Tag: Japan

Nissan Got Rid of Carlos Ghosn. The Way It Did So May Prove Costly.

After the arrest last year of its chairman, Carlos Ghosn, Nissan has made a very public accounting of its management failures, from a lack of strong internal checks and balances to board meetings that lasted only 20 minutes. That frankness may play well with the Japanese public and with prosecutors, who have charged the company […]

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South Korea Launches Military Exercise for Islets Also Claimed by Japan

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea on Sunday kicked off its biannual military exercises aimed at demonstrating control over a set of islets that are the source of a territorial dispute with Japan, a move that was likely to heighten tensions between Washington’s two key Asian allies. Relations between Seoul and Tokyo are already in […]

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North Korea Launches 2 Projectiles, Its 7th Weapons Test in a Month

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea launched two projectiles on Saturday, two days after South Korea decided to pull out of a military intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan. The two projectiles were launched from Sondeok near the North’s eastern coast, the South Korean military said in a brief statement. The launching on Saturday was the seventh […]

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Japan and South Korea Stop Playing Nice

On Wednesday in Beijing, the foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan convened like feuding officemates compelled to make amends. The air around them vibrated with resentment, which had built up over months of verbal slights and legal and economic assaults, and was rooted in old histories of colonization as much as recent jockeying for […]

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Japan, South Korea and a Rupture on the Pacific Rim

A fast-escalating trade war between South Korea and Japan took a dangerous turn this week when the Koreans abandoned a military intelligence-sharing agreement with the Japanese, weakening an important source of information on North Korea and China. South Korea said it was responding to Japan’s restrictions on trade with South Korea, including on the export […]

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South Korea Says It Will Scrap Intelligence-Sharing Deal With Japan

South Korea said on Thursday that it would abandon a vital military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, a move that is likely to alarm the United States, which pushed for the arrangement in part to ensure that North Korea’s missile activity is closely tracked. South Korea’s relations with Japan have been at a low point in […]

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The Right Answer? 8,186,699,633,530,061 (An Abacus Makes It Look Almost Easy)

KYOTO, Japan — The caller read out the numbers at a speed evoking an auctioneer on fast-forward, each multi-digit figure blurring into the next. Within seconds, Daiki Kamino’s right arm shot up in the air, triumphant. Not only had he heard every number, he had tabulated them and arrived at the correct, 16-digit sum: 8,186,699,633,530,061. […]

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The Designer Making Otherworldly Dresses From Candy-Colored Organza

A fairy godmother, an overnight transformation, polyester turned into once-in-a-lifetime ball gowns. It may sound cliché, but for Tomo Koizumi, it became reality. For the last seven years, the 31-year-old Japanese designer, who is based in Tokyo, has been quietly making radically vibrant dresses created from acres of organza in topiary-like shapes and colors that […]

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Apple Will Be Bringing The HomePod To Japan On August 23

Apple’s rollout of the HomePod has been a bit slow, where unlike its iPhones and iPads and Mac computers, the availability of the HomePod is still very much limited to a handful of countries. However, the company has been slowly expanding its availability and come 23rd of August, it seems that the HomePod will finally […]

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South Korean Leader Strikes Conciliatory Tone in Dispute With Japan

SEOUL, South Korea — President Moon Jae-in of South Korea on Thursday struck a conciliatory note toward Japan after weeks of bitter feuding between Washington’s two key Asian allies, expressing hope that the two economies could cooperate to mend a worsening trade dispute. “Only when we work together will we be able to achieve joint […]

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Waning of American Power? Trump Struggles With an Asia in Crisis

WASHINGTON — For two and a half years, President Trump has said he is finally doing in Asia what he asserts his predecessor, Barack Obama, failed to achieve with a strategic pivot: strengthen American influence and rally partners to push back against China. But as violence escalates and old animosities are rekindled across Asia, Washington […]

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‘I Just Peeked Into Their World and Took Notes’: Yoko Ogawa Conjures Spirits in Hiding

ASHIYA, Japan — When Yoko Ogawa discovered “The Diary of Anne Frank” as a lonely teenager in Japan, she was so taken by it that she began to keep a diary of her own, writing to Anne as if she were a cherished friend. To conjure the kind of physical captivity that Anne experienced, Ogawa […]

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South Korea Retaliates Against Japan in Trade and Diplomatic Rift

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea retaliated against Japan on Monday in a diplomatic and trade dispute between the two key American allies, deciding to remove its neighbor from its list of countries entitled to preferential treatment in trade. South Korea’s tit-for-tat action had been expected since Japan took a similar action against South Korea […]

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U.S. Issues Travel Warning to Hong Kong Due to ‘Confrontational’ Protests

HONG KONG — The United States on Wednesday issued an advisory warning people about traveling to Hong Kong, urging visitors to “exercise increased caution” because of “confrontational” protests in the semiautonomous Chinese territory. The alert by the State Department comes two days after a general strike and widespread demonstrations shook the city, and as Chinese […]

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Carlos Ghosn Hasn’t Seen His Wife in Months. Japan’s Prosecutors Want It That Way.

TOKYO — There is a long list of things that Carlos Ghosn, the embattled former chief of the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi auto alliance, is not allowed to do as he awaits trial in Japan. He cannot leave Tokyo. He cannot use the internet outside his lawyer’s office. He cannot meet friends without informing the court. And he […]

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Japan’s 2020 5G plans may be delayed by South Korea trade conflict

Japan’s plan to launch commercial 5G services in 2020 devolved from ambitious to laggard when U.S., South Korean, Chinese, and European carriers moved up their 5G launch dates, but until now, there wasn’t much question that the country would be able to achieve that goal. Unfortunately, company officials are now warning that a trade conflict […]

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The Exhibit Lauded Freedom of Expression. It Was Silenced.

TOKYO — It was an exhibit meant to celebrate freedom of expression. Instead, freedom of expression was shut down. A long, bitter battle between Japan and South Korea over historical memory and atonement spilled over into the art world over the weekend when organizers of an international fair in Japan closed an exhibition that featured […]

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As Japan and South Korea Feud Intensifies, U.S. Seems Unwilling, or Unable, to Help

TOKYO — North Korea had launched its third barrage of short-range missiles in just over a week, parading its growing ability to strike its neighbors with devastating firepower. But instead of banding together against a common adversary, the two American allies in the path of the missiles — Japan and South Korea — were locked […]

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