A street in Kyoto is virtually empty on December 28. Japan should recast its economy instead of depending on traditional sectors such as tourism. Photo: Kyodo A street in Kyoto is virtually empty on December 28. Japan should recast its economy instead of depending on traditional sectors such as tourism. Photo: Kyodo
A street in Kyoto is virtually empty on December 28. Japan should recast its economy instead of depending on traditional sectors such as tourism. Photo: Kyodo
Rupakjyoti Borah
Opinion

Opinion

Eye on Asia by Rupakjyoti Borah

Japan seeking signs of optimism amid dire news for the economy and Olympics preparation

  • The new year presents Japan with an unique opportunity to recast its economy and move into new and emerging areas instead of depending on traditional sectors
  • While this year promises to be challenging for its economy, whether Japan can turn the tide will depend on whether it has learned the right lessons from 2020

A street in Kyoto is virtually empty on December 28. Japan should recast its economy instead of depending on traditional sectors such as tourism. Photo: Kyodo A street in Kyoto is virtually empty on December 28. Japan should recast its economy instead of depending on traditional sectors such as tourism. Photo: Kyodo
A street in Kyoto is virtually empty on December 28. Japan should recast its economy instead of depending on traditional sectors such as tourism. Photo: Kyodo
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Rupakjyoti Borah

Rupakjyoti Borah

Dr Rupakjyoti Borah is a senior research fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies, Tokyo. His forthcoming book is The Strategic Relations between India, the United States and Japan in the Indo-Pacific: When Three is Not a Crowd. He has also authored two other books. He has been a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge, the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), Japan, and the Australian National University. Twitter @rupakj