Japan

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…

Nuclear hysteria

22 March 2011 15:14

The above Japanese video – explaining the nuclear accident to children — makes a lot more sense than many of…

From the archives: fleeing nuclear catastrophe

18 March 2011 18:38

As the severity of the Fukushima nuclear disaster is upgraded and thousands of people are evacuated from Japan, here’s Samuel…

More woe for the FCO

16 March 2011 10:31

The Japanese tsunami is exposing the shortcomings of the Foreign Office. Embarrassingly, a team of British rescuers has been thwarted…

Meltdown danger

15 March 2011 9:01

The situation in Japan is deteriorating further. In the early hours of this morning, the last workers are said to…

When the Sea Invades

14 March 2011 2:33

Plenty of folk have posted this video of the Japanese tsunami but if you haven’t seen it yet then check…

China steps into the breach

12 March 2011 14:57

Singapore China has lost little time pledging rescue help and aid to Japan, even though it is burying its own…