“Adorably mad” Japan delights the motoring press

The view that Japan is a weird place full of “adorably mad” machines is strongly reinforced by international press coverage of this year’s Tokyo Motor Show. “Stay strange, Tokyo” began an article by the journalist Jeremy Korzeniewski, who compiled a comprehensive report on the event on Autoblog. He explains that “the Tokyo Motor Show never […]

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Conservatives relish Abe’s election success

Japan makes a good conservative role model for other countries, according to a political journalist reacting to the general election. Through a coalition of his party and supporters, Shinzo Abe has the support of around 80% of parliamentarians.   Conservative ideal Stephen Bush wrote in the New Statesman’s blog that “Japan is in many ways […]

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Cheating scandals mar Japan’s reputation

This week, the international media has been filled with articles condemning Japanese business culture after another high profile scandal. Kobe Steel has admitted it falsified safety records for products supplied to more than five hundred companies, including Japan’s biggest automotive firms and train manufacturers. Decades of cheating The Nikkei newspaper reported that the cheating went […]

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“We work hard but we’re not productive enough”

Pulling Japan out of a trap of low productivity is “the number one goal” of the central bank, according to one of its most senior figures. The Deputy Governor of the Bank of Japan Mr Hiroshi Nakaso told a gathering in London that Japan continues to lag behind most developed countries in terms of productivity […]

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Political storm sweeps through Tokyo

A former TV presenter who was heralded as Japan’s first potential female prime minister has announced she is not yet ready to do battle for the top job. Yuriko Koike is promising a populist approach, challenging the vested interests of Japan’s male-dominated establishment. However, she has decided that she is not yet prepared to quit […]

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