The sudden exit of Japan's convenience store pioneer

| Apr 23, 2016

The sudden exit of Japan's convenience store pioneer

Among last week’s dispatches from earthquake-hit Kyushu was an article in Yukan Fuji (April 19) about the “battle for food provisions” in the city of Kumamoto. “When we re-opened for business in the evening, we were immediately flooded with a rush of customers,” a ...

Deja vu as Shukan Shincho turns back the clock

| Feb 20, 2016

Deja vu as Shukan Shincho turns back the clock

The title of the Japanese government’s White Paper on the Economy for the 31st year of Showa (1956) was “The ‘postwar’ era is over.” That same year, a delegation from the World Bank headed by Alfred Watkins spent five months studying the feasibility of ...

Tabloids go nuclear on North's bomb test

| Jan 23, 2016

Tabloids go nuclear on North's bomb test

On Jan. 6, North Korea once again stunned the world with a test of what it claimed was a hydrogen bomb, ratcheting up tensions in northeast Asia. Japan might not have a viable military deterrent, but this has not prevented its weekly magazines from ...