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Is Japan being sidelined in the Korean peace negotiations?

After a third meeting between the leaders of North and South Korea and the promise of another Trump-Kim summit soon, why isn’t Japan more involved? Some commentators think Shinzo Abe has been sidelined. That maybe because he keeps pressing for answers about Japanese citizens who abducted by the North Koreans. He may also demand more …

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There is a friendly feeling about Japan in China at the moment – and visa versa.

That’s partly because of a record number of visitors from China in Japan, boosting its economy. On  the diplomatic front, Japan is avoiding clashes over the history of the war and is open to supporting China’s economic expansion. But there is still a concern about a long running territorial dispute in the East China Sea. …

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Can foreigners trust the Japanese to tell them the full truth about Japan?

Building trust with the Japanese is important. But when it comes to asking people about their country, we can’t always believe what they say. That’s because people tend to generalise about Japan, based on their own experiences and perspective. That can be a problem when it comes to business, as generalisations oversimplify the varied ways …

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Will a mix-up about mixed marriage mar Britain’s relations with Asia?

A slip of the tongue by Britain’s new Foreign Secretary has been on people’s minds in Asia. Jeremy Hunt said his wife is Japanese. In fact, she’s Chinese. Does it matter that he got muddled up? After all, he is a fan of both countries. But the intense media interest in the issue also reveals …

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For North Korea, Japan is still Enemy Number One

North Korea claims to have dismantled a military base which was used to fire missiles towards Japan. But the Japanese Foreign Ministry insists that independent inspectors must verify the claim. That’s provoked an angry reaction in North Korean state media. It’s still fuming against Japan, even though it’s softened its tone towards South Korea and …

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Japan and the EU offer to “light up the political darkness”

The EU and Japan are claiming that they can “light up the darkness” in an era of protectionism and trade wars. They’ve just signed a sweeping trade deal which should mean an end to tariffs on almost all goods and services. Prime Minister Abe claims it’s a sign of success in his Abenomics programme. The …

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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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