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46 articles published/printed


The blunt, blue-blooded Aso is back

| Jan 22, 2013

The blunt, blue-blooded Aso is back

by Jun Hongo

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may be the face of the new government led by Liberal Democratic Party, but Finance Minister Taro Aso is also a force in the LDP to be reckoned with. In fact, only a few politicians today can claim to have ...

North Korea 'very strange': Google chief's daughter

Jan 22, 2013

North Korea 'very strange': Google chief's daughter

Sophie Schmidt, the teenage daughter of Google chief Eric Schmidt, has shed some light on her father’s secretive trip to North Korea, writing a firsthand account of the visit to a “very, very strange” country. In a blog posting over the weekend entitled “It ...

Rag-and-bone man Kei Ochiai

| Jan 22, 2013

Rag-and-bone man Kei Ochiai

by Judit Kawaguchi

Kei Ochiai is a rag-and-bone man for the Kanto region. He drives his small truck through neighborhoods in Tokyo and Yokohama, circling the areas while sounding his pitch with a loudspeaker: “Furniture, bikes, fridges, anything big and heavy, I’ll take it.” His jovial demeanor ...