Akie Abe opines but knows her place in his story

| Jan 18, 2014

Akie Abe opines but knows her place in his story

It’s no secret that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s most valuable public relations resource at the moment is his wife, Akie, whose candor contrasts vividly with the demure demeanor of most Japanese leaders’ wives. The weekly magazine Aera has suggested that Akie’s press ubiquity has ...

Dire quake forecasts fail to stir a numb public

| Jan 11, 2014

Dire quake forecasts fail to stir a numb public

Is there a level of fear above which the mind reflexively retreats from imagining the worst? The Great East Japan Earthquake was often described as being "beyond imagination," and the art and science of projecting future catastrophes has had to adjust accordingly.

Retirement homes come of age in booming market

| Jan 6, 2014

Retirement homes come of age in booming market

In order to address its rapidly aging society, the Japanese government has enacted a variety of measures since the start of the millennium, mostly related to the health care system. A more pressing matter is housing, since so many elderly people will be living ...

Names of 2013 we're unlikely to forget

| Dec 28, 2013

Names of 2013 we're unlikely to forget

Social media continues to undermine the influence of the more traditional kind exemplified by television and print publications, so my choices of most notable public phenomena of 2013 are qualified by the notion that maybe people aren’t paying as much attention to them as ...