Caylon Neely

Pacifist or Peacemaker: What were Emperor Akihito’s views on war?

The international media are using the start of Japan’s new era to look closely at the role of the Emperor. Reporters are interested in the words and gestures used by Emperor Akihito both during his reign and in his abdication ceremony. He was deeply committed to peace but was he a pacifist? And how was …

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foreigners wearing kimonos in Japan

Unruly, exotic and strange. Is that the Japanese view of foreigners?

Some foreigners get fed up with how we’re portrayed in Japan’s media. Either we’re figures of fun or we’re almost completely invisible. It’s rare to see a foreign character in a Japanese film or TV show. When we do show up, we’re normally portrayed in a fairly stereotypical way. This is an awfully narrow perspective. …

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What is the Market Readiness Framework?

Two major sporting events, Japan Rugby 2019 and Tokyo 2020 are just around the corner, with the Osaka World Expo following in 2025. It’s the ideal time to get your brand noticed not just by Japan, but by the whole world. It is a market watched globally for its trends and technological innovations, that is …

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Trump and Kim have stopped talking, so things may be safer for Japan

North Korea still scares Japan but maybe less than before There’s even relief Trump and Kim stopped talking Japan has long lived in fear of an attack by North Korea. But when President Trump started direct talks with Kim Jong-Un there was mixed feelings. Japanese conservatives worried it could legitimise Kim and lead to another …

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