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I remember Nikkei’s journalistic values – and I’m not sure they’re much like the FT’s

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1 August 2015

9:00 AM

1 August 2015

9:00 AM

It’s nearly 30 years since I worked in Japan, but I still have a few words of the language and a certain idea of how the place worked. The role of the business press, for example, was to trumpet export successes of Japanese corporations, and not to report shenanigans in which securities firms boosted prices of selected shares by pushing them to housewife investors, to generate campaign funds for favoured politicians.

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