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Support for whaling outweighs opposition: animal rights survey

Nov 29, 2012

Support for whaling outweighs opposition: animal rights survey

More Japanese support the whale hunt than oppose it, according to a survey carried out on behalf of animal rights activists. Of 1,200 people questioned for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, 26.8 percent said Japan should continue hunting whales, against 18.5 percent who ...

Nov 29, 2012

Returnees to Indonesia get job help

The Japanese Embassy in Jakarta has held an information session to help Indonesians who have returned home after failing to pass Japan’s exam to be certified as caregivers and nurses find employment, looking to capitalize on their knowledge of Japanese culture and language. According ...

Ikko Tanaka's designs live on

Nov 29, 2012

Ikko Tanaka's designs live on

by Stuart Munro

The idea of a retrospective makes me nervous. Simply put, it often signals the end of something. So in the case of a designer’s show, a retrospective feels like a parting shot, final note or a bid farewell. Not what you want if your ...

Nov 29, 2012

Club World Cup to use goal-line technology

World soccer governing body FIFA said Tuesday that both venues for the upcoming Club World Cup in Japan will employ goal-line technology for the first time to assist game officials. The Hawk-Eye system, using high-speed video to track balls in flight, will be installed ...

From an underdog in the U.S. to Japan's top dog

Nov 29, 2012

From an underdog in the U.S. to Japan's top dog

by Nobuko Tanaka

Two years ago, 32-year-old director/translator Eriko Ogawa returned to Japan after 10 years in New York and presented a riveting production of “The Late Henry Moss,” Sam Shepard’s 2000 Pulitzer prize-winning tale of loves and hatreds in a frontier family way out West. Though ...

Nov 29, 2012

'80%' approval of death penalty hit

The government inflates support for the death penalty in its opinion surveys and a significant portion of those who favor capital punishment also say they would support abolishing it in the future, according to an information science expert. “It has been reported that more ...

'Do Ho Suh: Perfect Home'

Nov 29, 2012

"Do Ho Suh: Perfect Home"

by Tomohiro Osaki

Born in South Korea, artist Do Ho Suh moved to the United States to study at the Rhode Island School of Design and Yale University after achieving a BFA and MFA in Oriental Painting at Seoul National University. His works often reflect an inner ...

Nov 29, 2012

Rule of law index finds East Asia lagging

East Asia scores well when it comes to keeping a lid on crime, but the region still has work to do on other key factors that constitute the rule of law, a study published Wednesday suggests. The nonprofit World Justice Project’s third annual Rule ...

The coming influx of an idol workforce

| Nov 29, 2012

The coming influx of an idol workforce

by Ian Martin

Much has been made in the media over the problem of Japan’s aging population and shrinking workforce. But there is another demographic time bomb, at the heart of Japan’s most militantly youthful sector of society, just waiting to explode. I’m talking, of course, about ...

Nov 29, 2012

Rice production for 2013 to fall

Domestic rice production for 2013 has been projected at 7.91 million tons, 20,000 tons less than 2012, as demand for the country’s staple food is expected to remain on the downtrend, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said Wednesday. Rice demand in 2012 ...

Nov 29, 2012

Factory managers arrested over fire

Bangladesh police have arrested three managers of a factory where a blaze killed 112 people this weekend, following claims they stopped workers from leaving the plant by saying the alarm was just a routine fire drill. Dhaka police Chief Habibur Rahman said Wednesday that ...

'Nami Tsujikawa: Uncommonness Fantasy'

Nov 29, 2012

"Nami Tsujikawa: Uncommonness Fantasy"

by Tomohiro Osaki

Nami Tsujikawa is a self-taught artist whose wild and fantastical works have been described by critics as a hybrid of Western and Eastern influences. Her works reject homogeneity and use unusual mixes of ethnical elements as she pursues excessive ornateness. Tsujikawa is a typical ...

Nov 29, 2012

Teen drivers text far more than parents believe, study finds

Teenagers are 26 times more likely to send text messages while driving than their parents expect, based on preliminary results of a safety study by Toyota Motor Corp. and the University of Michigan. The survey of more than 5,500 people, consisting of drivers aged ...

Nov 29, 2012

NEC unlikely to take on Renesas workers

NEC Corp., which cut 10,000 jobs this year, will probably reject workers from ailing affiliate Renesas Electronics Corp. while a consortium negotiates a bailout package. “I’m negative” on accepting Renesas employees, Chief Financial Officer Isamu Kawashima said in an interview at NEC’s headquarters in ...

Nov 29, 2012

Egypt protests highlight growing political divide

Egyptian opposition forces rallied across the country Tuesday and into early Wednesday in the biggest show of dissent against the country’s first democratically elected leader since he precipitated a political crisis last week with an apparent bid to assume near-absolute power. A loose coalition ...