Future of Drug Policy: Real Solutions Grounded in Global Evidence
Japan is a country well-known for its well-organized society, economic successes, advanced technology, exquisite food, and sophisticated art. Yet, one of its remarkable successes seems to be largely unknown to both present-day Japanese and the outside world: the fact that Japan is one of the few countries that has been able to cope with, and eradicate, a drug epidemic. In Japan, a serious methamphetamine epidemic emerged in the wake of the country’s defeat in World War II. Society was in chaos, the economy in ruins and the industrial and social infrastructure in shambles. The bottomless disaster that the Japanese faced became the breeding ground for a wave of drug abuse that evolved into an epidemic. In a sense, this epidemic was quite unexpected. While opium and other narcotic drugs were certainly not unknown to the Japanese, their country had so far been spared widespread abuse.
Kishida in Cambodia: Seeking Regional Consensus Amid the China Threat?
Last of a two part series on Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s travel to India and Cambodia in March 2022. This article is part of the [Asia’s Next Page] series on JAPAN […]
The Dawn of the Digital Yuan: China’s Central Bank Digital Currency and Its Implications
Summary The COVID-19 pandemic has driven digital innovation and proved to be an enabling episode for the technology industry; the growing focus on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) comes within such a context. China has rushed to […]
Stable and in Control? China’s Party Regime and its Challenges
Abstract Despite domestic and international difficulties, the survival and stability of the Chinese Communist regime does not seem to be severely threatened. China’s successful domestic handling of the pandemic and […]
China’s Urbanization: Hukou Reforms and Social Justice
Abstract This paper explores the socio-economic impacts of the Household Registration System (Hukou) and the delicate interplay between migration policies and urban development in China. Despite several rounds of relaxation […]
North Korean Women as New Economic Agents: Drivers and Consequences
Abstract This Issue Brief explores the changing social and economic role of women in North Korea since the so-called Arduous March of the 1990s. With the breakdown of the public […]
Xi Jinping and Constitutional Revisions in China
Abstract The Party Constitution of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the “un-written” State Constitution of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) determine the legal developments that take place […]