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Jun 26, 2016

METI urges local policymakers to tap big data

An increasing number of towns, cities and prefectures are tapping into the reams of big data being collected by the central government and private firms to revitalize their economies. The data, including information on population distributions, company locations and tourist movements, have been rendered ...

Can foreign media pressure force changes in Japan?

| Jun 25, 2016

Can foreign media pressure force changes in Japan?

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Former Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara’s first-person “biography” of late Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka, “Tensai” (“Genius”), remains atop best-seller lists. It is interesting to note that when Tanaka was alive Ishihara berated him as a crude opportunist. The years have obviously tempered his view, or ...

A confused, senile future awaits Japan

| Jun 25, 2016

A confused, senile future awaits Japan

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Confucius said: “When your parents are alive, serve them according to ritual. When they die, bury them according to ritual, make sacrifices to them according to ritual.” Ayako Sono said: “Old people are growing more and more selfish. Human beings have an obligation to ...

Imperial Palace tour now available without prior reservation

Jun 25, 2016

Imperial Palace tour now available without prior reservation

The Imperial Household Agency on Saturday introduced a same-day registration system for guided tours of parts of the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo so some visitors can gain entry without prior reservations. The measure was taken in line with the government’s strategy to boost ...