Public Affairs – Government Relations

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’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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Casino’s & Integrated Resorts in Japan – but is Japan ready to accept them?

A potential US$30B market; the holy grail of the Industry This article summarizes the CNN Money article: Casinos’ holy grail: Japan opens door to potential $30 billion industry Japanese parliament passed a new law early December 2016 “The world’s leading operators regard Japan as a holy grail given the potential market size” ~ analysts at brokerage …

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