Is your dog looking for a friend?

Next time I go to Osaka, I want to meet the people who have created a dating app for dogs. It is a bit like Tinder, a mobile phone dating app for people, but this version lets you spend time with someone else’s pet. The concept is not especially new. I remember making a radio […]

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The joy of being hugged by a Japanese

A businessman told me this week: “I knew I’d been successful in business when my Japanese business partner hugged me.” The embrace came after a long period of negotiation. The businessman, a British gentleman in his sixties, was hugged by his Japanese associate after they reached a deal between their companies. “It was special,” the […]

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Don’t scorn Japan’s powerful old people

Foreign journalists have a habit of using a lot of judgemental language in their articles about Japan. “The country is quite simply dying,” is a very judgemental phrase. It was used in a prominent article which appeared on a US political website called The Week. Another piece said “it is hard to appreciate the scale […]

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