Canada Japan

It's Time To Make Canada's Relationship With Japan A Priority

Perrin Beatty | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Politics
Perrin Beatty

Trade between Japan and Canada has stagnated for over a decade. Exports from Canada to Japan grew only four per cent from 2006 to 2015, while Canada's imports from Japan have declined. There is good news -- foreign investment from both sides show an upwards trend -- but business will need help to capitalize on this opportunity.

When It Comes To Fiscal Policy, Japan Is No Role Model

Aaron Wudrick | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Business
Aaron Wudrick

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Tokyo this week for a bilateral visit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as well a G7 leaders summit in nearby Ise-Shima. While increasing trade is a major focus of the Prime Minister's visit (Japan is Canada's fifth largest trading partner), Canadians should cross their fingers that Trudeau doesn't ask his Japanese counterpart for advice on fiscal policy and the virtues of massive infrastructure spending.

B.C. Government Masters The Art Of Political Spin

Dermod Travis | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Canadians have come to expect that politicians will take a few liberties with facts as they spin issues to suit their purpose. A master practitioner of the art form is the B.C. government, with spin that can be light in the accuracy department.

The Shadow Of Chernobyl Looms Large 30 Years Later

Shawn-Patrick Stensil | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Living
Shawn-Patrick Stensil

Thirty years on from the world's worst nuclear accident, millions of people are still living with radioactive fallout from Chernobyl. In contaminated areas, radiation touches every aspect of people's lives: it's in the food they eat, the milk they drink, and in the schools, parks and playgrounds their children play in. The human toll of reactor accidents is why nuclear power may never gain widespread acceptance, no matter how much the industry tries to reassure us that risks are low.

Comfort Women "Settlement" Forgets and De-Legitimizes the Victims

Rosel Kim | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada
Rosel Kim

"Comfort Women" refer to women from Asian countries where Japan exercised colonial rule -- predominantly Korea -- who were kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese soldiers. Many women did not report the crimes committed against them, but lived in silence due to shame. But a new settlement between the Japanese and South Korean governments is problematic in many ways.

Leading The Way For Japanese Women In The Workforce

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Business
G(irls)20

Thirteen per cent. That is the percentage by which Japan's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) could be boosted if the number of women in the workforce was raised to equal the number of working men.

These Are The Best Education Systems In The World

Melanie Nathan | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Parents
Melanie Nathan

Education is quite possibly the most important aspect of a country's potential for progress, and, more simply, developing child's mind. There is certainly no one right way to educate and there are, unsurprisingly, about as many different educational systems in the world as there are countries, with most of them believing that their way is the correct one.

China And The Threat Of A De-Americanized World

Monde68 | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Politics
Monde68

If tensions are rising between the United States and Russia, the biggest geopolitical issue for the U.S. in the foreseeable future is China. Why? Because Beijing has adopted a comprehensive strategy with the intent to destroy the American superpower and we call it: de-Americanization.

There's A New Fortune Cookie For Cat Lovers

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 10.27.2015 | Canada Living

In Japanese culture, cats are a symbol of good fortune and wealth, so it's no real surprise these Japanese "fortune cookies" have been designed with l...

Now You Can View The Streets Of Japan Like A Cat

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 09.04.2015 | Canada Living

It's the purrrfect view!

WATCH: A Swimming Pool Built Just For Elephants

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Living

So many legs! So much fun!

FIFA Women's World Cup Was a Triumph for Vancouver

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 07.06.2015 | Canada Travel
Adrian Brijbassi

While the FIFA tournament was a national event, with six Canadian cities hosting games, Vancouver has been the big winner -- especially because the Americans made the final. While tickets for the championship match were sold out long ago, the influx of visitors from south of the border spiked spending this weekend.

Canada Battles Japan Over B.C. Timber In TPP Talks: Documents

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.06.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - One of Canada's most protected industries — British Columbia timber — has been targeted by Japan in the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership...

