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Japan: Fukuda on the Razor’s Edge

“I think the Diet is on the verge of collapse” — Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobuttaka Machimura The streets of Tokyo and other cities in Japan are strangely uncrowded these days.... Read More...
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Tokyo: Something in the Air

Japan’s weather is turning warmer, the plum trees are in blossom – and Tokyo’s allergy clinics are filling up with people suffering from runny noses and bloodshot eyes. Tokyo ... Read More...
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Politics Ensnares the Bank of Japan

   Bank of Japan headquarters in Tokyo With world stock markets volatile and the US economy teetering toward recession because of the sub-prime crisis, one of the many conse... Read More...
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Japan’s Dilemma

Japan’s Maritime Self Defense Force is making preparations to send a fleet oiler to the Indian Ocean next month to refuel and resupply coalition warships in an operation that has been suspend... Read More...
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Tokyo Can’t Buy Beijing’s Love

After what has been described as a "historic meeting" between Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda with officials in Beijing this week to mark the 30-year-old signing of the Japan China Treaty o... Read More...
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Death of a Journalist

Kenji Nagai It was painful to witness the images broadcast worldwide on September 27. Japanese cameraman Kenji Nagai was lying on his back on a street in Rangoon. Then there was the piercing s... Read More...
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The Day the Stars Fell on Tokyo

The telephones are still ringing in Tokyo's top restaurants three weeks after Michelin published its first Asian dining guide, Tokyo Guide, 2008, and awarded the city nearly three times as ... Read More...
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Tokyo’s ‘Human Accidents’

“We regret to inform you that this train has been delayed by a human accident.” I boarded the train at Kichijoji Station on the Chuo (Main) Line around 6 pm to go downtown for my regular... Read More...
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Ginza Gets its Groove Back

After years of stagnation, Tokyo’s famed Ginza shopping area is undergoing an extraordinary renaissance. Ten years ago the area seemed to be in danger of dying. The large department stores, such as the Mitsukoshi and Matsuzakaya, that u... Read More...
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Japan’s Refueling Debate Reheated

Once again Japan is embroiled in one of those hair-splitting arguments over the extent to which it can participate in overseas military operations without bending its constitution and its war-renouncing A... Read More...