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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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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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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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