Japan offers its sporting venues to the world

Japan wants big sporting events to boost its economy and bring it international prestige. It is hoping to learn from the UK how to gain long-term benefit from hosting international tournaments. For the past month, England has been hosting the Rugby World Cup and has been widely praised. “We couldn’t be more pleased with how […]

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David Cameron hails the UK’s “golden era” with China

The British prime minister David Cameron said the relationship between Britain and China is entering a “golden era”. Many business deals were signed during a trip to London by the Chinese president. Should Japan be worried? There was a warm welcome for President Xi by the Queen, Mr Cameron and Britain’s politicians and business leaders. […]

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Japan embraces ASEAN region despite investment risks

 Japan is investing twice as much money in South Eastern Asian countries than it is in China. Many countries which were invaded by the Japanese in the last century now want Japan to help their economies grow. This week I attended a conference about the ASEAN countries at Asia House in London. It gave a […]

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Clinton and Obama split on US-Japan trade deal

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe hailed a trade deal with the US and other countries as a major political victory. The deal has been welcomed by Japanese exporters like Toyota but Japanese farmers are worried about its implications. The Tran-Pacific Partnership (TPP) aims to make commerce easier between twelve countries, including the US and Japan. It removes […]

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Abe’s ally urges women to have more babies

What is most important for Japanese women? Getting ahead at work or having babies? These are questions raised in the international media this week, following controversial remarks by a male politician. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga encouraged women to “contribute” to the nation by bearing lots of children. Speaking on a Fuji TV news show, […]

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