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47 articles published


Japan can learn a lot from Detroit's recovery efforts

National Aug 7, 2018

Japan can learn a lot from Detroit's recovery efforts

by Minyoung Park

Five years after Detroit filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, the city is starting to recover economically through efforts to fill vacant homes and rebuild the once-desolate downtown. Japan, witnessing depopulation on a massive scale due to its aging society and low birthrate, ...

Japan Tobacco to buy Bangladesh firm for $1.5 billion

Business / Corporate Aug 7, 2018

Japan Tobacco to buy Bangladesh firm for $1.5 billion

Japan Tobacco Inc. has agreed to buy a Bangladeshi cigarette manufacturer for 124.3 billion taka ($1.5 billion), taking its acquisition strategy to one of Asia's fastest-growing economies. The Tokyo-based company is acquiring the tobacco business of Akij Group, the second-largest tobacco company in Bangladesh, Japan ...

Swedish roots in Japan's taxonomy

Art Aug 7, 2018

Swedish roots in Japan's taxonomy

by John L. Tran

While Japan's historical sakoku period of isolation may have limited any contact it had with Sweden what did transpire between the two nations is of historical, scientific and artistic importance.

'Reading Leo Lionni, Again'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Aug 7, 2018

'Reading Leo Lionni, Again'

by Yukari Tanaka

Aug. 11-Sept. 24 For kids, Swimmy — a smart black fish among red siblings — is a familiar eponymous character from a Leo Lionni picture book that is widely read at elementary schools in Japan. Lionni (1910-99) wrote his first children's book, "Little Blue and ...