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NIRA Opinion Paper
Produced by both NIRA researchers and guest researchers, NIRA Opinion Papers offer the expansive thinking concerning the most important issues facing Japan that is demanded in a time of profound change.

No.8, May 2013
pdf file Diversification of Modes of Work will Create a New Safety Net
 by Noriyuki Yanagawa (Executive Vice President, NIRA)

No.7, December 2012
pdf file Issues of Power System Reform - From "Rationing" to Market Mechanisms -
 by Motoshige Itoh (President, NIRA)

No.6, March 2012
pdf fileWhy Choose the TPP? -A Consideration of the Issues from the Perspcetive of the System of International Trade-
 by Motoshige Itoh (President, NIRA)

No.5, December 2011
pdf fileThe Urgency of Fiscal Reconstruction: Before Strain becomes Critical
 by Motoshige Itoh (President, NIRA)

No.4, December 2011
pdf fileThe Hidden Risks in Japan's Financial System
 by Takeo Hoshi (Prof. University of California, San Diego, and Visiting Researcher, NIRA)

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NIRA Reports
Selecting important themes for study, we convene research groups made up of a number of specialists and experts from a variety of research fields to engage in multifaceted analyses. Research Reports present the outcomes of this research process.

Towards the Realization of Compact Industrial Agglomerations supported by Flexible Networks November 2016
pdf file(summary)  

Status of Recovery and Current Problems in Three Disaster-hit Prefectures
What the Data Tells Us - Indexes for Recovery and Recunstruction
following the Great East Japan Earthquake (IV) -
,NIRA, September 2013,
pdf file(summary)  

Reforming Japan’s Government Bond-financed Social Security System by Overcoming “Silver Democracy”, NIRA, July 2013.
pdf file(summary)  

The Autonomy of the Working Individual
- Can We Break the Mold of the Japanese "Company Man"? -
, NIRA, June 2012.
pdf file(summary)  

Policy Options for Japan's Revival
 by Takeo Hoshi (Prof. University of California, San Diego) and Anil Kashyap (Prof. University of Chicago), NIRA, June 2012.

Status of Recovery and Current Problems in Three Disaster-hit Prefectures – What the Data Tells Us
- Indexes for Recovery and Reconstruction following the Great East Japan Earthquake (March 2012 Update) -
, NIRA, April 2012.
pdf file(summary)  

Indexes for Recovery and Reconstruction following the Great East Japan Earthquake - December 2011 Update - , NIRA, April 2012.
pdf file(summary)  

Revitalizing Medical Care and the Aging City - Measures for Promoting the Concentration of Medical Care in Downtown Areas- , NIRA, April 2012.
pdf file(summary)  

A New Model of Consumption in the Domestice Sector - Urban Consumption driven by the Elderly -, NIRA, March 2012.
pdf file(summary)  

Reading the Trends of the Times - The Virtuous Cycle between Autonomy and Solidarity - , NIRA, March 2012,
pdf file(summary)  

Indexes for Recovery and Reconstruction following the Great East Japan Earthquake  
 by Recovery and Reconstruction Indexes Research Team, NIRA, September 2011,
pdf file(Report)

The Path to Fiscal Reconstruction: Overcoming Disaster and Bequeathing Sound Finances to Future Generations, NIRA, April 2011.
pdf file(summary)  

Why Did Japan Stop Growing?
 by Takeo Hoshi (Prof. University of California, San Diego) and Anil Kashyap (Prof. University of Chicago), NIRA, January 2011,
pdf file(Summary) | (Report) | (Appendix)

Strengthening Regional Cooperation in East Asia, NIRA, November 2010.
pdf file(Summary) | (Policy Proposal) | (English-Japanese version)
(Related article)
pdf file""COMMENTARY" Daily Yomiuri,
 by Motoshige Itoh, November 2, 2010.

Is the Aging of Society a Threat to Japan?: Increasing Productivity in the Next Decade is the Key,
NIRA, May 2010.

pdf file(Summary) | pdf file(Full Report)

*Policy Proposal for Integrated Medical Services in Regional Cities: Regions Taking Responsibility for Healthcare ("Machinaka Shuseki Iryo"no Teigen: Iryo ha Chiiki ga Kaiketsu Suru), NIRA, March 2010.

The Market or Welfare?: Reconsidering the Alternatives--Socialization of Risk as the Way Forward for the Japanese Economy, NIRA
pdf file(Summary) May 2010.

(Outline of the report)
pdf fileRevitalizing the Japanese Economy by Socializing Risk
 by Charles Yuji Horioka (Prof. Osaka University) and Reiko Kanda (Senior Director, NIRA), ISER Discussion Paper No.799, Osaka University, December 2010.
(Related article)
pdf fileHow to fix the Japanese economy: Socialize risk using a two-pronged strategy
 by Charles Yuji Horioka (Prof. Osaka University) and Reiko Kanda (Senior Director, NIRA), April 22, 2010.

