Politics
20 August 2001
If Britain was once a nation of shop-keepers, postwar Japan was a nation of office workers: an egalitarian hive of hard...
Politics
23 July 2001
Apathy reigned. The turnout proved lower than hoped, and young people seemed unimpressed. With such a predictable...
Politics
09 July 2001
They call it the "Koizumi effect", but "rabu rabu" (true love) is nearer the mark. Junichiro Koizumi, Japan's...
Politics
25 June 2001
You could be forgiven for thinking there is revolution in the air. "Women stride towards parity in Shimamoto assembly...
Politics
21 May 2001
''My God," muttered the friend beside me, "it's like Agincourt." Opposite, just metres away, waited a mass of people,...
Politics
02 April 2001
Japan's school system, once the envy of the west and model of the east, is falling apart. International headlines focus...
Politics
19 March 2001
It only happened once. I heard something spoken behind me, then a sound of spitting - or the anticipation of it. I...

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