Death penalty ruling marks dramatic shift

Apr 23, 2008

Death penalty ruling marks dramatic shift

Tuesday’s ruling in which a 27-year-old man was sentenced to death for the 1999 murders of a mother and her infant daughter in Yamaguchi Prefecture marks a major judicial change, according to legal experts. The Hiroshima High Court handed down the death penalty to ...

Volunteer DIY group puts a touch of earth into prefabs

Apr 22, 2008

Volunteer DIY group puts a touch of earth into prefabs

On a rainy day in late March, a group of people were making material to apply to the walls of a two-story concrete house going up in the city of Musashino in Tokyo. They mixed earth with sand, quicklime, water and chopped straw. With ...

Apr 12, 2008

Hospital doctors feeling the strain

Whenever Naoshi Tamura is on a night shift at Ota Hospital in Tokyo, the surgeon works 36 consecutive hours with little sleep, seeing patients during the daytime and treating those transported to the emergency room at night. “I work the night shift two to ...

| 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 ...

Stations, refineries brace for impact of lower pump prices

Mar 29, 2008

Stations, refineries brace for impact of lower pump prices

With higher gas taxes set to expire, Kazuo Yaginuma, spokesman for a gasoline station business, has been fielding a lot of phone calls lately from reporters asking what the impact might be. His firm, Aizu General Group, in Aizu Wakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, announced earlier ...

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, ...

Media now gun-shy in Miura reportage

Mar 11, 2008

Media now gun-shy in Miura reportage

Ryo Sakamoto, a former editor of the major tabloid newspaper Tokyo-Sports, remembers the media frenzy in the 1980s over the case of Kazuyoshi Miura. Miura was arrested in Saipan last month on suspicion of conspiring to murder his wife, Kazumi, who was shot in ...