plan discusses and acknowledges both...