Does Japan have a deeply embedded gender bias?

Does Japan really have a deeply embedded gender bias? That was the claim in the headline over an opinion piece about politics in the Japan Times by a foreign, male professor from a law school in Kyoto. Gender was also discussed in a report about attitudes to sex and, quite separately, in the context of […]

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“Keep borrowing money – it makes no sense not to!”

That would have been a suitable headline over an opinion piece in the Japan Times concerning economic and monetary and policy. The newspaper said “excessive debt is always a concern” but it went on to encourage more government borrowing. “It makes no sense not to borrow when interest rates are this low,” it said. “Central […]

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Bank of Japan faces credibility crisis

The Bank of Japan has a crisis of credibility, according to the Financial Times. The tactics it is using to try to invigorate Japan’s economy are not yet working and it has made a promise which seems impossible to meet. For that reason, trust in the Bank and its governor Haruhiko Kuroda is undermined both […]

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North Korea “playing with fire” with missile launches

The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called on his army to press ahead with its nuclear weapons programme. His statement came after North Korea fired three ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan this week. Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe called the missile launch “an act of indescribable violence.” North Korea tested a […]

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