China mimics worst of 'Abenomics' at worst time

Nov 2, 2013

China mimics worst of 'Abenomics' at worst time

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If imitation really is the greatest form of flattery, Shinzo Abe should be thrilled the Chinese are copying his “Abenomics” strategy to excite investors. The rest of the world shouldn’t be. China isn’t cribbing the prime minister’s actual blueprint, but his formula of spin ...

Oct 26, 2013

Is job hunting a suicide risk?

The stress of job hunting has become so extreme in recent years that one in five college students contemplates suicide during the job-hunting process, according to a poll taken last summer.

Oct 26, 2013

Teachers add up days of overtime

Teachers at Japanese elementary and secondary schools log an average of 95 hours of overtime per month. It's no wonder some might be falling asleep along with their pupils.

Oct 24, 2013

Mr. Abe's undemocratic secrecy bill

An Abe administration-sponsored bill to protect national security "secrets" will undermine freedom of the press and people's right to know. Diet members should oppose it.

Oct 22, 2013

Turn Japanese-Korean ties around

The chilly state of diplomatic relations between Japan and South Korea threatens to harm security cooperation among the two countries and the United States.

Belarus deals Japan another defeat

Oct 16, 2013

Belarus deals Japan another defeat

Japan will head home empty-handed from its Eastern Europe tour as the Asian champions went down meekly 1-0 at the hands of Belarus on Tuesday. Yan Tigorev’s strike just before halftime sent Belarus past Alberto Zaccheroni’s side, which lost yet again to a team ...

Japan slumps to away defeat against Serbia

Oct 12, 2013

Japan slumps to away defeat against Serbia

Dusan Tadic scored with a clinical finish and substitute Milos Jojic added a late second as Japan was sentenced to a comprehensive 2-0 defeat to Serbia in an international friendly on Friday. Japan created few chances and Tadic opened the scoring for the Serbs ...

Oct 10, 2013

IMF tells Japan not to back off from reforms

The International Monetary Fund warned Wednesday of the risk of global financial instability if Japan fails to implement fiscal and structural reforms while the United States scales back its quantitative easing. “Japan is scaling up monetary stimulus under the ‘Abenomics’ framework,” the IMF said ...

Kids take artful approach to peace-building

Oct 10, 2013

Kids take artful approach to peace-building

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Despite the troubled relations between their countries, children in Japan and North Korea are joining hands again to promote peace using drawings. Relief Campaign Committee for Children, Japan, a Tokyo-based nongovernmental organization, has been organizing exhibitions since 2001 featuring pictures drawn by children from ...

Oct 9, 2013

IMF cuts Japan growth estimate

The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday slashed its global economic growth projections for the year, saying the Japanese economy will slow down due to factors such as the planned sales tax hike next April. In its World Economic Outlook, the IMF also urged the ...

'Mothers of golf' tested themselves abroad

Sep 26, 2013

'Mothers of golf' tested themselves abroad

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Hisako “Chako” Higuchi and the late Ku Ok-hee of South Korea are regarded as the “mothers of women’s golf” in their countries and followed a similar groundbreaking path to the top by challenging themselves overseas. Higuchi said that when she turned pro in 1967, ...