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 AOYAMA VIEW

ARCHIVE 2009 - 2017

2017

20 December 2017
"Look back at 2017: commotion around Japan, but steady and safe here"

11 December 2017
"Missiles, footballers and fishermen from North - Big spending on child care to get more mothers working"

28 November 2017
"Foolish things sell in retail, but sports are to be serious"

20 November 2017
"Making China Great - with Gaffes, Platitudes and Bullying"

10 November 2017
"Good news week: Finland business grows, EU trade deal gets cleared, Nikkei hits new heights and Trump visit goes smoothly"

20 November 2017
"Making China Great - with Gaffes, Platitudes and Bullying"

1 November 2017
"Japan: Endless Discovery"

21 October 2017
"Power play in Japan and elsewhere - some potentially serious, some not"

10 October 2017
"Abe's useless snap election sparks big changes he did not count on"

26 September 2017
"North Korea boost Abe popularity - opportunity to extend his rule"

7 September 2017
"Kims'allah, Japan is OK and doing well"

28 August 2017
"From North Korea's missiles to Turku Terror and US Navy Mishaps"

17 August 2017
"Raining cats and dogs, missiles and threats, but strong sunshine in economy"

27 July 2017
"Forests, floods, fish and consumer prices - stories too good and data too bad to be true"

21 July 2017
"From Cool Finland to Hot Tokyo: A Round-Up of Recent Happenings"

26 June 2017
"Anniversaries and Memories: Finland, Japan, USA."

19 June 2017
"Rainy Season in Japan, Political Storms in Europe"

8 June 2017
"Trump impact spreads - Japan struggles with workforce issues"

30 May 2017
"Taormina to Tokyo: Heavyweights and fashionable ladies"

"New Missiles, Diet Debates, Yet Big Business in Big Profits - Down on Ground Challenges Remain Basic and Simple"

9 May 2017
"Golden Week, Special Trains, Luxury Spending, Even North Worries Makes for Good Business"

20 April 2017
"North Korea, USA both worry Japan - Koike worry Abe and LDP even more"

5 April 2017
"Spring, Sakura and New Year Start in Japan - Commotion, Tensions Rise Around the World"

27 March 2017
"Questions Unanswered, Unasked – Lifestyle and Surveys Bring Light"

21 March 2017
"Finland in Focus: Friendship, Dictionary, Music, Food - Even Elevators?"

13 March 2017
"Uncertainty Increases Around Japan - At Home Rebuilding Uncompleted in 6 Years - Abe Popularity Takes a Hit."

