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Listening to the Voice of Afghan Civil Society at the Tokyo Ministerial

June 27, 2012

“Afghanistan transition, 2014.” Ask citizens of countries engaged in Afghanistan since 2001 what this target date means, and the answer is likely to center on bringing home troops and resources. But ask the people of Afghanistan what 2014 means, and the answer is more likely to reflect anxiety…

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Rio+20: Greening the Asian Tiger

June 20, 2012

Tens of thousands are gathering in Brazil this week for the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which is expected to be the largest event in the history of the United Nations. World leaders will discuss the advances that have been made over the past two decades…

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In Appreciation of Philanthropic Visionary Tadashi Yamamoto

April 18, 2012

Tadashi Yamamoto, founder and president of the Japan Center for International Exchange, passed away on April 15 at the age of 76. He was an extraordinary person whose career was marked by extraordinary accomplishment. He was a liberal internationalist, an optimist who believed wholeheartedly…

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Japan, Thailand Look to Put Disasters in the Past

April 4, 2012

Below is an excerpt from an interview that first appeared on World Politics Review with John J. Brandon, director of Regional Cooperation Programs for The Asia Foundation in Washington, D.C.

WPR: What is the current state of relations between Japan and Thailand?

This year marks the 125th anniversary of formal diplomatic relations between Japan and Thailand. Bilateral ties, particularly in the economic sphere, have strengthened considerably over the past decade.

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New Reports on Japan’s Tohoku Region Recovery

March 14, 2012

The recovery of Japan’s Tohoku region after last year’s devastating earthquake disaster will hinge on revitalizing the local economy, according to two new reports from Give2Asia. For the past year, Give2Asia has partnered with local organizations in Tohoku in both immediate relief and longer-term recovery efforts. One report details Give2Asia’s projects and partnerships undertaken in […]

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Revitalizing Tohoku

March 9, 2012

One year after the complex disaster in the Tohoku region of Japan, much remains to be done to rebuild lives and communities in the stricken area. Tohoku will need business and philanthropic investments for years to come, and I am encouraged by the innovative and entrepreneurial approaches being implemented by several Japanese social organizations.

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After a Year of Challenges, Asia Emerges Stronger than Ever

January 4, 2012

In 2011, Asia grappled with a host of devastating shocks, both natural and man-made. As challenging and economically harsh as they have been, they have provided an opportunity for Asia’s emerging economies to dramatically assert their economic resilience and regional influence.

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7 Billion and Counting

November 2, 2011

According to the United Nations, a baby born this week became the world’s 7 billionth person. As four babies are born somewhere around the world each second, no one knows for sure exactly which baby was the 7 billionth, or where he or she was born. However, it is probable this person was born somewhere in Asia…

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Japan’s Tohoku: Still an Emergency

July 13, 2011

For 10 days in mid-June, my Give2Asia colleague, Gillian Yeoh, and I visited Iwate and Miyagi prefectures in Tohoku, the northeastern area devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11. We found that Tohoku is still an emergency situation.

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U.S. Must Help Strengthen Asia’s Regional Architecture

June 15, 2011

Two weeks ago, I attended the 25th Asia-Pacific Roundtable hosted and organized by the ASEAN-Institute of Strategic and International Studies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. More than 350 people from 25 nations attended, including ASEAN Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Commander of U.S. Pacific Command Admiral Robert F. Willard…

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