Caylon Neely

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Japan’s Emperor called upon to apologise to South Korea

The relationship between Japan and its neighbour South Korea is in a mess. Politicians from the two countries are still disputing events which date back to the first half of the last century, when Japan occupied the Korean Peninsula. Japan says it’s apologised enough for past misdeeds. South Korea disagrees. Find out what lies behind …

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China smiles while Japan shows its dark side

When the Chinese stage an official event they want everyone to see their smiling, friendly side. That’s not always true for the Japanese. They’re prepared to present their problems to the world, including their anger. That’s a surprise for those foreigners who think of Japan as a quiet calm country without much confrontation. In this …

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Labor Laws in Japan

Japan’s labor laws are vastly different from other countries. Unlike places like the U.S. where employees are sometimes famously fired at-will and without cause, Japan’s laws are designed to protect the employees, making it very difficult for a company to fire an employee without cause and ample amounts of evidence. In order to determine your …

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The Puzzle of Prayer in Modern, Secular Japan

Tidying guru Marie Kondo has become even more famous since the start of her Netflix series. Some people see connections between religion and her healthy attitude towards material goods. What does her approach tell us about Japanese faiths like Zen and Shinto? Are they superstitions which lack much theology? Or is there something inspirational about …

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Handcuffed business hero protests his innocence from the dock

One of the most powerful business figures in Japan has appeared in court in handcuffs and wearing plastic slippers. Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn said “I am innocent of all the accusations made against me.” He said he’d been unfairly detained on “meritless and unsubstantiated grounds.” The appearance was short but it’s shown that this …

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