| Apr 8, 2008

National holidays trace roots to China, ancients, harvests

Golden Week is approaching, covering four national holidays from late April to early May. Thousands of people will take a weeklong vacation, many of them unaware of the nature of the holidays. Following are questions and answers about Japan’s holidays: How many national holidays ...

Mar 27, 2008

State to be sued by hepatitis B carriers, who top 1 million

In the wake of the recent ground-breaking out-of-court settlement with people who contracted hepatitis C from tainted blood products, the government will face a fresh legal battle waged by hepatitis B carriers. People who are believed to have contracted hepatitis B through mandatory vaccination ...

'We did not leave anything positive,' says ex-radical

| Mar 20, 2008

'We did not leave anything positive,' says ex-radical

The student movement that began to protest revising the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty in 1960 was 7 years old when Yasuhiro Uegaki entered Hirosaki University in Aomori Prefecture in April 1967. The campus in northern Japan was still quiet, and the physics student was indifferent ...

Back to square one after a lifetime of work

Mar 14, 2008

Back to square one after a lifetime of work

With spring comes the annual wage negotiations, when unions press employers for higher pay. These days, however, an increasing number of the workers at the bargaining table are themselves in the autumn of life — 60 or older. Not only does Senior Union Tokyo, ...

Pair practice art of collaboration in life, work

| Mar 8, 2008

Pair practice art of collaboration in life, work

Designers Yoshiko Tajima and Ansgar Vollmer met and fell in love while students at Koeln International School of Design in Cologne, Germany. In April 2003, Vollmer came to Japan and began his research at the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Science in Ogaki, ...

Loss of father to ALS inspires play about disease

Feb 21, 2008

Loss of father to ALS inspires play about disease

The death of their father a decade ago gave Rumi and Takuya Iryo a new goal in their lives — raising public awareness of the disease he died from, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The siblings are creating a musical ...

Film looks at '72 Asama ultraleftists

Feb 1, 2008

Film looks at '72 Asama ultraleftists

More than 30 years after Japan’s student movement, a new film by Koji Wakamatsu aims to shed some light on the 1972 Asama Mountain Lodge incident perpetrated by the United Red Army ultraleftist group. “I wanted to let people know why young people who ...

McDonald's told to pay overtime to manager

Jan 29, 2008

McDonald's told to pay overtime to manager

The Tokyo District Court ordered McDonald’s Holdings Co. (Japan) Ltd. Monday to pay ¥7.55 million in overtime allowance and “additional pay” to a manager at one of its outlets. Presiding Judge Iwao Saito ruled that Hiroshi Takano, 46, who manages a McDonald’s outlet in ...