"I have experienced failure as a politician," Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe once said. In his second round as the country's prime minister, he is determined to avoid the mistakes of the past -- beginning with how to deal with the stagnant Japanese economy. I asked Abe about this when I met with him on Thursday afternoon in his office in Tokyo. "My policies do not conform with the conventional wisdom," he said. "However we have been suffering from a long period of deflation and at the end of last year we faced a serious unemployment crisis. I am convinced that my economic policies are the only path to break out of this crisis." For now, while the U.S. and Europe sputter along, restrained by the politics of austerity, Japan under Shinzo Abe is set on a bold course to revive a moribund economy.
In this week's issue, Saki Knafo looks at the plight of America's working poor through the eyes of one young man struggling to build a career in the fast food industry. And since this week marked the launch of our newest international edition in Japan, we're featuring photos from our tour of the gardens, temples and shrines of Kyoto.
Konnichiwa! I'm here in Tokyo with our talented HuffPost Japan team in our Akihabara offices to launch HuffPost Japan, our first edition in Asia. We are all elated that after launching editions in the UK, Canada, France, Spain, and Italy, HuffPost has gone east -- not only to a new country, but to a new continent. The launch of Huffington Post Japan represents the fulfillment of our goal of inviting ever more voices from around the world to join our growing global conversation. And it's living proof -- since Huffington Post Japan is "live" as of today -- of the way 21st century media have transcended once-formidable barriers of geography, language, and culture.
In this week’s issue of Huffington, we profile a 22-year-old KFC worker who represents the fastest-growing cohort of American workers — those who ...