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A regular up-date featuring articles written for publications

all over the world by FCCJ Correspondents

Abe woos Trump with golf

For Bloomberg, Andy Sharp reports on the first meeting between Japan's PM Abe and U.S. president-elect Trump

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is taking a page from his grandfather's playbook in using golf to form ties with an American leader. In talks with Donald Trump on Thursday, Abe presented the real estate mogul with a golf club (Japanese media said it was a driver). Trump gave Abe a golf shirt in return. Read the article

Japanese employees working themselves to death

In the Irish Times, David McNeill reports on Japan's problem of death from overwork

On late-night trains, Tokyo's corporate army retreats for the day, carriage after carriage of rumpled salarymen clutching briefcases, tired heads bobbing to the rhythm of the long commute home. The workaholic Japanese male is a well-established cliche for good reason: more than one in four Japanese companies admitted in a government survey this autumn that some workers clock in for 80 hours of overtime a month. Read the article

Tokyo Olympics: Soaring Costs and a Showdown with IOC

In the Guardian, Justin McCurry reports on rising costs and a proposed change in venues

The governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, is heading for a confrontation with the International Olympic Committee and the organisers of the 2020 Olympics over a warning that the Games could cost 3tn yen (£23bn) -- four times the original estimate - and a proposal to cancel the construction of three new venues.

Reaching Abe's "Impossible" GDP target

Japan looks to fourth industrial revolution to help reach impossible GDP target, writes John Boyd in Forbes


When Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was reelected head of his LDP last September, he set a new economic goal for the country to attain: achieve a GDP of 600 trillion yen (roughly 5.7 trillion U.S.$) by 2020, the year of the Tokyo Olympics. Read the article

Japanese Firms Team Up to Fight Baldness

In Forbes, John Boyd writes about a possible stem cell cure

Giant strides to prevent and cure caldness are being made in medical labs around the world. The latest announcement comes from Japan's largest research organization Riken, which has teamed up with two Japanese companies, Kyocera and Organ Technologies, to develop a cure based on regenerative medicine. The companies are targeting 2020 for commercialization. Read the article

Analysis of the upper house election

An upper-house election in Japan goes emphatically in favour of Shinzo Abe, says the Economist

As the results of the election for half of the seats in the Diet's upper house rolled in, Japan's prime minister, Shinzo ABe, beamed happily. And why not? Admittedly, voter turnout was low. But this was his third sweepting election victory since he and his LDP returned to power in late 2012. Read the article

SoftBank president to step down

Gavin Blair reports in the Hollywood Reporter that Nikesh Arora will not succeed as CEO

The former Google executive, criticized by investors, was tipped to succeed founder and CEO Masayoshi Son and had last year taken a large stake in the internet, telecoms and investing giant. Son is now insisting he wants to continue in his role leading the company for another 5 to 10 years. Read the article

Japan Cautiously Pushing Boundaries of Stem Cell Research

In Forbes, John Boyd looks at the question of whether humans will one day be able to regenerate lost limbs

Growing a new body part comes naturally if you happen to be a starfish, salamander or certain kinds of lizard. Humans also have limited regenerative powers. For instance, the liver can regenerate itself after much of it has been surgical removed; the tips of injured fingers and toes can grow back under certain conditions; and our largest organ, the skin, regenerates itself roughly every month. Read the article

Japan to "Fully Cooperate" with Olympic Inquiry

In the Guardian, Justin McCurry writes that PM Abe promises to cooperate with inquiry into suspicious payments by the JOC

Japan's prime minister has promised to cooperate fully with French authorities investigating suspicious payments made to a secret bank account alleged to have helped Tokyo secure the 2020 Olympics. "I have instructed the education and sports minister to fully cooperate in the investigation," Shinzo Abe told MPs on Monday. Read the article

I Was Told I Asked Too Many Questions in North Korea

In the Washington Post, Anna Fifield says she received a guided tour of a hospital, but wasn't allowed to see the whole picture

"You ask too many questions," Mr. Jan told me. "It's a little hard to work with you." My North Korean minder -- Jang Su Ung, one of two provided by the state to monitor (or "care for," in their words) three Washington Post journalists on our visit to Pyongyang - was clearly exasperated. Read the article

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