Japan tries to shed its pessimistic image

| Feb 18, 2017

Japan tries to shed its pessimistic image

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Japan ailing? Japan suffering? Nonsense. “Japan is the richest country in the world,” proclaims Sapio magazine. And the best. And the happiest. The brightest future looms. It’s an interesting identity crisis Japan is going through. Is it a rich country or a poor country? ...

2017: a year for sumo nostalgia

| Jan 28, 2017

2017: a year for sumo nostalgia

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On Jan. 22, 30-year-old ozeki (champion) Kisenosato (real name Yutaka Hagiwara) emerged victorious in the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament with an outstanding record of 14 wins and only one loss. His promotion to history’s 72nd yokozuna (grand champion) was confirmed by the Japan ...

In uncertain times, Japan opts to save

| Jan 21, 2017

In uncertain times, Japan opts to save

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A funny thing happened on the way to the marketplace. The crowd thinned out. Consumption? Been there, done that. Enough. It’s a watershed. Minimal consumption equals a minimal economy — which equals what, long-term? The dreadful deprivation of the 1930s and ’40s fed a ...

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 ...