IIST e-MagazineIIST e-Magazine No.0277
30, March, 2018

The Nobel Prize in Literature Today
Ishiguro's Success and the Japanese

Yoshihisa Kato
Chief Editor
Cultural News Section
Kyodo News

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro. Thrilled at the success of the Japanese-born laureate, the Japanese public has rushed to embrace him. The award is very much in the media spotlight these days, due not least to the selection of Bob Dylan as a laureate. Here I look at the Nobel Prize in Literature today and its connection to Japan.
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Series: Looking for the Real Russia—Insights from Japan-Russia Experts (4)
European businesses in Russia, now and in the future

Dr. Frank Schauff
Chief Executive Officer
Association of European Businesses (AEB)

While many European companies in Russia are still facing legal uncertainty in the business climate, businesses in general see some signs of economic recovery, such as a relatively high rate of direct investments. The potential threat of new US sanctions makes the European businesses concerned about the toxic business environment which can also affect the interests of foreign investors.
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Knowledge and Enthusiasm are the Key
Kyushu Promotional Tour 2017* (2)

Tom Vincent
Political Commentator
CEO, Tonoloop Networks Inc.

The Kyushu Promotional Tour 2017 was organized by IIST in conjunction with the Kyushu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry with the aim of boosting the number of foreign tourists visiting Kyushu. Tom Vincent took part in the tour as an advisor, and here we present his second part of the report.
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* Articles are written by METI officials and specialists, economists, journalists, and experts in various fields. It should be noted, however, that views expressed do not represent the official position of the Japanese government or of IIST.

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