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Toshiba Goes Nuclear

Don’t shed any tears over Toshiba’s loss to Sony over next generation high-definition DVD formats. The electronics giant is increasingly putting its business emphasis on the worldwide reviva... Read More...
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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. Many motorists are hoarding gasoline or making on... 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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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 suspended since November 1 last year when the previous en... 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 ... 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 many stars as Paris. The dust is not settling. So... 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...