*Agriculture as a New "Food Industry": Improving Agricultural Productivity to Enhance Self-sufficiency in Food Production (Nogyo wo Aratana "Shyokuryo Sangyo" ni: Shyokuryo Jikyuryoku Kyoka no Tame ni Nogyo Shuekiryoku no Kojo wo Hakaru), NIRA, November 2009.

Asia as a Single "Domestic Market": The Harmonization of Rules and Systems, NIRA, October 2009.
pdf file(Summary)

Preparing for the Next Financial Crisis: A Proposal for a New Financial System beyond Present Stopgap Measures, NIRA, October 2009.
pdf file(Summary) | pdf file(Full Report)

*Abandoning the Illusion of Lifetime Employment:Towards a System of Employment Tailored to Changes in the Industrial Structure (Shushin Koyo to Iu Genso wo Suteyo: Sangyo Kozo Henka ni Atta Koyo Sisutemu ni Tenkan wo), NIRA, April 2009.

*The Potential Slumbering in Household Savings: The Necessity for a Transition from Saving to Spending (Kakei ni Nemuru "Kajo Chochiku": Kokumin Seikatsu no Shitsu noojo niha "Chochiku kara Shohi he" to yu Hasso ga Fukaketsu), NIRA, November 2008.

*Prospects for Statistical System Reform: Towards More Appropriate Use of Specialist and Experience-based Knowledge (Tokei Kaikaku heno Teigen: "Senmon-chi to Keiken-chi no kyoyuka" wo Mezashite), NIRA, October 2008.

*The Issue of Increasing Employment Risk among Non-regular Employees in their Late Twenties and Thirties (Shushoku hyogaki sedai no kiwadosa: takamaru koyo risuku e do taio subekika), NIRA, April 2008.

*Scenarios for Regional Revitalization: Policy Responses to Population Decline (Chiho saisei e heno shinario:jinko gensho heno seisaku taio), NIRA, April 2008.

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My Vision
For this publication, we conduct interviews with a number of experts, enabling us to concisely present a diverse range of opinions concerning the problems directly facing Japan. Our interviewees also each recommend a book concerning the theme of the issue.

No.30, July 2017
pdf fileBeyond the Threshold towards a “Super-Aged Society”
  by Tetsuo Tsuji, Yasuko Hashimoto, Kenji Toba, Masaru Kitsuregawa, Kohei Onozaki


No.29, May 2017
pdf fileTrumponomics and Japan
  by Glenn Hubbard, Hiroshi Yoshikawa, Fukunari Kimura, Takeo Kikkawa, Yukio Okamoto


No.26, October 2016
pdf fileShould Japan consider introducing Reduced Tax Rates?
  by Marco Fantini, Marie Pallot, Bo Rothstein, Fumio Ohtake, Takeo Hoshi

No.20, April 2016
pdf fileUsing the Abilities of Japan's Senior Generations
  by Hisao Osada, Etsuko T. Harada, Yasuyuki Gondo, Yoshinori Fujiwara, Yukiko Ito

No.19, March 2016
pdf fileDisruptive Innovation in the Domain of Knowledge
  by Jiro Kokuryo, Keiko Kurata, Kazuhiro Hayashi, Naoto Ikegai, Tadashi Komatsu

No.18, February 2016
pdf fileIncome Disparity and Japan's Taxation Systems
  by Ayako Kondo, Shigeki Morinobu, Motohiro Sato, Keiichiro Kobayashi, Takashi Oshio

No.17, January 2016
pdf fileUniversal Services at the Crossroads
  by Wataru Kitamura, Hiroshi Yahagi, Yuko Kawamoto, Toshihiro Matsumura, Masayuki Nakagawa

No.16, December 2015
pdf fileIs the EU Robust?
  by Keiichi Katakami, Sahoko Kaji, Ken Endo, Kenichi Ueda, Guntram B. Wolff

No.15, November 2015
pdf fileFinTech : A Revolution in the World of Finance
  by Elena Wise, Yuka Koga, Naoyuki Iwashita, Jun Ota, Tetsuo Morishita

No.14, October 2015
pdf fileThe Near Future of Artificial Intelligence
  by Noriko Arai, Masakazu Kobayashi, Yutaka Matsuo, Masahiko Tsukamoto, Osamu Sakura

No.13, September 2015
pdf fileExpenditure Reforms that inspire Public Confidence
  by Yasushi Iwamoto, Ryuzo Miyao, Naohiko Jinno, Koichi Hamada, Kenji Hirashima

No.12, August 2015
pdf fileTowards Fully-fledged Reform of Japan's Medical Care System
  by Hiroshi Yoshikawa, Satoko Hotta, Toshiaki Akatsuka, Ryosuke Tsuchiya, Koichi Kawabuchi

No.11, July 2015
pdf fileThe Future of Japan-China Relations
  by Shinichi Kitaoka, Roderick MacFarquhar, Toshiya Tsugami, Ezra F. Vogel, Shin Kawashima

No.10, June 2015
pdf fileScientific and Technical Education in Japan’s Junior and Senior High Schools
  by Michiharu Nakamura, Shinya Morimoto, Hiroshi Matsumoto, Kazuo Kadota, Ryo Shimizu

