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SoftBank’s maestro has America and China singing his tune

July has seen an intensification of the trade war between the US and China. Most business people are worried but not, it seems, Japan’s richest man Masayoshi Son. He’s found another ingenious way to bring profits to his enormous technology conglomerate, SoftBank. He’s using Chinese money, channeled through New York, to increase SoftBank’s stake in …

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Japan’s tidy fans win support at the World Cup

Japanese football supporters amazed journalists covering the World Cup in Russia by cleaning up the sports stadium. They used plastic bags they’d brought with them to clear away their rubbish. One tabloid paper called them “the best fans in the world”. The Japanese are known as being clean and tidy but this team effort reveals …

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Is tourism polluting the charm and beauty of Japan?

Last time I walked through Shinsaibashi in the centre of Osaka, I seemed to hear more people speaking Chinese than Japanese. Most Chinese visitors to Japan say they are charmed by the hospitality of their polite hosts and this is good for relations between the two countries. But some people complain that parts of Japan …

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Why is Shinzo Abe so patient with Donald Trump?

While President Trump has been making headlines recently, Shinzo Abe of Japan has often been at his side. He joined the President in Washington, then at the G7 meeting in Canada. And although Mr Abe did not go to Singapore, he helped set the agenda for the historic meeting between Mr Trump and Kim Jong-Un …

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Would the Red Queen believe in the Trump-Kim summit?

There’s a famous line in the children’s story Alice about believing six impossible things for breakfast. Believing that the meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un will happen in Singapore next month is a bit like believing in a fairy tale. Diplomats in Japan support the idea of talks but feel the summit has been …

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Trump’s Trade War with China pits Japan against its US ally

Shinzo Abe’s friendship with Donald Trump is being sorely tested by a trade dispute over steel. Mr Trump is refusing to remove tariffs on Japanese steel imports and Japan has now responded by starting legal action at the World Trade Organisation. It leaves Mr Abe in the awkward position of siding with China in a …

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