Dr Gill Pratt: “If you take the driving manual and you follow those rules precisely, you’ll often get into situations where your car will get stuck and not make any progress at all. So how do you figure that out?”

Dr Gill Pratt is Toyota’s billion dollar man. The quietly spoken, unassuming academic is tasked with mapping out a future for the Japanese car giant i(...)

A pamphlet featuring Shinzo Abe at  a campaign rally in Sapporo, Hokkaido, on Sunday, October 15th: Mr Abe looks set to retain his coalition’s dominant position in parliament. Photograph: Eiji Ohashi/Bloomberg

A few months ago, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe was on the political ropes, fighting accusations of cronyism and corruption. Now, the Liberal Dem(...)

PowerPoint presentations are typically a festival of unfathomable graphs and bullet points, often read out verbatim.

An email dropped into my inbox not long ago from a man in Japan who wanted to know if I could come to Tokyo to speak at a conference. I immediately s(...)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe: dissolved the lower house of parliament on Thursday, setting the stage for an October 22nd election. Photograph: Kyodo News via AP

Politicians love to invoke crises and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe can certainly claim one on his watch. Since North Korea lobbed its first mis(...)

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald: “We’ve seen double the visits from Japanese firms to Ireland last year.”

Direct flights between Dublin and Tokyo are inevitable given the increased interaction between the two states, according to the Tánaiste and Minister (...)

Toshiba signed an $18 billion deal to sell its chip unit to a consortium led by Bain Capital LP. Photograph: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty

Toshiba signed an $18 billion deal to sell its chip unit to a consortium led by Bain Capital LP, overcoming a key - albeit not its last - hurdle as i(...)

US B-26 Invader light bombers unleash parachute demolition bombs upon supply warehouses and dock facilities at the port city of Wonsan, in southeastern North Korea, in 1951. Photograph:  Interim Archives/Getty Images

Foreign tourists in North Korea are invariably steered to the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum in Pyongyang, which documents the isolated n(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un: Friday’s test was a calibrated response to fresh sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council, following the last nuclear test. Photograph: Wong Maye-E/AP

Breakfast television in Tokyo is normally a frothy mélange of children’s cartoons, variety shows and soft news. Now for the second time in less than a(...)

 Grand Canal Dock in Dublin. The city was also chosen, alongside Shanghai, Singapore and Frankfurt, as one of the 15 centres “likely to become more significant”. Photograph: Eric Luke

The perception of Dublin as an international financial services centre continues to strengthen as the city shows further improvement in a global surve(...)

Claire O’Dwyer (75) training for the Liffey Swim, which takes place on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Claire O’Dwyer has been doing the Liffey Swim for so long she cannot remember her first one. She is 75, turning 76 in November, and she will again pa(...)