Travelling Through the Lens of Canada's Top Instagrammers

Trivago.ca | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Travel
Trivago.ca

It's safe to say this year's winter definitely had us looking forward to spring! We may have theoretically passed that long-awaited first day of spring, but in Canada, Mother Nature doesn't seem to be ready to give up with grace. To beat back our late winter blues, we rounded up top Canadian Instagrammers who've been capturing the beauty of Canada and the rest of the world, whatever the season.

What the Sheer Volume of Japan's Debt Really Means

Peter Hall | Posted 04.15.2015 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Japan's net financial liabilities used to take it off the hook. However, they too have soared, and now stand well above Greece's, at 140 per cent, and rising. Many will argue that although these ratios seem impossibly high, the debt is mostly domestically owned, and thus not vulnerable to jittery foreign financial markets, currency fluctuations and the like.

And The Biggest Economic Surprise of the Year Goes To...

Peter Hall | Posted 02.16.2015 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Six years beyond the onset of global crisis and the lamentation seems louder: pundits are increasingly perplexed by the planet's prolonged period of perpetual perturbations. So, does anything stand out in 2014 as an "out of the blue" development?

The Consequences of Falling Oil Prices

Salman Sakir | Posted 02.08.2015 | Canada Business
Salman Sakir

Falling oil prices is expected to affect the Canadian economy. The low prices may have different effects on the Canadian economy and in various geographical locations of the country. The oil sands in Alberta require high oil prices for the extraction of oil to be feasible. A fall in oil prices may make the production of oil in Alberta economically unfeasible.

Make Japan a Nation Where Women and Men Shine

G(irls)20 | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada
G(irls)20

It is widely acknowledged that Japan needs more females in business to make up for a shrinking workforce and to boost economic growth and opportunity. With this admirable goal in mind, we must work to make Japan a nation where every individual, male and female, has equal opportunities to realize their full social, economic and political potential. As a Japanese youth, I am not afraid to break from traditional practices and defy what is expected of me. I am ready to pursue my own dream to become a fearsome business leader and 2014 G(irls)20 Delegate representing Japan.

Brand Lets Dangerous Animals Design Its Jeans

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada Style

Lions, tigers, and bears—oh my! One clothing label has launched “the only jeans on earth designed by dangerous animals.” Japanese brand Zoo ...

Watch Out! The Central Bank Will Raise Interest Rates Soon

Peter Hall | Posted 07.02.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

In an unprecedented move, the Fed undertook an extraordinary experiment in monetary policy. Unable to further target an interest rate, already at zero, the Fed began announcing a quantity of cash that it would inject into the financial system by purchasing large numbers of government bonds and other highly-rated securities, and replacing them with cash.

Unfamiliar Mussel Travels To B.C. On Tsunami Debris

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A sea creature at risk of going extinct in Asia is proving to be a survivor, but after an arduous ocean journey it's not welcome to find s...

The Hidden Truth in Unemployment Stats

Peter Hall | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Have you seen the numbers lately? We should be celebrating in the streets! Recent economic performance has driven unemployment rates down to levels that many believed would not be seen for years to come. So why doesn't it feel that way?

Are Prices About to Go Up?

Peter Hall | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Clearly it is a worry that five years beyond the crisis, price growth is as tame as it is. Worse yet, in many cases, recent monthly inflation is getting thinner.

Cultural Insights on China and Japan That Everyone Can Use

Sara Graham | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Travel
Sara Graham

A personal introduction in advance will make your visit all the more enjoyable. Both Japanese and Chinese cultures view it as a sign of respect to extend themselves on behalf of a mutual friend, and you may find that they go to significant personal inconvenience and expense to make you feel welcome.

Typhoons Are Only Getting More Powerful as the Planet Warms

David Fogarty | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada
David Fogarty

The intensity of tropical cyclones striking East Asia has sharply increased over the past 30 years and major cities and ports such as Shanghai in China could face a greater threat from more powerful storms in future, a study published on Thursday shows.