Kisaku Seno

For Kisaku Seno's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Mar 11, 2015

Art therapy tours enliven dementia patients and their caregivers

In a quiet corner of the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo, a small group of elderly dementia patients accompanied by relatives and caregivers gathered in December in front of a work by French avant-garde painter Pierre Bonnard. Yoko Hayashi, representative director of ...

Firms use internships to entice top students

Jan 25, 2015

Firms use internships to entice top students

Facing fierce competition to attract top university graduates, many Japanese firms are using internship programs as a way to entice students before the official start of the recruiting season, which was recently shifted to March from December. Students in their junior year aiming for ...

Short-staffed hospitals laud Vietnam trainees

Dec 22, 2014

Short-staffed hospitals laud Vietnam trainees

Amid an acute labor shortage, well-trained nurses from several Asian countries are bringing favorable changes to hospitals here. “They gave us the power to tackle our sense of stagnation,” Sayaka Fujita, a 41-year-old nurse at Sodegaura Satsukidai Hospital in Sodegaura, Chiba Prefecture, said of ...

Japanese broadcasters eager to grab more Asian viewers

May 5, 2013

Japanese broadcasters eager to grab more Asian viewers

Japanese television networks are scrambling into Asia, seeing it as a new frontier of business opportunities as they struggle with dwindling advertising revenue at home. Fuji Media Holdings. is pushing into the Asian market with its “Asia Versus” program, a competition for amateur musicians. ...

Jul 18, 2008

1920s proletarian novel strikes chord with young underemployed

A book released nearly 80 years ago and considered a representative piece of proletarian literature is apparently striking a chord with young part-time workers amid growing income disparities and poverty in Japan. “Kanikosen” (“Crab-Canning Boat”) by Takiji Kobayashi (1903-1933) debuted in 1929. Kobayashi was ...