Sannenzaka Correspondence

Editors’ Diary 15/07/2023

From the Telecom Center Tower, Tokyo

Lately, I have frequently encountered Nepalese store clerks at Lawson convenience stores within the Hongo campus of the University of Tokyo, as well as at the nearby FamilyMart. By the way, I have been residing in a town in Tokyo that was once home to a shipyard before my visit to Tohoku last year.

Nepal, a country situated between China and India, has seen the repeated rise of Maoism to power, an unfamiliar political force within the OECD region, including Japan. With a focus on the India-China relationship, I have taken the opportunity to inquire about the reasons behind this phenomenon from these Nepalese individuals.

Shifting the discussion, both the esteemed German newspapers Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) and Welt have prominently featured economic articles on the automotive industry in their web editions. This momentum reflects a significant level of interest, with political and social issues taking a back seat, in topics related to China and Russia. In the realm of international media, Politico, an American media outlet specializing in D.C. politics, extensively covered a photograph of former President Trump at a combat sports event ringside.

Although crossing national boundaries, both Politico and Welt fall under the umbrella of the same global media conglomerate. The latter holds a special place in my heart, as its headquarters are located in the city where I pursued my undergraduate studies.

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