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It may be painful to pander to Trump but businesses reckon it’s worth it

It was all smiles when Donald Trump met business leaders in London and Tokyo recently. They told him they want more trade with the US, despite his disruptive and sometimes confrontational approach. But for Japan, it’s also important to be nice to China – so business leaders will also welcome President Xi Jinping to Tokyo …

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Pacifist or Peacemaker: What were Emperor Akihito’s views on war?

The international media are using the start of Japan’s new era to look closely at the role of the Emperor. Reporters are interested in the words and gestures used by Emperor Akihito both during his reign and in his abdication ceremony. He was deeply committed to peace but was he a pacifist? And how was …

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