An End to the Confusion Faced by Muslims Visiting Japan

Op Ed Asia

The Advisory Board of the Halal Expo Japan 2016, organised by Halal Media Japan, has announced a ‘Muslim-Friendly Certificate’, which will recommend standards for food and beverage enterprises in Japan to accomodate a growing number of Muslim tourists. The announcement comes as plans commence to establish a ‘Japan Muslim Council’ in April next year. Toshiao Endo, the director of the 500-member Japan …

Sino-Japanese Relations: Is the Door Creaking Open?

Sami Hamdi Asia, Japan

Japan has announced that its foreign minister, Fumio Kishida, will be visiting China; the first visit by a senior foreign policy official in nearly five years. At a time of increased tensions between the two nations over the Senkaku islets and Diaoyu Islands, as well as Chinese ‘expansionist’ policies and Japan’s security bill permitting it to use preemptive force, the …

Toshiba: The false marriage between Japanese and corporate culture

Yousef Hamdi Asia

Despite the dizzying heights of the skyscrapers and state-of-the-art technology at every turn that suggest a wholehearted embracing of modernity, Japan is a country that keeps traditional values at its core. From a young age children are reminded to always ‘think about how your actions affect others before acting.’ It is for this reason that a person can drop a money laden wallet on the street and have it turn up at a police station within the hour. Yet there are other parts to these ‘traditional values’ that have contributed to the country’s ‘dark side.’