No.9, May 2015
pdf fileOffering the Elderly the Opportunity to Work
  by Kenji Ueda, Michitaka Hirose, Caitrin Lynch, Atsushi Yashiro, Shinya Ouchi

No.8, April 2015
pdf fileJapan’s Corporate Governance Code
  by Kunio Ito, Atsushi Saito, Takashi Kawamura, Mats Isaksson, Takumi Shibata

No.7, March 2015
pdf fileStimulating Innovation to Break Japanʼs Deadlock
  by Takeo Kanade, Yasufumi Kanemaru, Hideko Kunii, Makoto Kigawa, Toshio Yamamura

No.6, December 2014
pdf fileTokyo: Global City
  by Ryuji Fujimura, Kozo Kadowaki, Hiroo Ichikawa, Kaoru Endo, Regis Arnaud

No.5, October 2014
pdf fileFemale Employment and the Dutch Model
  by Eiko Kenjoh, Naohiro Yashiro, Marcel Wiggers, Jiro Mizushima, David N. Barnes

No.4, Augst 2014
pdf fileFiscal Discipline in Japan: An Urgent Issue
  by Junko Kato, Toshihiro Ihori, Kaoru Yosano, Taro Miyamoto, Takeshi Erikawa

No.3, June 2014
pdf filePopulation Decline and the Strengths of Regional Areas
  by Tokumi Odagiri, Sukeshiro Terata, Takashi Uchiyama, Hiroshi Matsubara,
    Sarah Marie Cummings

No.2, March 2014
pdf fileTowards Dialogue between Technology and Society
  by Kenichiro Senoh, Takeshi Natsuno, Yoshinori Yokoyama, Yuko Fujigaki, Shohei Yonemoto

No.1, December 2013
pdf fileA Scientific Approach to Creativity
  by Naomi Miyake, Takashi Tsukiyama, Kazuhiro Mishina, Hajime Ota, Hiroshi Miyanaga

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NIRA Policy Review
Each Policy Review takes up a specific theme, and offers a timely presentation of diverse considerations via discussions with experts at the forefronts of their fields.

No.61, August 2013
pdf fileRevitalizing Medical Care: Searching for Directions
 by Motoshige Itoh, Koihci Kawabuchi, Ichiro Innami, Masahiro Kami,
 Tomohiko Murakami, Shinya Matsuda

No.60, May 2013
pdf fileLooking at Policies Aimed at Ending Deflation
 by Motoshige Itoh, Kunio Okina, Takeo Hoshi, Takashi Mitachi, Izuru Kato
 Hajime Takata

No.59, March 2013
pdf filePublic Pensions and Intergenerational Equity
 by Motoshige Itoh, Takashi Oshio, Makoto Usami, Iziru Makihara, Taro Miyamoto,
 Sawako Shirahase

No.58, December 2012
pdf fileThe Middle-indome Trap in Asia
 by Motoshige Itoh, Haruhiko Kuroda, Eizo Kobayashi, Thanong Bidaya, Junhua Wu,
 Yasuyuki Todo

No.57, August 2012
pdf fileRenewable Energy and Japan's Future
 by Motoshige Itoh, Takeshi Wada, Hiroaki Ikebe, Hiroaki Niihara, Tatsuo Hatta,
 Akihiro Sawa, Junichi Fujino

No.50, January 2011
pdf fileGrowing Recovery Still in the Shadow of the Crisis
 by Paul Sheard (Global Chief Economist, Nomura Securities)

No.48, March 2011
Financial Reconstruction
 by pdf fileMotoshige Itoh (NIRA), pdf fileShunpei Takemori (Prof. Keio University),
 pdf fileHidetoshi Ohashi (Managing Director, Morgan Stanley),
 pdf fileToshiki Tomita (Prof. Chuo University),
 pdf fileSeki Obata (Associate Prof. Keio University)

No.40, October 2009
pdf fileThe Flight of Japanese Macroeconomic Policies on one Engine: Fiscal Stimulus without Monetary Stimulus
 by Koichi Hamada (Prof. Yale University)
pdf fileThe Burden of Government Bonds on Future Generations

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NIRA Interview Series
In our Dialogue Series, NIRA’s attempts to delineate Japan’s future through dialogue with individuals at the forefront of a variety of fields.

December 2012
pdf fileThe Euro Crisis: What We Should Learn  
  Prof. Jean Pisani-Ferry, Dr. Guntram Wolff, Motoshige Itoh

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NIRA Monograph Series
Applying multifaceted research and analysis to the problems facing Japan, NIRA’s Monograph Series presents analytical data and information that will be of use in future discussions.

No.38, September 2013
What can we learn from the Experience of Regulatory Reform in Japan? pdf file(Abstract)  by Tetsushi Saito (Senior Researcher, NIRA)

No.35, October 2012
pdf fileThe Uneven Distribution of the Benefits of Growth Impeding the Expansion of Asa's Middle-Imcome Stratum
 by Akio Egawa (Senior Researcher, NIRA)


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