July 20, 2022

Central bank digital currency cast aside in Japan

Cash remains king in Japan. Like many other central banks, the Bank of Japan has conducted central bank digital currency experiments since 2021 to test the technical feasibility of the core functions and features of a retail CBDC ecosystem. The second phase of testing began in April 2022. But the central bank is not considering […] The post Central bank digital currency cast aside in Japan appeared first on Asia Times.
July 20, 2022

‘Failure to prosecute’ Japan turtle killers may embolden culprits: activists

  Dozens of green sea turtles were found dead or dying last week with stab wounds on their necks in Okinawa Prefecture. Many were caught in […]
July 19, 2022

Japan flirts with techno-nationalism

In May 2022, Japan’s National Diet passed its long-anticipated economic security bill. The legislation reflects growing concern about the vulnerabilities created by extended supply chains, dependence on foreign sources of critical materials and theft of intellectual property. It is the latest in a series of moves to better prepare Japan for the intensifying geopolitical competition of the 21st […] The post Japan flirts with techno-nationalism appeared first on Asia Times.
July 19, 2022

‘Everyone was startled’: The security lapses that cost Shinzo Abe his life

  The former Japanese PM’s security detail left him exposed from behind as he spoke on a traffic island and failed to shield or remove him […]
July 19, 2022

South Korea wants to mend ties with Japan, but history’s still in the way

July 18, 2022

Japan won’t limit defence budget amid Russia, China concerns

July 18, 2022

How Abe’s death could set Kishida free

TOKYO — The post-Shinzo Abe era is shaping up to be one of the most unpredictable and impactful Japan has seen in generations, both for economic and security matters. In his 284 days as prime minister, Fumio Kishida has so far cut a cautious figure. A protege of the late Abe, who was assassinated on […] The post How Abe’s death could set Kishida free appeared first on Asia Times.
July 17, 2022

Malaysians throng Japanese dance festival, defy Islamists’ stay away call

  Many Malaysians, including hijab-wearing women, turned up in kimono to revel in the carnivallike atmosphere at a stadium in Shah Alam.  
July 15, 2022

Facing energy crisis, Japanese public backs resumption of more nuclear reactors

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