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Typhoon Faxai left many people without power and other services for several days when it hit the greater Tokyo region in September. NASA/Worldview

Typhoons and other disasters force Japan to rethink its city vs rural living plans for the future

Talk of moving people out of Japan's cities into rural areas is changing after the recent cyclone hit near Tokyo. Smarter, more connected cities may be a safer way to go.
Japanese Prime Minister’s Cabinet reshuffle reveals his strategy for final two years in office. CSIS/flickr

Shinzo Abe’s latest cabinet reshuffle could transform Japan

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet reshuffle is an exercise in illusion. Yet it reveals some unwelcome truths about his political present - and future.
China retaliated with tariffs on U.S. imports after Trump imposed tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese imports. Reuters/Ng Han Guan

The US-China trade war: 5 essential reads

The US-China trade war shows no signs of slowing down. Here's what readers need to know.
The components of an iPhone add up to a different cost than the phone itself. Poravute Siriphiroon/Shutterstock.com

The guts of an Apple iPhone show exactly what Trump gets wrong about trade

Trump believes the money Americans spend on Chinese imports like the iPhone goes straight into China's pockets. In reality, China gets very little value from it.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has played a lot of golf with President Donald Trump over the past two years. Japan's Cabinet Public Relations Office via Kyodo/via Reuters

Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize? Japan’s nomination is part of a strategic plan

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe needs the US to confront North Korea, revitalize Japan's economy and boost his standing at home. And he knows flattery is the way to this president's heart.
Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako at their residence Togu Palace in Tokyo, Feb. 17, 2019. Imperial Household Agency of Japan/Handout via Reuters

Japan’s new emperor is a modern, multilingual environmentalist

Japan's 86-year-old Emperor Akihito abdicates on April 30 — an exceedingly rare event for this ancient monarchy. Can his son, Prince Naruhito, give Japan's royal family a modern makeover?
Grill, a 19-year-old female California sea lion, holds a brush in her jaws after writing the calligraphy ‘Reiwa’ to mark the beginning of a new era for Japan. EPA-EFE/Jiji Press Japan

Japan: spring and prosperity the watchwords as country announces a new era

The country has reached back more than a thousand years into its early literary heritage for an auspicious name for a new era under a new emperor.

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