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Lionel Laurent
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 8, 2020
How do you lift a coronavirus lockdown? Ask Austria
Ending strict confinement measures should be done extremely carefully.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jan 14, 2020
The not-so-irreversible Renault-Nissan alliance
Carlos Ghosn's dramatic escape reopens old wounds and shows how tough it is to keep two politically-sensitive and financially lop-sided carmakers together.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 22, 2019
The Jack Bauers of Europe love facial recognition
As regulators wake up to the threat of this technology, governments are pushing back with an unconvincing public-safety defense
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jun 11, 2019
Maybe Ghosn wasn't so bad after all
The architect of the Renault-Nissan alliance did a somewhat better job of managing the power games between France and Japan than his successors.
COMMENTARY / Japan
May 14, 2019
Macron gets it all wrong over Nissan
It's hard to fathom why France is still seeking a Renault merger, even after the idea helped bring down Carlos Ghosn.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Apr 5, 2019
The Renault-Nissan alliance vs. Carlos Ghosn
The former chairman is being hung out to dry over alleged misconduct allegations, but no one will come out of this saga looking like a hero.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 14, 2018
World's biggest Bitcoin-mining rig maker Bitmain eyes move into AI
The 1980s cyberpunk novels that predicted today's internet failed to conceive of anything as outlandish or contradictory as Bitcoin: A digital currency that's spent nowhere, a commodity that's used for nothing, and a libertarian dream that is effectively run by elites.

Longform

The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan