Japan

Theresa May says goodbye to old friends at Japan’s G20

28 June 2019 13:06

Theresa May makes her final bow on the world stage in Japan, where she is attending the G20 heads of…

Shinzo Abe and Donald Trump’s budding bromance

29 May 2019 15:59

Whenever I see pictures of Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe together I hear the theme music from the Neil Simon…

Japan’s reluctant princess, Empress Masako

9 May 2019 11:24

It’s been a big couple of weeks for royal events. On this side of the world, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor arrived.…

Will Japan’s far right spoil the new Emperor’s party?

4 May 2019 8:00

When the new Japanese Emperor Naruhito makes his first public appearance, greeting well-wishers at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo today,…

Is the EU-Japan ‘trade deal’ real – or just a stunt?

6 July 2017 19:17

There is much celebration in Brussels today about what’s being described as a EU-Japan trade deal, but for political rather than…

G20 leaders have fallen for Project Fear

5 September 2016 11:38

So, last week’s sharp rise in the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for manufacturing wasn’t a freak. This morning its twin,…

The ten best home video releases of 2015

7 December 2015 16:00

‘Tis the season for end-of-year lists. Here is mine. It’s for the ten best home video releases of 2015; which…

Lionel Barber strengthens his ties with China

21 October 2015 15:24

Last night’s state banquet saw Jeremy Corbyn join David Cameron, President Xi Jinping and Her Majesty to raise a glass…

Exclusive: Boris declares that Japan is relaxed about Britain leaving the EU

21 October 2015 13:43

Boris Johnson has recently returned from a tour of Japan. His diary of the trip appears in this week’s issue…

Boris Johnson’s history of violence

15 October 2015 12:50

Oh dear. With Boris Johnson needing to mount a political comeback pretty soon in order to have any hope of…

Should we have celebrated VJ Day?

15 August 2015 10:23

Should we have celebrated VJ Day? Hearing the hieratic tones of the Emperor Hirohito on Radio 4 the other day,…

Coffee Shots: SNP big in Japan

16 May 2015 10:15

Just when Mr S thought it was safe to go to his local watering hole now the 56 Scottish SNP MPs have…

It’s about time a man won the Booker again

15 October 2014 11:55

I bet fifty quid on Howard Jacobson winning the Man Booker. My original bet was actually on a ‘Yes’ vote below 40…

Why does the army still refuse to see any wrong in the execution of soldiers during WWI?

30 June 2014 9:41

Will the military ever see any wrong in the execution of 306 soldiers for cowardice and desertion in World War…

Tan Twan Eng interview: ‘I have no alternative but to write in English’

20 May 2013 11:10

Tan Twan Eng’s first novel was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, his second was shortlisted and then won the…

China bans Haruki Murakami’s ‘1Q84’: George Orwell would have seen the irony

27 September 2012 9:01

Books – or lack thereof – are the latest manifestation of anti-Japanese sentiment in China. The escalating dispute over the…

Hot War in the South China Sea?

5 September 2012 16:22

Like the deserts of the Middle East, the barren islands of the South China Sea now loom as a new…

Cameron’s sub-prime thinking

12 March 2012 15:06

You’d think the American sub-prime crisis would have taught politicians the world over not to try to rig the housing…

Apparently, Britain is less stable than a country in danger of collapse

23 June 2011 14:55

If there is one global index it is best not to be on, it is the Fund for Peace’s annualFailed…

The cost to a nation

3 April 2011 16:24

When the West looks at Japan, it’s strange that so much attention falls on the Japanese nuclear plants when the…