"Tokyo-Cambridge Gazette: Politico-Economic Commentaries" No.10 (August 20, 2014)

Whither Japan’s CSR—Corporate Citizenship in the Post-Great East Japan Earthquake Era

  • Jun Kurihara
  • Research Director
    Jun Kurihara
  • [Expertise]
    U.S. Information and Network

 Given the growing complexity of globalization, Japan's corporate sector is now reassessing its corporate social responsibility (CSR). This short essay tries to examine today's CSR activities conducted by Japanese companies. Especially, economic and societal rehabilitation in the Tohoku region that was hard hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in March 2011 needs soul-searching on further sophistication of Japan's CSR; what can the Japanese business community do for the region as a responsible member of the country?; what can it provide lessons learned based on its past and current experiences among the global business community? To respond these questions, the essay starts with a brief overview of Japan's CSR activities. It then highlights several exemplary companies whose experience can be shared by other firms irrespective of their nationality. Finally, the essay discusses future challenges facing the Japanese companies for their sophistication of global and local CSR....

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