What does Japan want from Africa?

One of the most profound changes to the world in the past decade has been vast Chinese investment into Africa. It has exceeded 100 billion US dollars and the money has stimulated development across the continent, lifting millions of Africans out of extreme poverty. Yet Chinese state media says that the country’s investment into Africa […]

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Leading economist tells Shinzo Abe of challenges to Abenomics

Not many leaders call on international experts to bring them bad news. Yet Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe this week invited one of the world’s leading economists to talk to him “candidly” about Japan’s situation in the world. The message from the Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz was not encouraging. “A few years ago, […]

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Fukushima anniversary leads to fresh debate on nuclear power

“There is a saying in Japanese: put a lid on something that smells. Loosely speaking, that means hide a problem rather than deal with it.” That was the comment made on a TV programme by Olivier Fabre of Reuters Television. His view, as an experienced journalist covering Japan, is that it is difficult to persuade […]

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Japanese journalists claim they are bullied by the government

The prime minister of Japan is bullying journalists, according to one of the most experienced foreign correspondents in Tokyo. Richard Lloyd Parry of the Times, who has written about Japan for more than twenty years, said Shinzo Abe and his government’s intimidation is causing newspapers and broadcasters in Japan to become “timid”. He said the […]

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