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Oct 4, 2008

Women's group aims to narrow wage gap

Inspired by the basic principle of equal pay for equal work, a group of working women in Osaka is gearing up to pressure the government to narrow the gap in wages between male and female employees. The Working Women’s Network, a civic group formed ...

| Aug 23, 2008

Long-distance becomes longtime romance

Felix Moesner met Makiko Aikawa in 1991 when he was doing a one-year robotics internship at Toshiba Corp. and a home-stay at her grandmother’s house in Yokohama. Then a university student, she often visited after cooking classes at a restaurant nearby. They eventually fell ...

Kawasaki's Filipinos form support base

Aug 20, 2008

Kawasaki's Filipinos form support base

KAWASAKI — When Rosemarie Salvio began taking care of children at the Fureai-kan public welfare facility in Kawasaki in 1997, Filipino mothers started showing up to talk with her. “A lot of Filipino mothers came here not only to discuss problems they faced but ...

Are '70s landmarks savable?

Aug 19, 2008

Are '70s landmarks savable?

Standing along Tokyo’s Omote-sando Dori leading up to Meiji Shrine, the glassy, glittering, five-story Hanae Mori Building has been a landmark in the swanky Aoyama shopping district for 30 years. But now the building, designed by famed architect Kenzo Tange, who died in 2005, ...

Filipinos visit lawmakers in quest for citizenship

Jul 16, 2008

Filipinos visit lawmakers in quest for citizenship

Sixteen Filipinos whose fathers or husbands were Japanese men who had moved to the Philippines before and during the war asked lawmakers Tuesday in Tokyo for help obtaining Japanese citizenship. The group consists of 15 second-generation Japanese living in the Philippines and a woman ...

Japan's last frontier took time to tame, cultivate image

| Jul 8, 2008

Japan's last frontier took time to tame, cultivate image

Hokkaido, where the Group of Eight summit is taking place in Toyako, is known for its hot springs, ski resorts, seafood and magnificent scenery. Only 140 years ago, when Japan jumped on the modernization bandwagon, the prefecture was the new frontier. Following are some ...

Only world-record-setting Japanese plane remembered

Jul 5, 2008

Only world-record-setting Japanese plane remembered

On the evening of May 15, 1938, the Koken Long Range Monoplane, known as the Kokenki in Japan, landed on a runway in Kisarazu, Chiba Prefecture, to great public acclaim. The Japanese-made aircraft had just set a new world record for a long-distance nonstop ...

NGOs worried Africa will get short shrift

| Jul 4, 2008

NGOs worried Africa will get short shrift

When the fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development in Yokohama drew to a close May 30, Sayaka Funada-Classen, leader of a Tokyo-based nongovernmental organization, felt the years of engagement with the government had partly paid off. That was because Japan promised a significant ...

Shared goals, IT connect Polish-Japanese couple

Jun 14, 2008

Shared goals, IT connect Polish-Japanese couple

Jacek Strakowski from Poland and Mai Usami from Tokyo have information technology to thank for bringing and keeping them together. About six years ago, Jacek, who went to Australia to attend an IT college, encountered Mai, then a university student from Fuchu in Tokyo, ...