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Communist Japan

We often hear about Communist China but what about Communist Japan? The far left plays a significant role in Japanese politics and mixes activism with charm. Japan is a country of consensus. However it includes people with a wide spectrum of political views, from far right to far left. The Communist Party of Japan retains …

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What could a trip to the dentist reveal about economics?

Most dentists expect their patients to tell them where the pain is before they suggest a cure. The problem with countries is that they don’t always know what’s causing their economic aches and pains. In this week’s Japan Story blog, we hear the blunt diagnosis for Japan from one of the world’s leading economic forecasters. …

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Argument

Have you ever wondered why people from East Asian countries appear to be reserved in meetings, including conferences and university lectures? It could be that they are trying to avoid an argument. Both the Japanese and the Chinese prize group harmony and always seek to avoid a row. But actually, some teachers long for their …

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The gulf between Japan and Russia is widening

Russia and Japan are still bitter rivals, despite a friendly welcome for President Putin in Osaka for the latest G20 meeting. The nations went to war twice last century and Russia’s recently been conducting missile tests close to Japan’s northern border. Prime Minister Abe Shinzo Abe says he wants a peace deal with Russia. But …

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It may be painful to pander to Trump but businesses reckon it’s worth it

It was all smiles when Donald Trump met business leaders in London and Tokyo recently. They told him they want more trade with the US, despite his disruptive and sometimes confrontational approach. But for Japan, it’s also important to be nice to China – so business leaders will also welcome President Xi Jinping to Tokyo …

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