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Be it business, politics or social trends, The Asahi Shimbun AJW (Asia and Japan Watch) is the answer to your curiosity about what’s happening in Japan and the rest of Asia. This website is the English-language edition of The Asahi Shimbun, Japan’s most-respected daily newspaper.

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The AJW site offers extensive coverage of Japan and East Asian news, especially what’s happening in China and on the Korean Peninsula, to help readers grasp the implications of developments as they happen. In addition to its in-depth analysis of key events in Japan, AJW’s reporting on the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident, presented in the 3/11 Disaster section, is second to none.

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