Here it's apparent that centuries-old ties between the nations can't be unwound by political rhetoric spewing from distant capital cities.
For Daniel Moss's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Beijing played a pivotal role in reviving global growth after recessions in 2001 and 2008, but things are very different now.
An increase in the consumption levy is the last thing Japan's economy needs.
Japanese businesses are starting to recognize the need to import more labor, but there's still reason to be wary of the 'I' word.
The nation's demographic decline has created an opening for the technology sector.
Struggling businesses in rural Japan show the limits of the central bank's massive easing.
The forces shaping the global slowdown predate both the U.S. president and his Chinese counterpart. The solution will take more than handshakes.
Ministers mouth the right words, but aren't empowered to solve what ails the global economy.
A higher levy would undermine the Bank of Japan's ability to consider additional stimulus.
The IMF's latest numbers show a worrisome trajectory, but they aren't terrible.