3 March 2017
"Book Readers, Police Jokes, Nerdy Napoleon and Poison Scare"

24 February 2017
"Populism, Ignorance and Isolationism Leads to Mayhem and Mess"

16 February 2017
"Golf Diplomacy, Chocolate Festa and Hokkaido Deams-Come-True"

9 February 2017
"Tokyo overcoming winter, business changes, political battle and Trump threats "

2 February 2017
"Warm Feelings in Japan, Wild Winds from USA"

20 January 2017
"Ready for Rooster? It will be a wild ride!"

2016

17 December 2016
"AOYAMA AWARDS: THE BEST AND THE WORST IN JAPAN 2016"

9 December 2016
"Finland independent with free word, good education - Japan and USA: Abe to Pearl, Son in Trump Tower"

4 December 2016
"Statistics, politics and plain bad management - difficulties to plough through it all "

24 November 2016
"TPP is dead – or is it? What comes next?"

14 November 2016
"US uproar shakes up the old world order, Korea in turmoil"

2 November 2016
"Showdown in U.S., Japan battles on"

25 October 2016
"Nobels, Narita and Niigata - Olympics and popularity politics"

26 September 2016
"In autumn downpours, Japan's wheels are slipping"

16 September 2016
"Moomins, Metsä, Mitsubishi and missiles - business, politics and sports"

6 September 2016
"Uunivited Guest Crashes the G20 Party"

31 August 2016
"It's not Super Mario, It's Super Abe! -- And Super Japan! "

8 August 2016
"Summer holidays, heat, rush and relax, while the world keeps turning"

12 July 2016
"Fog of uncertainties ahead: Japan, Britain, China and USA, each in their own way"

24 June 2016
"UK Splits, shakes EU, even Japan"

13 June 2016
"Rainy season: it's pouring on Prime Minister "

30 May 2016
"Obama is a Class Act, G7 Meeting Was for Japanese Audience "

8 May 2016
"With More Headaches at Home, Abe Takes Golden Week Europe Tour "

23 April 2016
"Dramatic Giant Quake, Business Slowdown, Election Mode in Politics"

7 April 2016
"Tokyo Great City, Japan hmmm...Colorful People "

22 March 2016
"Spring energy, child care and train travel "

11 March 2016
"Five Years from Japan "3-11" - Making Best Out of Gigantic Recovery Task "

28 February 2016
"A Dig Deeper into Politics: Ignorance, Camouflage, Chicanery "

15 February 2016
"Markets in turmoil, economy in decline, challenges grow for Abe"

5 February 2016
"Minister scandal distract, economy slow down, Kuroda rides for rescue "

28 January 2016
ABE: THE REALITY BEHIND ALL THAT TALK "

20 January 2016
"Bear Outlook for Monkey Year Grows, Taiwan Votes to Keep Distance from China, but Pop Group is More Important for Many "

12 January 2016
"NEW YEAR VIEWS - AND A LOOK BACK AT 2015"

2015

17 December 2015
"Global Environment, Food Tax, National Stadium: Historical Decisions or Political Parading? "

8 December 2015
"Challenges in Paris Conference, Challenges Back Home in Japan "

27 November 2015
"Refugees, bombs, business and global warming - can we control them all? "

3 November 2015
"Japan, USA, UK or Germany - China Impacts Us All Today "

22 October 2015
"New Ministers, New Trade Deals, All Political Play"

7 October 2015
"Power games, ball games, trade deals and refugee misery"

25 September 2015
"Big Problems, Big Talk and Big Figures - Each in Their Own Way".

9 September 2015
"Challenges in Japan, Tougher in USA and Europe ".

1 September 2015
"Looking at Neighbors, Japan Seems Stable and Safe ".

19 August 2015
"End Summer, Ceremonies and Holidays Over, Back to Work for All".

6 August 2015
"Hot Weather, Hot Air in Politics - From War Anniversary to Whisky in Space".

23 July 2015
Greece, China, EU, Japan: looking for the lost reality

23 June 2015
World No.1 City? The Difficulty of Passing New Laws, the Easiness of Spending a Lot

16 June 2015
"Only in Japan?" - Somethings, Yes, But Others Are Same All Over

4 June 2015
Security and Finances: Pensions, Companies, Banks, Olympics, FIFA

21 May 2015
Economy Back on Track, Record Profits at Big Companies

11 May 2015
Spring Events: Odaiba Rock, Shibuya Sex, Capitol Hill, White Hall and Red Square

22 April 2015
Elections, Elections - Finland, Japan, Around the World

30 March 2015
Sakura: beautiful, but just for a short, fleeting moment

16 March 2015
Better late than never - Japan moves slowly

2 March 2015
Three struck out, three more in doubt - Abe's ministers under attack again

19 February 2015
Spring, Sibelius, Chocolate, Budget and Big, Bad Putin

5 February 2015
Reform Work Starts - Energy, Farming and Food on Wish List

26 January 2015
Terror strikes, plenty work, sad memories wait

15 January 2015
Watching AKB, Eating Mochi, Spending JPY 96 Trillion - Japan Off to Better 2015 After So-So 2014

2014

18 December 2014
Snap Election Over, What's Ahead? Time for Xmas, New Year Holiday

27 November 2014
Japan: too many elections, too many politicians - Finland: Moomin power!

12 November 2014
BOJ Ups Ante, Abe's Encounter in Beijing, Election in Tokyo?

28 October 2014
Money Scandals with Ministers, Economy and Reforms Bogged Down - Abenomics is Facing Demise, Internal Political Commotion Gains Again.

