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2009年12月号
巻頭特集

Relations of Trust

Japan and the United States have both ushered in new administrations this year, and diplomatic relations between the two countries are thus entering a new phase. Meanwhile the people of Japan and the United States appear determined to work together ever more closely to address issues affecting the world. The Japan Journal investigates the nature of Japan-U.S. relations today.
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URBAN REGENERATION Part II
Chain-Regeneration
in Otemachi
Major redevelopment is underway in Tokyo's central business district, Otemachi. The difficulty in developing such key areas for the economy is in regenerating the city and improving its operations without halting its roles and functions. Urban chain-regeneration is one effective solution.
VISIT JAPAN YEAR Part II
Japan's Winter Wonderland
In advance of Visit Japan Year in 2010, the Tourism Agency has selected sixteen destinations as being especially attractive to visit over the winter season. In last month's issue of this magazine, the first eight of these destinations were profiled, beginning in Japan's northernmost—and in winter, snowiest—main island of Hokkaido. In this article, the second eight destinations are featured, our brief tour of Japan's winter wonderland ending in the beautiful subtropical islands of Okinawa in the south.
SCIENCE
GOSAT Keeping Watch
Over Global Atmosphere
With the number of ground-based carbon dioxide observation points being limited and unevenly dispersed throughout the world, it has been impossible for scientists to accurately monitor carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas densities. Launched in January 2009, Japan's Greenhouse Gas Observing Satellite (GOSAT) "IBUKI" therefore serves as a most valuable tool for researchers worldwide. K. Pomeroy reports.
EDUCATION
In Praise of Internships
Career education, including the opportunity for work experience while still at school, is playing an increasingly important role in the Japanese education system. Hori Yukie, vice senior researcher at the Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training (JIL), explains.
CULTURE
Kendama Forever
A routine stock item in toyshops for decades, the game of kendama continues to bewitch Japanese, young and old alike. Julian Ryall reports.