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  1. Welcome to Japan, Dr Singh, sorry about the mess

    Posted Dec 16th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode When Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh leaves Japan this weekend after a visit of considerable warmth, his new Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe may be tempted to get ... for trying to scupper vital reforms under his predecessor Junichiro Koizumi has raised nagging questions about his commitment to change. Downward revisions of Japan's economic forecasts have ...

  2. Supermarket superwoman

    Posted Mar 11th 2006, 12:00am by Mutsuko Murakami

    ... who grows up and overcomes all obstacles to become the owner of a big supermarket chain in Japan. Mrs Hayashi, too, started from scratch. She is the daughter of a vegetable market broker; with neither MBA nor powerful family connections, she rose to the top through her own efforts. In contrast to the traditional stodgy pattern of Japan's 'salaryman' workers, Mrs Hayashi ...

  3. Cable firm may absorb Livedoor via share swap

    Posted Apr 14th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... takeovers Reuters in Tokyo Japanese cable broadcaster Usen Corp said yesterday it might make scandal-hit Livedoor a wholly owned unit- a move that would end a chapter in the story of the internet firm that shook Japan's business world. The Mainichi Shimbun reported that Usen might absorb Livedoor through a share swap and divide the company into two: a business division ...

  4. Diplomacy put to the test by Abe's subtleties

    Posted Aug 05th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode Amid the diplomatic fallout after North Korea's missile tests last month, one of the more intriguing lines came from Japan's leading prime ministerial candidate, Shinzo Abe. His remark that pacifist Japan should consider some kind of pre-emptive strike, lost in the blizzard of headlines at the time, has taken on a life of its own. Japanese envoys are now ...

  5. Princes of J-pop

    Posted Aug 08th 2006, 12:00am by Carrie Chan

    ... their debut album, let alone a 16-year-old. But Chris Edwards, a member of the group Amplified, whose Turn It Up! was released in Japan last week, says the band have been so busy doing promotion work ... chart last month and became the closing theme of the animated TV show Gintama. Back after a tour of Japan, where they did 30 interviews and performed in Tokyo and Fukuoka, the trio are starting ...

  6. Why fight over these barren rocks, many in Japan ask

    Posted Apr 21st 2006, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... of a naval confrontation over the barren hunks of rock is lost on many in Japan. 'Both sides are refusing to discuss the issue reasonably and I think we have to ask why the Japanese government ... the Koizumi cabinet came into being, they have been pretty aggressive,' said Shinichi Nakajima, 27, a librarian in Tokyo. 'I disagree with that diplomatic approach and believe that if Japan ...

  7. Japanese investment shift forecast

    Posted Aug 15th 2006, 12:00am by Paul Moon, Paul Mooney

    ... in total foreign investment on the mainland was attributed to a peak in investing in manufacturing, increased investment costs and a less positive environment for foreign companies, the Japan ...

  8. Politics of peace

    Posted Mar 16th 2006, 12:00am by David McNeill

    ... An apparent blitz on anti-war activists in Japan has sparked fears that authorities want to silence critics of Tokyo's shift towards a stronger military role, writes David McNeill ... of Japan's Self-Defence Forces (SDF) suggesting they 'think deeply' about their decision to support a costly and illegal war. The flier, distributed around an SDF housing complex ...

  9. Sinking of Japan

    Posted Sep 01st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Lau Kit-wai Sinking of Japan is a mildly entertaining movie that shows us the country's greatest nightmare: being submerged by the Pacific Ocean. The film begins with a scary scene ... The Japanese government sets up a committee to deal with the impending doom. But the disaster hits Japan much earlier than expected. The first victim is the Prime Minister. The country- leaderless ...

  10. Have your say

    Posted Apr 04th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Tea can teach us a lesson to remember Recently, I read a book called Tea Thing. It is about the history and culture of tea, which was first found in China about 1,500 years ago. It made me think that, nowadays, we often forget about our Chinese heritage. We know many things about other countries like Japan and America, but not about China. In our daily life, too, we often eat fast ...




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