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At 14:46 on March 11, 2011, McKinsey and Company were getting ready for the printing of their new book Reimagining Japan: The Quest for a Future That Works.

For obvious reasons, the book never made …

In the aftermath of Norway’s worst violence since World War II, documents are beginning to emerge that show the online life that suspected killer Anders Breivik lived. One comment posted to the right-wing site Document.no …

Causing a sensation on Twitter today in Japan is a story from the Tokyo Shimbun, which reports internet cafes could need permission to offer private cubicles to customer, because of risks of abuse.

According to …

The list of TEPCO’s major shareholders has undergone some changes in recent weeks, in large because of the current instability regarding the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility.

A new investor has now appeared on TEPCO’s top …

Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan survived a no confidence motion Thursday after a surreal turn of events saw the Democratic Party of Japan turn the tables on the opposition Liberal Democratic Party.

The final result …

Embattled Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Thursday said that he would resign after rebuilding efforts for the north of Japan, which was devastated by the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and consequent events, are finalized.

Kan’s …

Japan’s fertility rate posted an increase in 2010, bringing good news to a country concerned that its population is graying.

In 2010, Japanese couples gave birth to 0.02 more children, perhaps the first small step …

Japanese politicians are not known for their eloquence, and the country has a rich history of gaffes to keep the often dour debates in parliament lively. Today’s was wonderful.

In debate with opposition leader Sadakazu …

An article in the German newspaper Die Zeit asks the question: Among the G-8 leaders, is Prime Minister Angela Merkel isolated? And it’s a fair question. After all, her nation has just promised to ditch …

It was only a matter of time: Ichiro Ozawa, a scandal-tainted lawmaker who is also one of Japan’s great political survivors, is considering supporting a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Naoto Kan, it emerged Friday.…

Japan on Friday posted its first increase on the consumer price index (CPI) in 25 months after price rises created largely by the March 11 earthquake were passed on to the public.

Supply line disruption, …

The CEO of mobile gaming company DeNA, Tomoko Namba, has announced she will step down as head of the firm in order to take care of her sick husband.

Namba is one of Japan’s few …