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Global COVID-19 death toll passes 2 million

via The Japan Times    Jan 16, 2021

Graves are seen at Woodlawn Cemetery in New York on Friday as the global coronavirus death toll surpassed 2 million. | AFP-JIJI

The global death toll from COVID-19 passed 2 million on Friday, with the World Health Organization (WHO) urging mass vaccinations as the pandemic progresses at ...

Stories that cater to the soul, the intellect and the stomach

By Mark Schreiber
- via The Japan Times    Jan 16, 2021

 Sales at Starbucks, like those at its top two competitors in Japan, have almost certainly been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. | BLOOMBERG

Examining the challenges facing Soka Gakkai, a new teen comic book hero and coffee franchises nationwide amid the pandemic.

Public trust crumbles under COVID-19 and fake news: survey

via The Japan Times    Jan 14, 2021

The Edelman Trust Barometer found 57% of people believe government leaders, business chiefs and journalists are spreading falsehoods or exaggerations. | REUTERS

The Edelman Trust Barometer placed Russia in bottom place for trust in the state, with Japan just above and the U.S. third from last.

The West should envy Japan’s COVID-19 response

By Ramesh Thakur
- via The Japan Times    Jan 10, 2021

Workers wear protective gear to protect them against the COVID-19 virus near the cruise ship Diamond Princess at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama last February. More than 700 of the 3,711 people on board the ship became infected with the virus, with 14 deaths being reported. |  REUTERS

The virus is not unprecedented, but the draconian societal shutdowns are. Who would have expected Western democracies to mimic authoritarian China?

There will be no quick COVID-19 fix

By William A. Haseltine
- via The Japan Times    Jan 09, 2021

Pedestrians walk past a public health warning sign in London on Dec. 22. | REUTERS

Few doubt the importance of personal liberty, but this is a time when we all need to forego certain conveniences for the sake of those ...

Business opportunities in Latin America for Japanese companies

By Javier A. Mazon
-    Mar 26, 2018

Thanks to Texas' proximity to the emerging markets of Central and South America, several major Japanese companies with significant investments in Latin America have set up operations in the state. ...

America and the World in Transition

By Richard N. Haass
- via Foreign Affairs    Nov 23, 2016

As the incoming Trump administration sorts itself out, U.S. allies should develop policy proposals for dealing with pressing global challenges and consider what more they can do on behalf of common...

The Economics of Hosting the Olympic Games

By James McBride
- via Foreign Affairs    Jul 20, 2016

Bruno Kelly/Reuters

The costs of hosting the Olympics have skyrocketed in recent decades, while the economic benefits are far from clear. This has caused a shrinking of states interested in playing host and a search f...

What Does the TPP Mean for Latin America?

By Shannon K. O'Neil,Danielle Renwick
- via Foreign Affairs    May 19, 2015

Mexico, Peru, and Chile would benefit from the Trans-Pacific Partnership if their economies can begin to produce more value-added goods in a competitive way, says CFR's Shannon  K. O’Neil.

Chile in Crisis

By Juan de Onis
- via Foreign Affairs    Apr 12, 2015

Chile's President Michelle Bachelet answers a question during a news conference, October 30, 2014. (Andrea Comas / Reuters)

South America's Model Nation Grapples With Graft April 12, 2015 Juan de Onis Summary:  Some argue that Chile is living through the worst political crisis since the 1973 overthrow of Pres...

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