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By Brian Bremner

Japan has always been a complex read for global investors and business executives. Even more so now that the world's second-largest economy has begun a wrenching transition to embrace such big global trends as cross-border mergers, new forms of finance, and the commercial exploitation of the Internet.

Eye on Japan tracks the country's winners and losers, and assesses how globalization is changing the contours of this nation's economic, political, and cultural life. Business Week Asian Economics Editor Brian Bremner will deliver his insights for BW Online every week. You can reach him at
2001 2000   1999  

Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.  

Dec. 11   The Hard Lessons Japan Just Can't Seem to Master

Dec. 5   How Team Bush Might Tackle Tokyo


Nov. 21   Can an Insider Save Mitsubishi?

Nov. 14   An Epidemic of Social Parasites?

Nov. 7   Will Tokyo Finally Get a Top-Notch Leader?


Oct. 31   Birth of an Investor Class?

Oct. 17   Exhibit A in the Case against Japan's Legal System

Oct. 10   Japan Takes the First Step to Recovery


Sept. 26  Dump Tokyo? That's Not a Capital Idea

Sept. 19  Why Can't My Daughter Root for the USA?

Sept. 5  The Humbling of Mitsubishi -- and Its Visionary Leader


Aug. 22  A Japanese Way of Death

Aug. 15  Ending Zero Rates Is Far from Reckless

Aug. 8  Korea Is Leaving Japan in the Digital-Age Dust


July 25  Clicking and Pointing Won't Eradicate Poverty

July 18  Eye on Japan: A Sea Change in U.S.-Japan Trade Relations

July 11  How Okinawa Can Outmaneuver Its Masters


June 27  Education-Crazy Parents Have Plenty of Company in the West

June 21  Japan's Banzai B-School for Budding Entrepreneurs

June 6  Try This Political Stem-Winder, Mr. Mori


May 31  He Could Lead Japan out of the Economic Darkness

May 23  Nissan's Ghosn: Can He Bring Back Japan's Samurai Spirit?

May 16  Ichiro Ozawa: The Fall of a Japanese Reformer

May 2  Sumo Wrestling: Say It Ain't So, Musashimaru


Apr. 25  How Land Keeps Japan's Economy Locked Up

Apr. 18  Nasdaq Japan's Chief Has Big Game in His Sights

Apr. 3  A Sad Truth: It Hardly Matters Who Japan's Premier Is


Mar. 29  Will Japan's Postal-Savings System Spring a $1 Trillion Leak?

Mar. 21  Tokyo's Sound Trucks: Lots of Fury Signifying Something

Mar. 15  Tokyo's Nuclear Dilemma

Mar. 7  The Japan That Shouldn't Say No -- to English


Feb. 29  The Japanese Need to Learn to...Litigate?

Feb. 22  Tokyo's Wrong-Headed Tax on Big Banks


Jan. 19  The Silent Monster Devouring Japan's Economy

Jan. 11  A Farewell to No Arms?

Jan. 4  Is the Bullet Train Speeding Japan to Debtsville?

2001 2000   1999  

Oct. Nov. Dec.  

Dec. 28  In Japan, It's the 12 Months of Christmas

Dec. 21  How Japan's Economy Stacks Up against South Korea's

Dec. 14  Smile, a New Age Is Aborning

Dec. 7  How Tokyo Can Get Off Its Start-Slow-Stop Treadmill


Nov. 30  Why Japan's Big Yen Push Could Affect You -- Yes, You

Nov. 23  Internet Age Japan: PCs, Smart Phones, and...Vending Machines?

Nov. 16  Commentary: How Georgia's Aflac Became a Household Name -- in Japan

Nov. 9  Why You May Have a Stake in Japan's Loan-Sharking Biz

Nov. 1  Japan Overlooks the Power of Its Women at Its Own Peril


Oct. 25  Ordinary Japanese Are Finally Asserting Themselves -- in Cyberspace

Oct. 18   Tokyo's Ishihara, Often a Crackpot, Deserves a Hearing

Oct. 11   A New Opening-Up of Japan in Financial Services

Oct. 5   Japan's Central Banker Is Right: There's No Quick Fix for the Yen

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