14 October 2014
Water as Fuel, LED Lamps and Nobels - Japan Tech Still at the Top of the World

25 September 2014
Scotland Challenges Britain - Finland Tries to Live with Russia

11 September 2014
Sport Stars, Ministers and Managers - More Women are Needed by Japan

2 September 2014
Bad News and Panic in the Park, Putin Planes over Moomin Island?

20 August 2014
Hot Summer, Heavy Rains, World on Fire, Economy Sputtering PM Looks Tired

25 July 2014
From World Cup Fun Back To Grim Reality

23 June 2014
Soccer shows New Japan, Olympics old men business

3 June 2014
Nationalism - Good for Economy, Soccer - Dangerous in Foreign Politics

21 May 2014
Energy for Summer? More Scarce Than Politicians' Will foe Endless Ddebates

12 May 2014
Economic Outlook: Consumers Still Genki, Companies Profitable

30 April 2014
Travels, Trade Deals and Security Concerns

3 April 2014
Colorful stories and scandals, serious tax challenge to consumers

20 March 2014
Putinisms, Abeisms, Obama, XI – Global Challenges Hit All At Home

21 February 2014
Snow and Smile for People, Serious Faces for Leaders

10 February 2014
Abenomics, Abeisms, Now Abefication – He ia All Over. For Some He Was Target Even in Tokyo Local Election

23 January 2014
Three Wise Men VS. One PM, Two Ex and a Colorful Crowd
  -  Business Doing Well, Politicians Think They Know Better


16 January 2014
New Year: Horse, Sports, Budgets, Polls and Moomin

2013

18 December 2013
From Abenomics to Abeisms – and Back Again?

27 November 2013
Economy is roses, Russia Friend Now, Fukushima, China Remains a Problem

21 October 2013
Movies, Books and Big Money Games - New Connections Between Finland and Japan

1 October 2013
Boats, birds, airplanes and movies

16 September 2013
Tokyo 2020 - a dream come true

28 August 2013
It's hot, hot, hot - but baseball rules

9 August 2013
Busting popularity and economy on mend, now more arrows, real progress?

12 July 2013
Travel Report from Finland - plus some more

19 June 2013
FCCJ Moves, Japan Moves

12 June 2013
Abe, Abe, Abe all over - but can he really deliver?

2 May 2013
New Moves in Trade and Foreign Politics - and some more

25 April 2013
Missiles, Quakes and Wawes - Financial Ones

26 March 2013
Spring is here, New Colors, Free Trade

27 February 2013
Election Politics Behind Budget, Economics, Diplomatics

15 February 2013
Update on Abenomics, Japan's Powerful Ladies

25 January 2013
Another View on New Year

18 January 2013
New year, new prime minister, new Japan?

2012

13 December 2012
Here we go again - around the mulberry bush···

24 October 2012
It's not just some foresaken islands....

10 September 2012
Summer ends, action starts

14 August 2012
Olympics, economy, business and of course some politics...

20 June 2012
Politics and football, prime ministers like pop stars - how to combine serious with fun

24 May 2012
The new Skytree: Hope it can keep its lights on!

8 May 2012
Politics: Winds of Change in Europe and Japan - For Better or Worse?

11 April 2012
Spring in Tokyo, Dark Clouds in Nagatacho

1 March 2012
Tokyo Delights

2 February 2012
Two Admirals - Lesson in History

11 January 2012
The Future and the Past

2011

18 December 2011
What a year it has been!

10 November 2011
Eurospectacle spirals on

25 October 2011
Politicians to blame again - this time in Europe

27 September 2011
Black Belt but no Hercules -Huge tasks wait for Noda

19 May 2011
"Eccentric" Finland

11 May 2011
Getting back to normal: Criticism is now OK!

27 April 2011
Getting back to "normal"

12 April 2011
"JAPAN 3-11" - Notes and Learnings

22 February 2011
Who's afraid of the mighty yen?

28 January 2011
China as No. 2

12 January 2011
Best aqnd biggest 2010-11?

2010

13 December 2010
Finland in Japan News Focus

27 September 2010
Gone Fishing...

1 September 2010
Summer fun ends, autumn troubles wait

5 August 2010
Summer musings

9 June 2010
Shanghai Expo shines, serves China well

12 May 2010
Lack of leadership, party politics ruin lofty principles, all credibility lost - Hatoyama has to go!

24 April 2010
Roll up your sleeves....oh, I can see they're up already!

8 March 2010
Finland's good image in Japan - can it last?

10 February 2010
Hatoyama: can he pull it through?

29 October 2009
How's Hatoyama doing?

7 October 2009
Japan new government - expectations, targets, challenges and risks

31 August 2009
Japan election result
- as expected


28 August 2009
Japan election August 30 - final update

29 July 2009
Japan politics: revolution on August 30?



About the Columnist

The columnist is a Japan veteran among Finnish business, our Chamber ex-president and today Member of the Board of Trustees.
After running a major Finnish industry company's Japan business for over 20 years, he is now Senior Associate in a strategic consulting company.

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