Japan

Does an emperor’s illness really bring Japan to a halt?

13 August 2016 9:00 am

The end of an emperor — 82-year-old Emperor Akihito of Japan has announced that he wants to abdicate, partly, he…

Could your office be killing you?

6 August 2016 9:00 am

Japanese housewives are so convinced of the value of office work that they get angry if their husbands come home…

Portrait of the week

30 July 2016 9:00 am

Home The collapse of BHS after Sir Philip Green had extracted large sums and left the business on ‘life support’,…

‘Three Mackerel’ (oil on board), Sara Hayward, private collection Bridgeman Art Gallery

Squirrel pie? Now try freshly beheaded turtle

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Elisabeth Luard chews over the relationship between food and place, but her rich concoction doesn’t quite hit the spot, says Philip Hensher

Scottish Opera could have a hit on its hands with this new Mikado

14 May 2016 9:00 am

You have to be quite silly to take Gilbert and Sullivan seriously. But even sillier not to. G&S is still…

Does the great Bach conductor Masaaki Suzuki think his audience will burn in hell?

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Damian Thompson talks to the great Bach conductor — and strict Calvinist — Masaaki Suzuki

Why are children in Guernsey extolling Islam to their parents?

27 February 2016 9:00 am

I have never been to the island of Guernsey. This is a large world and we have a finite amount…

Whether or not Britain leaves, the EU must change or fall apart

20 February 2016 9:00 am

David Cameron’s attempt to renegotiate Britain’s EU membership has served as a powerful reminder of the case for leaving. The…

Portrait of the week

20 February 2016 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, spent time in Brussels before a meeting of the European Council to see what…

Portrait of the week: English lessons, civil partnerships, the price of oil

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said that Muslim women must learn English, and that those who had entered on…

The rise and fall of Sony

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Sony was the Apple of its day and more. Stephen Bayley charts its years of creativity unrivalled in the history of consumerism

Boris Johnson’s diary: Amid the China hype, remember Japan

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Frankly I don’t know why the British media made such a big fat fuss last week when I accidentally flattened…

Detail of the bridge of the kora, a harp made from calabash and cow hide, with strings aligned in a perpendicular plane

The polyphonous Babel of global music

17 October 2015 8:00 am

‘Following custom, when the Siamese conquered the Khmer they carried off much of the population, including most of their musicians,…

What is it about Bill Viola’s films that reduce grown-ups to tears?

17 October 2015 8:00 am

What is it about Bill Viola's films that reduce grown-ups to tears? William Cook dries his eyes and talks to the video artist about Zen, loss and nearly drowning

The good economic news that we forgot in the China panic

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Home from the hot Aegean, huddled by the fire as rain ruins the bank holiday weekend, I’m thinking: what gloom…

Spectator letters: Atomic morality; Norman Stone on migrants and Greek islands

22 August 2015 9:00 am

The morality of the A bomb Sir: In questioning whether we should celebrate VJ Day (Diary, 15 August), A.N. Wilson…

A.N. Wilson’s diary: VJ Day and the Virginia Woolf Burger Bar

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Should we have celebrated VJ Day? Hearing the hieratic tones of the Emperor Hirohito on Radio 4 the other day,…

The triumph of nuclear weapons – and the defeat of nuclear power

15 August 2015 9:00 am

‘I visited the black marble obelisk which marks the epicentre of the explosion, and I saw the plain domestic wall-clock…

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

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…

Hirohito, MacArthur and other villains

4 July 2015 9:00 am

The history of ‘great events’, Voltaire wrote, is ‘hardly more than the history of crimes’. Physically, the war in Asia…

Welcome to Japan’s best kept cultural secret: an art island with an underground museum

23 May 2015 9:00 am

In his introductory remarks to the Afro–Eurasian Eclipse, one of his later suites for jazz orchestra, Duke Ellington remarked —…

Shipping out: Harrow led the charge, opening a school in Bangkok in 1998

Britain’s educational empire

14 March 2015 9:00 am

British satellite schools are everywhere, writes Will Heaven

School trips go global

14 March 2015 9:00 am

School outings have been transformed, says Ed Cumming

What Samsung’s new TVs owe to Jeremy Bentham

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Watching brief Samsung warned users of its voice-activated televisions that what they said in front of the TV could be…

Don't believe the gloom-mongers: deflation will be good for Britain

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Campaigning in Putney in 1978, Mrs Thatcher famously took out a pair of scissors and cut a pound note down…