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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
19 October 2002
THE WORLD media's attention has been so focused on George W Bush's plans to attack Iraq that little notice has been taken of the fact that the global economic crisis is getting worse. Take the three biggest economies – the US, Japan and Germany.
08 June 2002
AS THE World Cup unfolds in South Korea and Japan a very different drama is taking place near the main stadium in Seoul, the South Korean capital. The Korean government wants to deport thousands of "illegal" migrant workers to "clean up" the city while the world's media are there. It won't touch the businessmen and employers who control what the workers call "a latter day slave trade".
01 December 2001
Just how bad is the economic situation?
It is very, very serious indeed. You have for the first time in 20 years a simultaneous downturn in all three major sections of the advanced capitalist world. That is a recession in the US, a recession in Germany and across continental Europe, and a recession in Japan.
18 December 1999
AT THE start of the 20th century people across the world were promised an era of unparalleled peace and prosperity. The growth of capitalism and international trade were supposed to bring order and affluence. But the opposite was true. The Great Powers' struggle for markets and influence brought more conflict-and the wars were more terrible than before. Wars between Russia and Japan, and in the Balkans, were followed by the most bloody war in history up to that point-the First World War.
30 October 1999
WE WERE told that "it could never happen here" after the recent nuclear disaster in Japan. Yet it nearly DID happen here, according to a series of revelations in the Observer newspaper.