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Mori Ogai, The Demands of the Day, Part 5

Ogai went to war in April of 1904. The Russo-Japanese war has been called ‘the first great war of the twentieth century’, and its pattern of rival empires failing to come to a peaceful resolution over territory which both saw … Continue reading

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Finding Nice Beer in Japan: A Beginner’s Guide

Frank Zappa once claimed `You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline`. After JAL’s recent travails, Japan is only just holding on to its airline, but it does have a `big four` group of … Continue reading

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Get a `job`: Unmissable offer from Japan Inc.

Advertisement for a `job` from Japan Incorporated. Continue reading

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Shun Fujimoto: The Bravest Sportsman

The incredible story of Shun Fujimoto, gold medal winner in Mens Team Gymnastics for Japan at the 1976 Montreal Olympics Continue reading

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How (not) to go on strike, Japan style

Over the last two weeks, I’ve had the privilege of being witness to a fascinating industrial dispute at Takaoka City Hall. Now, I know that’s not exactly a first line to set your pulse racing, but bear with me. It … Continue reading

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