Tokyo beach reopens after five-decade effort

Aug 8, 2013

Tokyo beach reopens after five-decade effort

The seawater by Tokyo’s Kasai Rinkai Park is only slightly cooler than body temperature, and its beach contains a mix of tiny gravel and seashell fragments instead of fine white sand. The beach is far from a perfect summer getaway. The skyline of the ...

Aug 8, 2013

BOJ puts off more monetary easing

The Bank of Japan on Thursday put off additional monetary easing and maintained its assessment from the previous month that the economy is “starting to recover moderately.” Expressing confidence that the country’s 15-year struggle with deflation is seeing signs of improving, the central bank ...

Hayao Miyazaki: Leave Constitution alone

Jul 25, 2013

Hayao Miyazaki: Leave Constitution alone

Anime master Hayao Miyazaki blasted the government’s push to revise the Constitution, saying that politicians without any understanding of history “shouldn’t be messing” with the foundation of the country. In a magazine published last week by his production company, Studio Ghibli, the award-winning director ...

Students getting down and dirty

| Jul 24, 2013

Students getting down and dirty

School’s out for summer — and students are leaving their books behind to hit the beach under the sun. But for Shogo Takano, it’s a long-awaited chance to hit the farm and get his hands dirty. “There is something instinctive about the joy of ...

Poll outcome may benefit economy

Jul 22, 2013

Poll outcome may benefit economy

With the ballots tallied and the opposition crushed, observers predict the ruling bloc’s landslide victory Sunday amid the third-lowest voter turnout ever for a House of Councilors poll will have a positive impact on the economy and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s stewardship of it. ...

Tastes like chicken? New 'unagi' product uses fowl in place of eel

Jul 17, 2013

Tastes like chicken? New 'unagi' product uses fowl in place of eel

If your “unagi” (grilled eel) dish tastes eerily similar to chicken this summer, that may be because it is. Osaka-based Marudai Food Co. last week revealed its latest product, Toriniku no Kabayaki, which replicates the distinctive square-fillet of Japanese eel with chicken meat and ...

Nintendo brought arcade games into homes 30 years ago

| Jul 15, 2013

Nintendo brought arcade games into homes 30 years ago

On July 15, 1983, Kyoto-based Nintendo Co. launched the Family Computer video game console, or “Famicom.” Priced at ¥14,800, more than 63 million units of the iconic white, red and gold machine were sold worldwide, laying the foundations for today’s gaming industry. Here are ...