Minister quits and BOJ takes extreme steps to fight deflation

The resignation of Japan’s Economy minister Akira Amari has revealed the considerable influence of Japan’s gossipy weekly magazines. Mr Amari told a press conference in Tokyo on Thursday that he is resigning. He was under pressure following allegations of corruption made by the Japanese magazine Shukan Bunshun. Shukan Bunshun is one of a number of […]

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Chocolate taxis promise exam success

Japanese taxis are not actually made of chocolate but a few are painted in the colours of Kit Kat, the famous chocolate biscuit made by Nestle. Kit Kat in Japanese sounds like kitto katsu, which could be translated as “sure to succeed”.  Nestlé Japan has teamed up with the Nishitetsu taxi company in Fukuoka Prefecture, […]

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Tabloid paper claims elite Shinzo Abe is out of touch with real people

Shinzo Abe does not understand what it is like to be poor, according to an influential tabloid newspaper in Japan. It was dismayed by his comments about low-income families made in parliament this week. This added to the debate over the prime minister’s credibility at a time when experts are taking stock of his attempt […]

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North Korea taunts Japan with “thrilling sound of H-Bomb blast”

What can Japan do in response to North Korea’s claim it has tested a hydrogen bomb? Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promised firm action but his options are limited. North Korea exploded a weapon early in the morning of Wednesday 6th January 2016 and claimed on the television news at 10am that it was a […]

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