May 29, 2010

'Manga' artist finds feet in Big Apple

Misako Takashima, a “manga” comic artist based in New York, worries that many American teenagers she has met during academic art events rely too heavily on the Internet and are reluctant to try anything in the real world. “I met many children who easily ...

Apr 13, 2010

Hatoyama's Futenma waffling irks Guam

HAGATNA, Guam — Guam has been frustrated by the indecision of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama over the stalled plan to relocate U.S. Marines from Okinawa to the U.S. territory as well as its limited political influence over the issue. While businesspeople relying on economic ...

Overreliance on ad revenue dooms Esquire Japan after 22-year run

Apr 1, 2009

Overreliance on ad revenue dooms Esquire Japan after 22-year run

Japan’s economic slide has dealt a serious blow to a bible for the nation’s wannabe gentlemen, as Esquire Japan Edition, one of the oldest overseas versions of the U.S. lifestyle magazine, has announced it will cease publication in May. Esquire Japan was first released ...

Nov 27, 2008

MSDF role in piracy fight eyed, iffy

Prime Minister Taro Aso is considering sending the Maritime Self-Defense Force to deal with the growing number of piracy attacks off Somalia, but lawmakers and the public appear cool to the idea. Aso is willing to draft a bill to authorize a possible antipiracy ...

Secrecy hampers SDF death probe

Oct 24, 2008

Secrecy hampers SDF death probe

The death of a Maritime Self-Defense Force sailor resulting from a suspected bullying incident during training last month is yet another black eye for the MSDF, already awash with a spate of problems ranging from mismanagement of top secrets to a fatal collision at ...

Oct 2, 2008

Aso raises collective defense

Prime Minister Taro Aso has puzzled many in his government and party with his indication that he may move to enable the Self-Defense Forces to exercise the right to collective self-defense, lifting decades-old legal restrictions. Aso was known as an advocate of the policy ...

Military bedeviled by high suicide rate

Sep 20, 2008

Military bedeviled by high suicide rate

The Self-Defense Forces are struggling to curb suicides in its ranks, a serious problem that has haunted the military’s 240,000 members for years. A total of 83 members of the SDF killed themselves between fiscal 2007 and March 2008, and the suicide ratio stands ...

Aug 28, 2008

Hayashi tries dialogue on Futenma impasse

Defense Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, a newcomer to defense issues, is quickly being put to the test with the stalled issue of relocating the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma within Okinawa. Unlike his predecessor, Shigeru Ishiba, who is known as a military policy wonk, ...

Aug 19, 2008

Latest 'Indy' film's nuke blast scene irks some

The latest installment in the “Indiana Jones” movie series has puzzled viewers and critics in Japan as it includes a segment showing a nuclear bomb test they say could give young people the wrong impression about the dangers of radiation and the destructive power ...

Fretting safety, Yokosuka public awaits atomic-powered carrier

May 30, 2008

Fretting safety, Yokosuka public awaits atomic-powered carrier

After seeing off the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk this week, Yokosuka now has to brace for the arrival of its replacement — the first nuclear-powered U.S. vessel to be based in Japan. Mayor Ryoichi Kabaya basically supports the forward-deployment of the 102,000-ton George ...