Abe claims “crisis” demands a snap election

Is it true that Japan needs of an election to deal with a “national crisis?” That’s the claim made by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has called a snap election to take place soon – probably on October 22nd. The escalating threat from North Korea could well be seen as a “crisis” situation. Domestically, however, […]

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We don’t trust China’s win-win rhetoric, warns ambassador

A lack of trust and an underlying threat of violence are harming China’s relations with Japan, according to Japan’s former ambassador to Beijing.   Masato Kitera represented Japan in China from 2012 until 2016. He claims that when Chinese people tell him collaboration creates a “win win” situation, he hears them saying to Japan “we […]

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Hitachi weathers the Brexit storm

It will soon be possible to catch a Japanese bullet train along one of the most scenic and stormy coastal rail routes in England. Hitachi is building special waterproof trains which will be able to run along a track beside the sea in Devon in Southwest England, where gale-force winds often blow seawater onto the […]

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Does macho Japan oppress its talented women?

Some people regard Japan as a macho society, where powerful men work long hours, play golf and ignore the house work while the women do menial office jobs or stay at home to raise children. Such stereotyping is common in the international media, which often presents a rather pitiful image of Japanese women, suggesting that […]

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