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The Economist (November 17)

2018/ 11/ 18 by jd in Global News

“More than half of Japanese babies can expect to live to 100.” This blessing presents Japan with a tremendous challenge “to stay solvent as it turns silver.” Among the G7, Japan now has the highest “share of over-65s in work,” but this not enough. “If Japanese people are going to live to 100 they will have to retire much later than 70.”


New York Times (June 10)

2018/ 06/ 12 by jd in Global News

“There has never been a disaster like the G7 meeting that just took place. It could herald the beginning of a trade war, maybe even the collapse of the Western alliance. At the very least it will damage America’s reputation as a reliable ally for decades to come; even if Trump eventually departs the scene in disgrace, the fact that someone like him could come to power in the first place will always be in the back of everyone’s mind.”


Wall Street Journal (June 4)

2018/ 06/ 05 by jd in Global News

Despite the “unanimous concern and disappointment” expressed in a statement by G7 members Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the UK, ”the Trump administration showed no sign of backing down from restrictive tariffs” or provided any indication “that the administration was wary of inching closer to a trade war.”


New York Times (April 13)

2016/ 04/ 14 by jd in Global News

“Now that Mr. Kerry has paved the way, there should be nothing keeping President Obama from becoming the first American president to stop at Hiroshima when he travels to Japan next month for a meeting of the Group of 7 leaders. But he should be prepared to offer some tangible new initiative to keep alive his flagging vision of a nuclear-free world.”