Public Affairs – Government

Diplomats are struggling to cope with the rising threat from North Korea. South Korea wants the US to send a special envoy to try to prevent a war. Japan’s prime minister also wants robust diplomacy but sees little point in talks at this stage. Japan is trusting the US will step in to defend it. […]

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A US colonel has warned that Japan’s Self Defence Force is not ready for combat and can’t protect the country. His interview in the Washington Post appeared at almost the same time as a fatal crash involving a US Navy plane in Japan – one of many recent deadly accidents involving American personnel. Is the […]

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 “Forget the sushi, I want a burger!” was Mr Trump’s message to Shinzo Abe in Tokyo last week. On the one hand the US President’s being super friendly to Japan but he’s also determined to put America first. How should Japan best approach its relationship with a US nationalist who holds a narrow view on […]

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Visitors to the Tokyo Motor Show have been shown many marvellous machines, designed to carry us into the future. There’s even a car which steps in to calm things down if families start to argue when they are sat inside it! Many articles highlight the weirdness and eccentricity of the concept cars on show. Does […]

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Conservatives in many countries, including Britain, would like to emulate the success of Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He has trounced the opposition with a firm right-wing agenda built upon the premise of an economic revival. Yet many analysts say the arrows of Abenomics are missing their targets. Japan’s business magazine, Nikkei Asian Review, claims […]

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After Kobe Steel was revealed to have been cheating on safety standards for decades, the media is full of articles condemning Japanese business culture. The company has admitted it falsified safety records for products supplied to more than five hundred firms, including Japan’s biggest automotive firms and train manufacturers. Other companies recently tainted by scandal […]

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Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike has started a political storm which has caused Japan’s main opposition party to collapse. Her followers will now present the main challenge to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in this month’s general election. But Ms Koike herself has said she won’t stand as an MP – ruling her out of a head-to-head […]

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There are many global companies in Mie prefecture. I would like to introduce one of those companies. What are the reasons why they decide to operate in Mie?

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How many prefectures in Japan do you know? I suppose, many people know urban areas such as Tokyo and Osaka. The topic of this article is Mie prefecture, one of the best prefectures in Japan for doing business. You’ll understand the attractiveness of Mie prefecture after reading this article. Mie prefecture is located in the center […]

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To March 2016, the total public cost of dealing with the aftermath of the March 2011 nuclear accident at TEPCO’s (Tokyo Electric Power’s) Fukushima No. 1 plant topped JPY4.2 trillion, including costs for radioactive decontamination, reactor decommissioning and compensation payments to affected people and organizations, which translates into about ¥33,000 per capita. Despite strong public […]

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