Caylon Neely

Is Japan being sidelined in the Korean peace negotiations?

After a third meeting between the leaders of North and South Korea and the promise of another Trump-Kim summit soon, why isn’t Japan more involved? Some commentators think Shinzo Abe has been sidelined. That maybe because he keeps pressing for answers about Japanese citizens who abducted by the North Koreans. He may also demand more …

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There is a friendly feeling about Japan in China at the moment – and visa versa.

That’s partly because of a record number of visitors from China in Japan, boosting its economy. On  the diplomatic front, Japan is avoiding clashes over the history of the war and is open to supporting China’s economic expansion. But there is still a concern about a long running territorial dispute in the East China Sea. …

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Can foreigners trust the Japanese to tell them the full truth about Japan?

Building trust with the Japanese is important. But when it comes to asking people about their country, we can’t always believe what they say. That’s because people tend to generalise about Japan, based on their own experiences and perspective. That can be a problem when it comes to business, as generalisations oversimplify the varied ways …

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Will a mix-up about mixed marriage mar Britain’s relations with Asia?

A slip of the tongue by Britain’s new Foreign Secretary has been on people’s minds in Asia. Jeremy Hunt said his wife is Japanese. In fact, she’s Chinese. Does it matter that he got muddled up? After all, he is a fan of both countries. But the intense media interest in the issue also reveals …

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Looking inside the Japanese mind: the difference between the professional and a private persona

Key subjects: The role of the working environment in communication The prevalence of ‘Tatemae’ and the difficulty to find ‘honne’ The impact of ‘unspoken rules’ and etiquette in common culture Japanese act differently A summary from Kim Christian Botho Pedersen: Looking inside the Japanese mind: 7.1 – Difference between the Japanese employee / professionals and …

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For North Korea, Japan is still Enemy Number One

North Korea claims to have dismantled a military base which was used to fire missiles towards Japan. But the Japanese Foreign Ministry insists that independent inspectors must verify the claim. That’s provoked an angry reaction in North Korean state media. It’s still fuming against Japan, even though it’s softened its tone towards South Korea and …

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Summary: How social media is being used to successfully promote international trade and investment

Organizations supporting international trade and investment facilitation are “exploring new platforms and showing greater confidence in their abilities to use social media effectively” Social media can be a great way to connect with customers abroad, building your brand, provide services and reduce the distance between you and your customers overseas. The prime steps in establishing …

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Japan and the EU offer to “light up the political darkness”

The EU and Japan are claiming that they can “light up the darkness” in an era of protectionism and trade wars. They’ve just signed a sweeping trade deal which should mean an end to tariffs on almost all goods and services. Prime Minister Abe claims it’s a sign of success in his Abenomics programme. The …

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