Japan experts scrutinise Shinzo Abe at Chatham House Conference

This week I attended a lively conference about Japan at Chatham House in London. The speakers included experts on Japan from universities and institutions from the UK, the United States and Japan. Most of the discussion was about politics, economics and international relations. I heard a number of comments about Japan which surprised me and […]

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Abenomics floods the economy with yet more borrowed cash

What can be done by Japan’s Central bank to shake off the threat of recession and get the economy growing again? The media were asking this question before the central bank in the US, the Federal Reserve, left interest rates unchanged. The Bank of Japan was waiting for that news before deciding what it should […]

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Toshiba’s image tarnished further

There was a further blow to the reputation of Toshiba. The Tokyo stock market soared. And Shinzo Abe is set to become Japan’s longest serving prime minister since the 1970s. Toshiba revealed in April it has exaggerated its profits, leading to the resignation of its chief executive Hisao Tanaka. This week Toshiba admitted the scale […]

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Japan’s defence spending to rise as Chinese troops parade in Beijing

An enormous military parade marking the anniversary of Japan’s defeat took place in China. Japan’s defence ministry has requested its largest ever budget. And the Yakuza crime gang Yamaguchi-gumi has broken up. China marked the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in WWII with a vast parade of soldiers and weapons in Beijing, including intercontinental ballistic […]

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