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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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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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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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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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