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Why academics hold Thatcher and Trump in such contempt

November 18, 2020 9:15 am

Now and again I gently take on my Trump-hating colleagues

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Why Japan’s new PM is desperate for the Olympics to go ahead

November 10, 2020 11:35 am

It is debatable whether the Japanese public cares all that much if the games go ahead or not


Japan’s carbon neutral pledge looks like a load of hot air

October 28, 2020 10:57 am

Suga may have opted for airy rhetoric as he has limited options


Why the Japanese love wearing facemasks

September 17, 2020 12:44 pm

Hiding the face stimulates the erotic imagination in Japan


Meet Japan’s new PM — installed by a gray coup of party insiders

September 14, 2020 12:26 pm

Yoshihide Suga’s victory was a stitch-up of staggering brazenness for a law-governed democracy

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Could Britain’s Japan trade deal offer a shortcut to a US-UK agreement?

September 11, 2020 12:22 pm

Joining CPTPP won’t be without its complications


The dark side of ‘cute’ culture

September 10, 2020 12:44 am

Every character in popular TV shows for young kids has a big domed head, button nose and huge wide-apart eyes


Who could replace Shinzo Abe as Japanese PM?

August 28, 2020 11:57 am

Abe had hoped that 2020 would be his year


Hirohito, the war criminal who got away

August 20, 2020 11:05 am

Seventy-five years on, Japan still can’t come to terms with its past


What lies behind the Japanese obsession with face masks?

August 15, 2020 11:57 am

No one in Japan is checking whether you are wearing a mask or not, and there are no penalties for not doing so


Even Japan could be about to embrace remote working

June 28, 2020 12:18 pm

Office workers in Japan are renowned for their quasi-devotional relationship with their employer


Why doesn’t Japan take child abduction seriously?

June 22, 2020 9:56 am

Accusations of institutionalized racism abound


Strawberry yields forever

June 15, 2020 2:28 pm

The ultimate summer fruit, if you can afford it

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Can Shinzo Abe’s COVID bung save him?

June 6, 2020 10:50 am

The Japanese still view dependence on the state with great suspicion


The mystery of Japan’s COVID success

May 27, 2020 8:38 am

Yes, there was a lockdown, of sorts, but it was all a bit phony


Coronavirus is revealing uncomfortable truths about Japan

May 3, 2020 11:14 am

The rise of ‘Corona rikon’

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Japan’s ‘state of emergency’ is anything but dramatic

April 7, 2020 12:35 pm

The move runs counter to the general mood in Tokyo, where it remains quiet but calm, with no sense of impending doom in the air


Did the people of Tokyo ever really want the Olympics anyway?

March 31, 2020 1:43 pm

The Japanese are a very polite people, and disinclined to express their true feelings in public


Has Japan cracked coronavirus?

March 25, 2020 12:31 pm

After a brief flurry of postponements and cancellations, life seems to be going on pretty much as usual


As intricate as an origami sculpture

March 19, 2020 4:47 pm

The Lost Future of Pepperharrow by Natasha Pulley reviewed


Why ‘safe spaces’ are nowhere to be seen on Japan’s college campuses

February 25, 2020 11:39 am

Japan is like Switzerland in the culture wars, a safe haven where the hostilities raging elsewhere can be observed but avoided


Entente hostile: China, Japan and Korea

January 30, 2020 12:46 pm

Three Tigers, One Mountain: A Journey Through the Bitter History and Current Conflicts of China, Korea and Japan by Michael Booth reviewed


Yalta was a carve-up — and the Poles are understandably still bitter about it

November 14, 2019 12:15 pm

Eight Days at Yalta: How Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin Shaped the Post-war World by Diana Preston reviewed

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A new emperor, a stable Japan

October 23, 2019 9:28 pm

The world’s oldest monarchy bolsters a modern miracle

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Out of sight, out of mind

August 8, 2019 12:10 pm

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa reviewed