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Japan-China Relations in 2015: The Balancing Act ContinuesKawashima Shin

This year, which marks the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II, will be a time of challenge for the Japan-China relationship. The period from now through this summer will present a number of touchstones for the improvement of bilateral ties. Needless to say, historical issues continue to be a sticking point. But since last November’s bilateral summit between Prime Minister Abe Shi…
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Professional Wrestling and the Hidden Harmony of Battle (Photos)Rodrigo Reyes Marín (Photographer)

There are strong ties between professional wrestling in Mexico and Japan. Many Japanese wrestlers have built careers in the Latin American country and substantial numbers of their Mexican counterparts have come to Japan to grapple. Japan-based Mexican photographer Rodrigo Reyes has dedicated himself to documenting the bonds between Japanese and Mexican pro wrestling.
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Bringing @Japan to JapanNippon.com Staff

Javier Castaño (@Xabel on Twitter) was born in Asturias, on the northern Spanish coast. Just before the turn of the century he moved south to the city of Malaga, where three years ago he started working as a shoeshiner in the Café Central. Despite this humble background, today Castaño is recognized as a branding specialist, with deep knowledge of diplomacy on social networks. He has received glob…
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Looking Ahead to the 2015 Round of Historical AnniversariesKawashima Shin

Years that end in 5 have been the occasion of many key events in Japan’s modern history. Just to cite a few prominent examples, the Treaty of Shimonoseki was signed in 1895, ending the Sino-Japanese War of 1894–95. Ten years later, in 1905, the Russo-Japanese war ended with the signing of the Treaty of Portsmouth. World War II ended with Japan’s defeat in 1945. In 1955, the Liberal Democratic Pa…
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Naruto’s Limits: What Soft Power Can Actually AchieveDavid Leheny

“Soft power” receives much attention in Japan as a means to project national influence on the global stage. But does soft power truly impact other nations in the way that leaders expect it to? Political scientist David Leheny argues that only diffuse forms of soft power at the popular level count in the end.
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Calls for Joint Japan-UK Action Against Crises

Former British Prime Minister John Major has urged Western nations and Asian countries, including Japan, to unite and take action against global risks and crises, as symbolized by ever-deepening confusion and conflict in the Middle East. “Both Asia and Europe have an interest in events far beyond their own borders,” Major declared in a keynote speech he delivered at the UK-Japan Global Seminar, w…
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Japan’s Top Tourist Destinations

With its skyscrapers and neon, shrines and temples, and mountains and forests, Japan caters to diverse tastes. Here we describe the key places to visit, from the snowy northern island of Hokkaidō to the sunny beaches of Okinawa.
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Japan Soccer Program Looks to ExperienceYanai Yumiko

The curtain came down on this summer’s World Cup in Brazil after Germany claimed its fourth World Cup title. It was the nation’s first such triumph in 24 years, and indeed the first since the unification of the East and West German football teams following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. (West Germany’s victory at the 1990 tournament in Italy came mere months before the official reunification…
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The Lessons of Brazil 2014Yanai Yumiko

The fifth consecutive appearance of the Japan men’s soccer team at a World Cup Finals tournament came to an early end on June 24. Striker Jackson Martinez scores Colombia’s third goal against Japan. (© Jiji Press) The team’s final record stands at one draw and two losses, meaning an exit at the group stage. Needless to say, this performance stands up poorly in comparison with Japan’s progress t…
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Brazil 2014: Greener Grass Inside the StadiumsYanai Yumiko

As I write this on June 23, we are well into the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which began on June 12, and the competition has got off to something of a tumultuous start. While host nation Brazil started well with a win over Croatia in the tournament opener, and Germany, Argentina, and other potential title challengers have also been piling up the points, defending champion Spain has been condemned to an e…
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