New map shines light on Tokyo air raid horrors

Mar 9, 2014

New map shines light on Tokyo air raid horrors

In an attempt to preserve people’s fading memories of the World War II air raids on Tokyo, scholars and citizens have drawn up what is considered the most comprehensive map so far of their efforts to escape from U.S. bombs. In the largest air ...

Firms seek to tap into Israeli startups

Mar 4, 2014

Firms seek to tap into Israeli startups

More Japanese companies are looking at the Israeli startup market in search of innovative technologies and investments to beef up their businesses, although they lag far behind the buyout sprees of global tech giants such as Google Inc. and Apple Inc. Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. ...

Mar 4, 2014

Nationalists press Abe to revisit Kono apology

Right-wing lawmakers are leaning harder on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to re-evaluate the government’s 1993 apology for the enslavement of women to serve as prostitutes for Japan’s wartime forces, in the face of international criticism against such an effort. Members of the conservative Nippon ...

Abe looks to instill politics in education

Feb 28, 2014

Abe looks to instill politics in education

Conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is cranking out policies to strengthen the political grip on education, turning the postwar notion on its head that instruction of the nation’s young people should be free of political influence. During his first stint as prime minister in ...

Feb 28, 2014

Record budget clears Lower House

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gets his draft budget for fiscal 2014, worth a record ¥95.88 trillion, through the Lower House, giving him more time to focus on the contentious issue of collective self-defense.

Murayama raps Abe over sex slaves

Feb 27, 2014

Murayama raps Abe over sex slaves

Ex-Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama blasts Shin­zo Abe for considering revising the 1993 Kono statement, the first official acknowledgment that the Imperial Japanese Army forced women into sexual servitude at wartime brothels.

Feb 26, 2014

Komeito hits Cabinet defense ploy

Differences between the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito are surfacing over collective self-defense, in which conservative Prime Minister Shin­zo Abe aims to reverse a long-held pacifist principle by Cabinet decision only.

'Generation Resignation' youngsters defy stereotypes

Feb 20, 2014

'Generation Resignation' youngsters defy stereotypes

While Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hopes the momentum of his economic policies raises the spirits of the Japanese people and buoys the stock market as well, decadeslong economic malaise has already crushed the hopes and dreams of many young people, who will be leading ...