Figuring out Japan's unsolved mysteries

| Jan 7, 2017

Figuring out Japan's unsolved mysteries

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As a visit to any large public library or online search will reveal, Japan boasts a superb body of crime literature, both fiction and nonfiction. Among these, English readers may be most familiar with a half-dozen works by Seicho Matsumoto (1909-92). Many of his ...

The unbearable burden of 24/7 work

| Nov 5, 2016

The unbearable burden of 24/7 work

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There was no nonsense about the 1990s in Japan. The economy had crashed, the bubble had burst. “The age of human relationships is over,” declared a corporate executive to Aera magazine in 1996, defending the cost-cutting layoffs then gathering speed. “This is the era ...