Richard Smart

I'm a Japan based freelance writer

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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 …

Author: Richard Smart 2 years ago

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 …

Author: Richard Smart 2 years ago

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 …

Author: Richard Smart 2 years ago

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 …

Author: Richard Smart 2 years ago

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 …

Author: Richard Smart 2 years ago

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 …

Author: Richard Smart 2 years ago

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 …

Author: Richard Smart 2 years ago

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