Japan's Shinto-Buddhist religious medley

| Sep 4, 2007

Japan's Shinto-Buddhist religious medley

Most in Japan may know Buddhism has something to do with controlling lust and anger, and is associated with funerals and graves, while Shinto involves venerating nature, and weddings. But many people have trouble making theological distinctions between the two or even telling a ...

Mr. Hiroshima-san

| Aug 5, 2007

Mr. Hiroshima-san

In a sense, it is the ultimate irony: The man appointed to oversee the memorial to victims of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945 by an American B-29 aircraft is . . . an American. But antiwar activist Steven L. ...

Jul 26, 2007

Do faults run deeper than Tepco safety vows?

technical matters as well as the aspect of management.” Right after the temblor hit, water started leaking from the spent fuel pool at the No. 6 reactor and a transformer fire started at the No. 3 reactor that burned for about two hours. Tepco ...

| Jun 12, 2007

Japan's green strides belie spotty record

Last month, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sought a leading role in the fight against climate change when he proposed a global initiative to halve greenhouse gas emis sions by 2050. But for all its dramatic appeal — made in the leadup to last week’s ...

Thinking beyond the brain

| Jun 3, 2007

Thinking beyond the brain

Kenichiro Mogi would be the ideal person to find sitting next to you at a dinner party, or one bleary post-sake morning over breakfast in a Japanese mountain inn. As a celebrity neuroscientist with a doctorate in physics from the University of Tokyo, and ...

May 18, 2007

Trail to Obara said overlooked in '92 death

Second of two parts Part I: Poor police work in ’92 death let Obara off hook, victim’s family claims The Australian family had just endured a nightmare: the premature death in 1992 of a loved one, Ginza hostess Carita Ridgway — one of the ...

Time up for bag-happy stores, users

| Apr 3, 2007

Time up for bag-happy stores, users

Retailers have long considered plastic bags basic to good service. Supermarket clerks toss tofu, eggs and ice cream into individual clear plastic bags to prevent a mess should the products’ own wrapping somehow break. More plastic bags are often provided just in case, then ...