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| Aug 17, 2015

Abe to revert to economy after war statement, defense fight

After delivering a much-anticipated statement on Japan’s war legacy and engaging in a bruising legislative fight over defense laws, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe got a reminder on why he needs to return his focus to the economy. With tepid wage growth making consumers unwilling ...

Is hospitality sapping productivity in Japan?

Jul 15, 2015

Is hospitality sapping productivity in Japan?

Customers are gods, as a saying goes in Japan, where staffers press buttons for shoppers in department store elevators and hotel porters line up to bow to guests. While Japan is revered for this hospitality, or omotenashi, all that bowing and scraping may be ...

Japan still set for 2017 tax hike despite struggling economy

Jul 3, 2015

Japan still set for 2017 tax hike despite struggling economy

The central government still plans to raise the national sales tax again in 21 months, even as the economy struggles to gain momentum following the recession caused by a hike in the levy last year. “Unless something really unusual like a large economic shock ...

Chided by Abe, Japan Inc. starts boosting investment at home

Jun 10, 2015

Chided by Abe, Japan Inc. starts boosting investment at home

Pressured by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to share some of their record profits, and by increasingly obsolescent equipment, Japan’s companies are starting to boost their investment spending. Policymakers have unleashed a public campaign to encourage the rebound, a new focus for the Abe administration ...

Two kamikaze pilots, two late reprieves, one pacifist view

Mar 3, 2015

Two kamikaze pilots, two late reprieves, one pacifist view

Hisashi Tezuka knew his life had been spared when he heard the Emperor’s voice crackling through the wireless. As Emperor Hirohito announced Japan’s wartime surrender on Aug. 15, 1945, the young kamikaze pilot was on a train to the island of Shikoku to carry ...