Gavin Blair

Gavin Blair

Gavin Blair has covered politics, economics, business, entertainment and culture in Japan for publications in Asia, Europe and America for 15 years.

Latest from Gavin Blair

In Japan, extreme bids to help hikikomori are causing them further distress

Some Japanese parents are paying as much as US$65,000 for companies to forcibly reintegrate their reclusive children into society.

27 Jun 2020 - 8:34PM

Some Japanese parents are paying as much as US$65,000 for companies to forcibly reintegrate their reclusive children into society.

In Japan, extreme bids to help hikikomori are causing them further distress
National security law: could Japan or South Korea take Hong Kong’s finance crown?

As some Hong Kong firms consider an exit strategy in the wake of Beijing’s national security law, Asian cities are angling for a piece of the action.

29 Jun 2020 - 5:25PM

As some Hong Kong firms consider an exit strategy in the wake of Beijing’s national security law, Asian cities are angling for a piece of the action.

National security law: could Japan or South Korea take Hong Kong’s finance crown?
After SoftBank’s massive losses and Jack Ma’s departure, has CEO Masayoshi Son lost his golden touch?

With massive losses and more boardroom departures, including Alibaba founder Jack Ma, questions are raised about who can rein in Son’s risk-taking impulses.

21 May 2020 - 10:34AM

With massive losses and more boardroom departures, including Alibaba founder Jack Ma, questions are raised about who can rein in Son’s risk-taking impulses.

After SoftBank’s massive losses and Jack Ma’s departure, has CEO Masayoshi Son lost his golden touch?
Coronavirus: Japan’s bid to ramp up ventilator production at risk of being held up by red tape

Plans for carmakers to start building the vital medical equipment appear to have been shelved amid approval processes that can take up to five months.

10 Apr 2020 - 9:52AM

Plans for carmakers to start building the vital medical equipment appear to have been shelved amid approval processes that can take up to five months.

Coronavirus: Japan’s bid to ramp up ventilator production at risk of being held up by red tape
Japan’s invisible problem: enough empty homes to house Hong Kong and no known owners

Japan has an ‘invisible problem’: ownership of an area of land the size of Taiwan is a mystery, and it’s causing problems for disaster relief programmes.

6 Apr 2020 - 9:07AM

Japan has an ‘invisible problem’: ownership of an area of land the size of Taiwan is a mystery, and it’s causing problems for disaster relief programmes.

Japan’s invisible problem: enough empty homes to house Hong Kong and no known owners
US$1 billion down, why is Japan still in love with bitcoin?

Even as other Asian nations pull back, the world’s two largest cryptocurrency thefts haven’t turned Tokyo off the blockchain phenomenon.

6 Feb 2018 - 10:38PM

Even as other Asian nations pull back, the world’s two largest cryptocurrency thefts haven’t turned Tokyo off the blockchain phenomenon.

US$1 billion down, why is Japan still in love with bitcoin?
Japan election – any party you like, as long as it’s Abe’s
Japanese pacifism: an early casualty of a nuclear North Korea?
Why Japan will profit the most from artificial intelligence
A tobacco-free 2020 Olympics ... or is Japan blowing smoke?
Trump’s travel ban evokes painful memories for Japanese-Americans
Inside Japan’s host clubs: male geishas or just pretty men?
The deeper Trump sinks, the easier Japan breathes
How Trump’s White House bid has put Japan on the defensive
Why Japan is boosting its missile defences