Don’t punish economic animals for imaginary sins

I have been fortunate enough to meet many Japanese CEOs, including the bosses of huge multinational companies like Toyota, Nissan and Sony. I am often bemused when business leaders claim that they are “economic animals” but perhaps this dehumanisation helps them cope with the beatings by the foreign media, which are frequent and painful. When […]

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Is North Korea setting a trap?

If the organisers of the Winter Olympic Games awarded medals for cheerleading or propaganda, North Korea would have walked away with double gold. The champion attention grabbers were the two hundred North Korean women who performed synchronised cheers throughout events which involved athletes from their country, playing alongside people from the host nation, South Korea. […]

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Royal scandal shows the power of the tabloids

Freedom of speech in the media sometimes carries a heavy price Japan. It gives great power to the tabloid press, as the Imperial Family have found out to their cost this week. Japan’s Princess Mako has announced she will be postpone her planned marriage to her fiance Kei Komuro for two years. This follows a […]

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