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Martin Koelling of Handelsblatt, Suvendrini Kakuchi of Inter Press Service and Justin McCurry of the Guardian discuss Obama's visit to Asia, the state of the Japanese Constitution and accusations by rightists that FCCJ correspondents are anti-Japanese.

by Jim Armstrong

Yuzuru Hanyu has barely had time to dwell on the Olympic and world titles he won in the first quarter of 2014, yet he's already thinking about how to improve for next season.  Hanyu became the first Japanese man to claim Olympic gold in figure skating when he won at Sochi in February, making him one of the most recognizable celebrity athletes in the country. Already, defending his Olympic title at Pyeongchang, South Korea, in 2018 is his priority.  Read the article in Japan Today

Ayako Mie of the Japan Times, Khaldon Ahzari of Pan Orient News and David McNeill of the Independent discuss what the April tax increase will mean to the public and the administration, question whether xenophobia is raising its head, offer their take on a journalist's dream of unlimited funds and share their favorite blossom viewing spots.


by Kazuaki Nagata in the Japan Times

The parents of Megumi Yokota, who was abducted by North Korean agents in 1977, expressed hope Monday that Tokyo will use Pyongyang's economic fragility as leverage when they met for high-level talks next week.   Read the article in the Japan Times

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