Child-guidance centers lacking: experts

| Mar 21, 2007

Child-guidance centers lacking: experts

Child abuse in Japan may be expanding faster than social workers can keep pace, but there’s another side to the story as well: Many people outside the government child-welfare system are working hard to push those figures down. Meet two of those people, lawyer ...

Kids' group home a safe respite

| Mar 20, 2007

Kids' group home a safe respite

Despite the understaffing and overcrowding, the atmosphere at the Kibo no Ie (House of Hope) residential home for children lives up to its name: It is a place of optimism, a place of warmth. Caregivers at this aging building in eastern Tokyo smile cheerfully ...

Feb 8, 2007

Libel suit attacks free speech: defendant

in some Western countries, and laws and the some courts in Europe and the United States protect people who are sued in this way. Legal experts say Japan has no similar safeguards. The article at the center of the case, “The Lies Behind the ...

Gore in town to push global-warming fight

Jan 16, 2007

Gore in town to push global-warming fight

Midway through a visit to Tokyo to promote his environmental documentary film “An Inconvenient Truth,” former U.S. Vice President Al Gore on Monday made sure to praise Japan as the birthplace of the Kyoto Protocol. Yet, earlier in the day Gore also prodded business ...

Jan 11, 2007

Mercury level acute; store pulls dolphin

A large supermarket chain in western Japan has permanently discontinued sales of dolphin meat after learning that mercury levels in a sample purchased at one of its outlets greatly exceeded government safety levels. Wakayama Prefecture-based supermarket chain Okuwa Co. pulled dolphin meat from shelves ...

Timid he's not, CNN's Quest calls them out as he sees them

Nov 28, 2006

Timid he's not, CNN's Quest calls them out as he sees them

There was no question it was the right floor at Tokyo’s Intercontinental Hotel. The voice booming through the walls could only belong to one man. “I want life!” CNN anchor Richard Quest blared out in his signature English accent to a reporter whose question ...

Education bill shifts power to the state

Nov 18, 2006

Education bill shifts power to the state

In the wake of Thursday’s Lower House passage of the education reform bill, critics wonder whether news management may have been used to clear the path for what one commentator alleged to be a “fascist” power grab by the central government. The concerns arise ...

An ambassador of enlightenment

Nov 16, 2006

An ambassador of enlightenment

When I was a teenager living in New York some 20 years ago, I bought a tiny introduction to Zen Buddhism from a bookstore in midtown Manhattan. A $1 clearance-sale copy, it was so small that I could slip it into my back pocket. ...