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 ...

Jan 25, 2008

Cram school in public junior high gets metro nod

The Tokyo Metropolitan board of education said Thursday that an expensive cram school for elite students that critics say will create inequalities in education can open at a public junior high school in Suginami Ward. The one-year school, called Yoru Supe (Night Special), is ...

New cram school blurs public and private line

Jan 24, 2008

New cram school blurs public and private line

Cram schools have long played an important complementary role to classroom education, but a new type opening Saturday in Suginami Ward, Tokyo, is causing a stir among educators. The school, Yoru Supe (Night Special), offers a one-year course designed to help top achievers in ...

Temple hands remains of Korean war dead to kin

Jan 23, 2008

Temple hands remains of Korean war dead to kin

More than 60 years after the war, 50 South Koreans can finally take the remains of their loved ones home. The South Koreans attended a memorial ceremony Tuesday at Yutenji Temple in Meguro Ward, Tokyo, to commemorate Koreans who served in the Japanese military ...

Japan, Brazil mark a century of settlement, family ties

| Jan 15, 2008

Japan, Brazil mark a century of settlement, family ties

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of a Japanese migration to Brazil. In 1908, hundreds of farmers moved to the South American country, dreaming of making their fortunes there before returning to their hometowns. Although hundreds of thousands of Japanese ended ...

Billing Catch-22 traps patients

Jan 11, 2008

Billing Catch-22 traps patients

On Oct. 6, 2005, when Nobuhito Kiyosato went to the Kanagawa Cancer Center, where he had been treated for kidney cancer since 2001, he was told there would be a major change in his treatment. “My doctor told me the hospital could no longer ...