Yoshihiro Sakai

Yoshihiro Sakai

Yoshihiro Sakai is adviser to the Office of the President at the University of Tokyo. He is a former market operation officer at the Bank of Japan and a senior economist.

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Opinion | Why Japan will take a more China-friendly turn after its general election

Expect Fumio Kishida to take a more progressive approach to issues around Japan’s sluggish economy and foreign affairs. Enacting his policies will require greater trade and investment, and he is likely to look to China for both once his election victory is secured.

Expect Fumio Kishida to take a more progressive approach to issues around Japan’s sluggish economy and foreign affairs. Enacting his policies will require greater trade and investment, and he is likely to look to China for both once his election victory is secured.

Why Japan will take a more China-friendly turn after its general election
6 Oct 2021 - 9:15AM
The View | How Japan’s carbon neutrality goal could destroy its economic recovery

Vehicle exports keep Japan’s economy afloat, but new regulations could put a million jobs and Japan’s trade surplus at risk. Calculating the environmental impact of a car’s entire life could cripple carmakers unless the government changes Japan’s energy mix.

Vehicle exports keep Japan’s economy afloat, but new regulations could put a million jobs and Japan’s trade surplus at risk. Calculating the environmental impact of a car’s entire life could cripple carmakers unless the government changes Japan’s energy mix.

How Japan’s carbon neutrality goal could destroy its economic recovery
21 Sep 2021 - 11:02PM
Opinion | Tokyo Olympics: how Japan’s coronavirus failures have left a dark cloud hanging over the Games

As calls mount for the Tokyo Olympics to be cancelled or postponed, the Japanese government’s mishandling of the coronavirus crisis has come into sharp focus.

As calls mount for the Tokyo Olympics to be cancelled or postponed, the Japanese government’s mishandling of the coronavirus crisis has come into sharp focus.

Tokyo Olympics: how Japan’s coronavirus failures have left a dark cloud hanging over the Games
29 May 2021 - 9:20AM
Opinion | Japan’s new prime minister will find a way to stay friends with China and the US

Political watchers are expecting Yoshihide Suga to choose between the US and China amid heightened US-China rivalry. But Japan’s new leader is a realist who has what it takes to continue the country’s strategy of dual diplomacy.

Political watchers are expecting Yoshihide Suga to choose between the US and China amid heightened US-China rivalry. But Japan’s new leader is a realist who has what it takes to continue the country’s strategy of dual diplomacy.

Japan’s new prime minister will find a way to stay friends with China and the US
26 Sep 2020 - 3:43AM