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People walking by an electronic board showing stock indexes on Jan. 30, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan
People walking by an electronic board showing stock indexes on Jan. 30, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan
Kondo Daisuke

TOKYO — Since Japan"s fiscal year starts in April each year, it is in May that the country's major corporations announce their financial statements for 2017. Most top Japanese companies have had notably great results. The net profits of Toyota and Mitsubishi, for example, hit new all-time highs for their three and ten-year results respectively. As the data of the last three weeks shows, the net profit of the 798 biggest Japanese firms listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange rose by an average of 25%.

And yet even as these Japanese companies usher in a vibrant spring, I was also intrigued by a curious phenomenon — none of the CEOs of these Japanese enterprises offered even the slightest expression of happiness on their faces when they appeared in the press conference on TV news. Indeed, one sensed a shared sense of worry among them. Why is that?

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García Márquez And Truth: How Journalism Fed The Novelist's Fantasy

In his early journalistic writings, the Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez showed he had an eye for factual details, in which he found the absurdity and 'magic' that would in time be the stuff and style of his fiction.

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J. D. Torres Duarte

BOGOTÁ — In short stories written in the 1940s and early 50s and later compiled in Eyes of a Blue Dog, the late Gabriel García Márquez, Colombia's Nobel Prize-winning novelist, shows he is as yet a young writer, with a style and subjects that can be atypical.

Stylistically, García Márquez came into his own in the celebrated One Hundred Years of Solitude. Until then both his style and substance took an erratic course: touching the brevity of film scripts in Nobody Writes to the Colonel, technical experimentation in Leaf Storm, the anecdotal short novel in In Evil Hour or exploring politics in Big Mama's Funeral. Throughout, the skills he displayed were rather of a precocious juggler.

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