Japan-related Links of the Week: 24 April 2010

A run-down of some of the best Japan-related stories from this week:

After years of economic stagnation and widening income disparities, this once proudly egalitarian nation is belatedly waking up to the fact that it has a large and growing number of poor people.

Japan Tries to Face Up to Growing Poverty Problem
The New York Times (Martin Fackler)

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I was making the same amount of money as assembly line workers at auto factories.

Charm offensive: the hostess bites back
The Independent (David McNeill and Chie Matsumoto)

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Now stripped of the interest groups that supported it for so long, the LDP has failed to reinvent itself for the age of floating voters and is rapidly becoming a loose alliance of koenkai. As more politicians leave the party, it becomes harder to imagine that the LDP will ever adapt.

A New Dawn?
Observing Japan (Tobias Harris)

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