Monthly archive for September 2011

Ageing with grace

This week has been full of promotional activities. We have had two seminars in the Embassy auditorium related to health care and…

Nejire kokkai ねじれ国会

In Japanese there is an expression called nejire kokkai, ねじれ国会, which roughly can be translated as ”a twisted Parliament”. It refers to…

Renewable sources of energy

Recently I was present at the inauguration of the new “Japan Renewable Energy Foundation” (自然エネルギー財団). The founder is the chairman and CEO…

There is so much more

Tokyo is the biggest city in the world, with a population of over 36 million people. It is an amazing city with…

Poetic similarities

The Swedish writer, Harry Martinson (1904-78), who shared the Nobel prize in literature in 1974, was an avid reader of classical East…

Positive attitudes

The catastrophe that struck Japan on March 11 has of course had serious consequences for Japan, its society and its industry. But…