Oct 31, 2004

U.S. troops here turning out in droves to vote

From the flight deck of the USS Kitty Hawk to the barracks of Camp Zama, this week’s U.S. presidential election has a special resonance for America’s troops abroad. With a war raging and the race just days away, the turnout in Japan is expected ...

Yasukuni no closer to being out of harsh spotlight

Aug 10, 2004

Yasukuni no closer to being out of harsh spotlight

In Japan, August is a time to remember World War II. Huge gatherings were held Friday in Hiroshima and Monday in Nagasaki to mark the atomic bombings. Then, on the anniversary of Japan’s surrender, the late Emperor Hirohito’s son will offer his annual prayer ...

These scientists stick to their harpoons

May 11, 2004

These scientists stick to their harpoons

In a cramped laboratory, a biologist with the Institute of Cetacean Research prepares plugs taken from whales’ ears for age analysis. Scientists study their reproductive habits and food sources, along with the mercury levels in their tissue. And then, of course, there’s the guy ...

Space agency gropes to regroup

Dec 5, 2003

Space agency gropes to regroup

Japan’s Mars probe is in trouble. Its weather satellites are breaking down. And its latest attempt to put a pair of spy satellites into orbit ended last weekend in a 110 billion yen fireball. While rival China is basking in the glory of its ...

Tokyo pauses briefly to fete 400th year

Nov 12, 2003

Tokyo pauses briefly to fete 400th year

From his 14th floor office window, Tsunenari Tokugawa can almost see the exact spot where his ancestors settled four centuries ago. It’s just a few blocks away — but it might as well be in another universe. Banished from power more than a century ...

Jet-setter Dewi Sukarno takes on Japan

Feb 21, 2003

Jet-setter Dewi Sukarno takes on Japan

After securing a quiet nook in the lounge of a plush Tokyo hotel-cum-meeting-place, Madame Dewi spreads out a portfolio of personal photographs on the coffee table before her. There she is with the Gorbachevs. With actor Omar Sharif. Yachting with the Kennedys. In one ...