Should the government rescue Toshiba?

Toshiba must reveal the full scale of its financial problems within one month or face being de-listed from the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The company has twice failed to submit audited accounts which show how much money it has lost on its investment in nuclear power in the United States. Toshiba has said the problems will […]

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Japan’s dynamic global trade

This week, I gained valuable insights into the way Japanese companies work around the world to help countries to build power stations, ports and airports. The deals are often complex but they illustrate the smooth way in which Japan’s big institutions work together with its government to help people, especially in developing countries. Take, for […]

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Cost of North Korean threat increases

Japan is to spend a record sum on defence in the face of missile launches by North Korea and a rise in China’s military power. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told parliament that defence spending will not fall below one percent of GDP, despite Japan’s continuing economic problems. The Japanese parliament, or Diet, agreed a record […]

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