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Major companies roll out red carpet for local Chinese recruits

Jun 25, 2012

Major companies roll out red carpet for local Chinese recruits

Panasonic Corp., retail giant Aeon Co. and four other domestic firms arranged a joint recruitment event Saturday in Tokyo, targeting Chinese students attending Japanese universities whom they view as critical to their success in China. The companies decided to hold the job fair at ...

Financial firms await Myanmar entry

Jun 9, 2012

Financial firms await Myanmar entry

Although Myanmar is still closed to foreign banks, major Japanese financial institutions have stepped up their involvement in the country, preparing themselves for the time when the government will give the long-awaited green light to their full-fledged operations. “Currently we are limited to collecting ...

Long courting of Myanmar may finally pay off

Feb 10, 2012

Long courting of Myanmar may finally pay off

Japanese government and business officials have flocked to Myanmar in recent months with a keen interest in the untapped investment opportunities in the country, which is embarking on democratic and economic reforms after decades of seclusion. Japanese entities that have been nurturing ties with ...

Taking matters into their own hands

Aug 4, 2011

Taking matters into their own hands

A radiation measurement station in the city of Fukushima is drawing people skeptical about government information on the nuclear crisis and keen to find out quickly if their food is safe. The station, set up by a citizens’ group, boasts a German device to ...

Jul 21, 2011

Film on double A-bomb survivor Yamaguchi set for British debut

A documentary film on double atomic-bomb survivor Tsutomu Yamaguchi, who was joked about on a BBC quiz show, will make its British debut this summer, with his eldest daughter hoping the screening will make people in the country and around the world more aware ...

Moms rally around antinuke cause

Jul 9, 2011

Moms rally around antinuke cause

Japanese mothers, many with no history of political activism, have started taking to the streets to urge the government to protect their children from radiation leaking from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. Using social networking media, they have organized antinuclear energy rallies ...

Evacuees comforted by flutist's soothing melodies

Apr 8, 2011

Evacuees comforted by flutist's soothing melodies

ISHINOMAKI — Cathartic flute melodies have been soothing the nerves of evacuees in the earthquake-hit cities of Sendai and Ishinomaki and the town of Onagawa in Miyagi Prefecture this week, during a series of charity concerts given by a popular South Korean musician at ...

Mar 31, 2011

U.S. military mops up tsunami-hit school

ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Pref. — In a high school gymnasium carpeted with mud, a Japanese boy slipped and was helped to his feet by a U.S. Navy sailor, while close by a group of U.S. soldiers and local teachers mopped together in neat lines. The ...

Evacuees persevere, eye future

Mar 29, 2011

Evacuees persevere, eye future

MINAMISANRIKU, Miyagi Pref. — A woman occupies herself by arranging boxes of supplies for evacuees at a sports arena in Minamisanriku on the coast of Miyagi Prefecture, one of the communities hit hardest by the magnitude 9.0 quake and massive tsunami on March 11. ...

Mayor of Bikini asks all to warn of nukes

Feb 28, 2011

Mayor of Bikini asks all to warn of nukes

The mayor of Bikini Atoll, the site of a U.S. hydrogen bomb test in 1954, called on people throughout Japan, including in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to work together in keeping alive the memory of the horrors of nuclear weapons. “This is the saddest event ...