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Japan’s Pink Kink

  The Japanese sex industry, often referred to as the “Pink Trade”, looks inexplicably kinky and oddly ritualized. But as strange as it seems, it is also pervasive and...
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Have Sushi Will Travel

Nobuyuki Matsuhisa was a 23-year-old sushi chef in Shinjuku when a Japanese Peruvian pepper farmer came for dinner. The encounter changed his life and helped to alter the patterns of global cuisine. &...
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No Setting Sun

It has long been an article of faith among economists and government planners that a declining population means an eventual decline in the prestige, power and influence of a nation. From Singapore to most of Eastern Europe to Russia, worried government p...
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A Great $4 Breakfast in Japan

Japan’s Yoshinoya chain is famous for its ardently loyal customers, usually described as hungry salarymen on a budget. In fact, you can see almost any kind of Japanese at the counters beneath the famo...
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Quiet on the Set! Action!

Last week a good friend from my days in Tokyo died at an early age from an unexpected heart attack. For someone working on the fringes of the financial community, he had an unusual measure of integrity and ...