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Akie Abe opines but knows her place in his story

| Jan 18, 2014

Akie Abe opines but knows her place in his story

by Philip Brasor

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 ...

Names of 2013 we're unlikely to forget

| Dec 28, 2013

Names of 2013 we're unlikely to forget

by Philip Brasor

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 ...