G8 blind to Africa's true needs, farmer says

| Jul 6, 2008

G8 blind to Africa's true needs, farmer says

Zambian farmer Joyce Mwanje landed in Japan after a long journey across half the globe, leaving her husband and seven children to tend to the fields where they till the land with hand hoes to grow maize, soybeans, vegetables and other crops. But Mwanje ...

Land woes taking a back seat to CO2

| Jun 27, 2008

Land woes taking a back seat to CO2

While climate change has finally won the attention of world leaders, the United Nations is concerned about a lack of action on another major — and yet interlinked — global challenge: land degradation and desertification. A deteriorated atmosphere destroys land potential through drought, flooding ...

Abe tries to use G8 to boost his poll numbers

Jun 12, 2007

Abe tries to use G8 to boost his poll numbers

He may not have had time to enjoy the white sand beaches at the Baltic resort of Heiligendamm, Germany, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was undoubtedly relieved heading home from his debut at the Group of Eight summit, having secured an agreement to address ...

Koizumi moves out, signs off

Sep 22, 2006

Koizumi moves out, signs off

Outgoing Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi moved out of the Prime Minister’s Official Residence Thursday evening as he gets ready to hand the reins of government to new ruling party leader Shinzo Abe next Tuesday. In the final edition of his weekly e-mail magazine Thursday, ...

Young actors keep kabuki flourishing

Mar 2, 2006

Young actors keep kabuki flourishing

Shinosuke Nakamura and his friend, Kyoju Nakamura, walk into a cafe near the Kabukiza Theater in Tokyo in jeans and stylish jackets, just like any other young men in their 20s. But when they return to work, they are serious kabuki actors dressed in ...

Feb 16, 2006

Soga did brief tutoring in North: Jenkins

SADO, Niigata Pref. (Kyodo) Ex-U.S. Army deserter Charles Jenkins, who spent four decades in North Korea and now lives in Japan, said Wednesday his wife, freed Pyongyang abductee Hitomi Soga, only had to coach six men and women, including army officers, in Japanese on ...

Nov 21, 2005

At APEC, Koizumi fails to improve Asia relations

When Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi wrapped up his two-day visit to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum Saturday evening, he headed home without making headway in mending Japan’s strained relations with China and South Korea. The spotlight was on what he would do about the ...

Oct 15, 2005

Tsunami survivor returns to help Sri Lanka

and TECH Japan members Suvendrini Kakuchi and Akiko Ozaki show off an apron made at a sewing center for tsunami and civil war survivors here in northern Sri Lanka. Eight months later, still trying to overcome her grief, Ikehashi, 43, has returned to Sri ...

Veteran sailor Horie, 66, looks ahead to next voyage

Sep 20, 2005

Veteran sailor Horie, 66, looks ahead to next voyage

Kenichi Horie made headlines in Japan in 1962 by sailing solo across the Pacific to San Francisco without a passport, and continues to record stunning seagoing achievements, including this summer, at age 66, completing his second round-the-world voyage via Cape Horn. But half a ...