Public Affairs – Government

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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What is the Market Readiness Framework?

Two major sporting events, Japan Rugby 2019 and Tokyo 2020 are just around the corner, with the Osaka World Expo following in 2025. It’s the ideal time to get your brand noticed not just by Japan, but by the whole world. It is a market watched globally for its trends and technological innovations, that is …

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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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South Korean comfort woman statue

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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Handcuffed business hero protests his innocence from the dock

One of the most powerful business figures in Japan has appeared in court in handcuffs and wearing plastic slippers. Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn said “I am innocent of all the accusations made against me.” He said he’d been unfairly detained on “meritless and unsubstantiated grounds.” The appearance was short but it’s shown that this …

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