Uniqlo can't survive on bargains alone

| Aug 8, 2015

Uniqlo can't survive on bargains alone

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Tadashi Yanai, one of the richest men in Japan, told the Wall Street Journal last week that he was “disgusted” by the video of a couple having sex in a Beijing outlet of the clothing chain Uniqlo. The video quickly went viral in China, ...

Going for gold in the stadium blame game

| Aug 1, 2015

Going for gold in the stadium blame game

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Yoshiro Mori, former rugby player and prime minister, and current head of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics’ organizing committee, is not a man of few words. When the current prime minister, Shinzo Abe, took it upon himself to discard the design for the new National ...

Japan's masochistic approach to immigration

| Jun 13, 2015

Japan's masochistic approach to immigration

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The Asahi Shimbun’s online newsmagazine, Webronza, recently featured a conversation between former Asahi reporter Mieko Takenobu and sex-goods purveyor Minori Kitahara. They discussed the latter’s brief imprisonment after being busted for displaying “salacious material” at her store associated with the controversial “vagina artist” Rokudenashiko. ...

Blame batted about for stadium blunder

| Jun 6, 2015

Blame batted about for stadium blunder

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The media is still very positive about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but its ardor has cooled significantly with regard to the way the central government is holding up its end of the bargain. When Tokyo was selected by the International Olympic Committee in Buenos ...

A media circus surrounds Japan's animal acts

| May 30, 2015

A media circus surrounds Japan's animal acts

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The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums has voted to stop buying dolphins captured during drive hunts conducted by fishermen in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture. For the past decade, the town has received a great deal of negative publicity because of its dolphin slaughter, and ...