Economic Development

Japan: 2030

September 19, 2019


September 19, 2019

Naka Kondo
Editor, The Economist Intelligence Unit

Naka is a senior editor for The Economist Intelligence Unit's thought leadership division based in Tokyo. Following a brief period with Japan’s Cabinet Office, Naka dedicated seven years in the Japanese Equities business with a US investment bank where she communicated closely with Japanese companies and institutional investors around the world.

Naka’s work has appeared in the literary magazine The Bungei Shunju and Shukan Bunshun on topics ranging from the Japanese economy and the status of women(interviewing the Managing Director of IMF, Christine Lagarde), politics, palliative care, to innovative financing around social issues.

Naka has studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science (BSc Maths&Philosophy transferring to BSc Sociology) and the University of Tokyo (BA Social Psychology). Naka is also a journalism graduate of the Undergraduate Research Program at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies at the University of Tokyo.


2020 will be a landmark year for Japan. The Tokyo Olympics will draw the world's attention at a time when the country is debating its future. But how will demographic, technological and geopolitical forces shape Japan in the decade beyond 2020? Our audio-interactive, Japan 2030, explores.

Press 'play' on the player above to hear:
* the opportunities and challenges presented by Japan's ageing population
* how Japan's businesses are developing creativity as a management capability
* Japan's role in the new geopolitical reality in Asia

As you listen, the player will surface charts, quotes, and links allowing you to dive deeper into the story.
The EIU would like to thank our interviewees for their contributions:

  • Yoichi Funabashi, chairman of the Asia Pacific Initiative
  • Hisakazu Kato, professor at the School of Political Science and Economics, Meiji University
  • Yoshihide Esaki, deputy director-general for healthcare and medical policy at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
  • Hiro Nishiguchi, executive managing director of the Japan Innovation Network
  • Kunihiko Miyake, research director at the Canon Institute for Global Studies

Japan 2030 is hosted by Naka Kondo, senior editor at The EIU.

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