Japan

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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

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Why doesn’t Japan take child abduction seriously?

June 22, 2020 9:56 am

Accusations of institutionalized racism abound

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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As intricate as an origami sculpture

March 19, 2020 4:47 pm

The Lost Future of Pepperharrow by Natasha Pulley reviewed

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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

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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

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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

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A brief history of selling bath water

July 14, 2019 4:28 pm

What connects Belle Delphine with the leader of a doomsday cult and a Japanese girl punk band?

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Trump: American shogun

May 30, 2019 2:06 pm

John McCain torments the 45th president from beyond the grave

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The balletic, bum-baring rituals of sumo

January 10, 2019 11:59 am

A close-up view of the plump, kissable wrestlers at one of Japan’s six annual sumo tournaments

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Japanese puzzle: how can an advanced, dynamic country function with such an ancient population?

November 15, 2018 11:23 am

Japan Story: In Search of a Nation, 1850 to the Present by Christopher Harding reviewed