Japan: country of the future?

Japan: country of the future?

Those outside of Japan often view it as a “country of the future”; a place with gleaming cities, super-fast wi-fi and the cutting edge of innovation. That is true to some extent, but in recent times it feels that this rocky archipelago appears to be headed backwards into the past.

As a result of last year’s tsunami, kerosene is replacing nuclear energy; deflation, not inflation, is rife; and in the book world, publishers are clinging energetically to print, when in places such as neighbouring South Korea—with its robust digital market—publishers seem to have abandoned physical books al...

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