Japan car makers stunned by Brexit

Many business leaders are stunned by the outcome of the referendum in which the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. There could be a big impact on the Japanese automotive companies which have factories in the UK such as Toyota, Honda and Nissan. They may move some or all of […]

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Mass protests against US presence in Japan

Tens of thousands of people have taken part in angry protests against the American military presence in Japan. Meanwhile, a Russian delegation has been welcomed to Tokyo to try to break the deadlock which has blocked a formal peace treaty between Russia and Japan since the end of World War II. It was soon after […]

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Media storm sweeps Tokyo governor out of power

The resignation of one of Japan’s most famous politicians has shown the power of a weekly gossip magazine called Shukan Bunshun. The governor of Tokyo, Yoichi Masuzoe, quit after an expenses scandal was revealed in the magazine, which specialises in stories about the shady side of powerful people. The magazine specialises in stories about well-known […]

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Chinese warship raises the fear level in Japan

China has been harshly criticised again by the Japanese government, reinforcing the negative impression of China that is widely held in Japan. The Japanese criticism came after a Chinese navy warship  sailed close to a group of islands in the seas between the two countries. These islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in […]

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