Japan

Princess Mako Of Japan Marries Kei Komuro

A wedding fit for a commoner

Image of the week: Japan’s Princess Mako trades her royal title for love in a simple ceremony so not to rile her family and the Japanese public
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Shinzo Abe went to Canada, and all he got was this corny door-knocker

Image of the week: After a pleasant visit to our nation’s capital, the Japanese PM and his wife installed the beaver-shaped hardware back home—and showed it off on Instagram
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With a new emperor, Japan’s male-centric royal rules are under scrutiny

Emperor Akihito’s abdication exposes the fragile underpinnings of the world’s oldest monarchy
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The Liberal Party insider who saved the TPP trade deal

After Trudeau’s no show at a leaders’ meeting in Vietnam, the trade deal seemed at risk. So Canada sent Ian McKay to repair the damage.
U.S. President Donald Trump Visits South Korea – Day 1

The real challenge America faces in East Asia’s new geopolitical game

Opinion: Donald Trump’s Seoul visit reveals the potential fade of U.S. influence in East Asia, as South Korea seeks a true way forward on North Korea
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For the record: What Obama said in Hiroshima today

’The memory of the morning of Aug. 6, 1945, must never fade’
Canadian Bank Branches As Earnings Figures Are Released

Negative interest rates? That’s a negative.

Interest rates in Japan and Europe are now less than zero. That’s not a disaster—but it could lead to one.
Greenpeace activists tracking the Japanese whaling fleet, Southern Ocean, Antarctica

Outrage, but no surprise, as Japan returns to hunting whales

A year after the International Court of Justice ordered Japan to stop the hunt, whalers are once again taking to the seas
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The politics of Kendo

Book review: Alexander C. Bennett’s Kendo: Culture of the Sword
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The impact of oil prices, from A to Y

March 26: A journey from Alberta’s budget to air strikes in Yemen. Plus, a painfully bad date with a Japanese ramen brand