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March 11, 2011

Japan Hit by Earthquake

A powerful earthquake measuring at least 7.9 hits northeast Japan and shakes up Tokyo.

Japan’s Crisis Opportunity
March 09, 2011

Japan’s Crisis Opportunity

Arab world unrest has prompted countries to again question their dependency on oil. Japan could cash in.

Ishihara: Japan Needs Nukes
March 08, 2011

Ishihara: Japan Needs Nukes

Outspoken Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara calls for Japan to build nuclear weapons to counter a rising China.

Maehara Reportedly Quits
March 06, 2011

Maehara Reportedly Quits

Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara reportedly quits Sunday over a 200,000 yen donation.

Will Donations Derail Maehara?
March 06, 2011

Will Donations Derail Maehara?

Will accounting oversights mean Japan loses the very capable Seiji Maehara as foreign minister.

Are A-Bomb Jokes OK?
March 04, 2011

Are A-Bomb Jokes OK?

Quiz show QI caused controversy after jokes about a survivor of the Nagasaki and Hiroshima attacks. Did it go too far?

Japan to Slash China Aid?
March 03, 2011

Japan to Slash China Aid?

Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara has asked for a review of ODA to China. So what’s behind the rethink?

Japan Cracks Down on Dissent
February 25, 2011

Japan Cracks Down on Dissent

Police have been getting tough on protests over the location of US bases. Is it part of a broader crackdown?

Ishihara No Numskull
February 24, 2011

Ishihara No Numskull

Clever media manipulation keeps Tokyo’s controversial governor in the spotlight ahead of the gubernatorial poll.

Kan Needs to Attack LDP
February 22, 2011

Kan Needs to Attack LDP

Japan’s embattled prime minister should remind voters why they booted out the last lot.

Way Out for Japan's Whaling?
February 21, 2011

Way Out for Japan's Whaling?

Does the excuse afforded by Sea Shepherd harrying give Japan a way of backing out of its whaling activities?

Why Did Japan Suspend Whaling?
February 17, 2011

Why Did Japan Suspend Whaling?

Tokyo claims safety concerns over Sea Shepherd attacks prompted it to halt whaling. But is it about economics?

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