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Lessons of last Japanese slump

05 May 2009
Japan is currently in its worst economic slump for 35 years.

Too much production or too little consumption?

31 March 2009
The world is overflowing with products that people aren't buying. The World Trade Organisation predicts that global trade will drop by 10 percent this year. Exports from Japan, the world's second largest economy, have nearly halved from a year ago.

Britain lies exposed to the global economic hurricane

18 November 2008
Mervyn King, the governor of the Bank of England, admitted last week that Britain is probably now in recession. It joins a long list of economies which are now experiencing a downturn, including the US, Japan and the European Union.

Shockwave hits China and Japan

30 September 2008
The epicentre of the economic earthquake might lie in the US, but its echoes are being felt around the world.

Labour’s crisis: Gordon Brown tells us to eat the scraps

08 July 2008
Gordon Brown will arrive back from the G8 summit in Japan to face growing speculation that his days as prime minister are numbered.

The Meiji restoration: the threat of West drove Japan’s revolt

15 April 2008
Japan is one of the world’s most powerful economies. East Asia is one of the capitalist system’s three core regions largely because of Japan’s development.

Election defeat for Japan's ruling party as system cracks

08 August 2007
The recent elections in Japan were a huge defeat for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the right wing prime minister Shinzo Abe.

Japan’s upper house elections disastrous for ruling party

31 July 2007
Last Sunday’s elections to the upper house of the Japanese parliament were a huge defeat for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the right wing prime minister Shinzo Abe. Elections were held for 121 seats – half of the upper house. The LDP only won 37 seats, while the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) gained a majority with 60 seats.

Hey Eugene! - an optimistic album that mixes its musical ingredients

01 May 2007
Imagine music that falls somewhere between French cabaret, classical symphony, Latin jazz and pop – and throw in a few touches of Japanese film noir, big band anthems and romantic melodrama.

Korea: a history of division

21 October 2006
North Korea is facing threats from the West over its recent nuclear testing. Owen Miller looks at the history of a country torn apart by the superpowers


29 October 2005
The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London dismissed two specialist librarians on China and Japan/Korea to cut costs on 30 September.

The first Stop the War movement

08 October 2005
One hundred years ago this autumn, Russia and Japan signed a peace treaty which brought 18 months of war to an end.

Neo-liberalism is central to Japanese election

20 August 2005
Hundreds of activists and rank and file trade unionists in front of the MPs' Chamber near Japanese Parliament cheered and applauded when they heard the announcement "Vote for Post Privatisation Bill, 108. Vote against, 125". It was on 8 August, in between the memorial days of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The US’s power game intensifies the tension between China and Japan

30 April 2005
Japan has been a key element in US global policy since the US occupied the country after the Second World War. The Japanese and US ruling classes want to see greater Japanese military power.

What lies behind the anti-Japanese protests in China?

30 April 2005
China has witnessed three weekends of anti-Japanese protests. Small protests began at the start of April. Then on Saturday 9 April thousands of protesters, mainly university students, marched through the capital Beijing and smashed windows at the Japanese embassy.

South Korea

20 November 2004
The biggest workers’ rally in South Korea since 1997 took place on Sunday. Slogans included "An end to discrimination against temporary workers", "No to the Korea-Japan free trade area" and "For the withdrawal of Korean troops from Iraq". The rally was a launchpad for an indefinite strike by public sector workers to defend union rights in the face of repression by the government.

Chinese memories of occupation and imperial atrocities

22 November 2003
The Japanese occupation of China in the 1930s and 1940s is still such a live issue in Chinese politics because of the length and brutality of the occupation.

Cabinet full of horrors

19 July 2003
THE HEADLINES in the papers slammed Tony Blair as he set off this week to the US, Japan and South Korea. They reflect a now near universal feeling that his days are numbered. Just this weekend you could read "We don't trust you: Tony Blair has lost the trust of the British people over war on Iraq" (Daily Mirror). "Lost on the Third Way to nowhere. He's run out of drive and so have his policies" (Sunday Times).

The super-rich who think war is a game

26 April 2003
JAPANESE electronics giant Sony has patented the term "shock and awe" for a computer game. Sony registered the term with the US patent office just one day into the war. It wants to use it for computer and video games, as well as broadband games played over the internet by Sony PlayStation users.

US faces backlash over threat of war

11 January 2003
THE US has been caught out banging the war drum over North Korea. That threat has provoked such a strong public reaction that the governments of South Korea and Japan, both US allies, have distanced themselves from George Bush. The division of the Korean peninsula into two states is a relic of the Cold War. The US backed the South, while China and Russia at different times supported the North.

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