Magdalena Osumi

For Magdalena Osumi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jul 3, 2015

METI eyes label-reading smartphone app for tourists

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Friday that it is planning to introduce a system for smartphones that allows visitors to Japan to get information in several languages on products they want to buy simply by scanning them. “Now that the number ...

Polish woman becomes shogi queen in rare move for foreigner

Jun 29, 2015

Polish woman becomes shogi queen in rare move for foreigner

Karolina Styczynska, a 24-year-old Pole, was promoted to C1 level in the world of shogi (Japanese chess) after three wins and one loss in a Tokyo tournament Sunday, placing her one step away from becoming the first foreign female professional player. Styczynska was granted ...

Attire of Korea's last princess to be returned to Seoul

Jun 24, 2015

Attire of Korea's last princess to be returned to Seoul

In a bid to help repair strained bilateral ties, a Tokyo university that had for decades stored traditional attire worn by the last princess of Korea’s Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) donated the clothing to Korea’s Cultural Heritage Administration on Wednesday. During a ceremony at the ...

LOT Polish Airlines to start Warsaw-Tokyo flights in January

Jun 19, 2015

LOT Polish Airlines to start Warsaw-Tokyo flights in January

Poland’s national LOT Polish Airlines announced Friday that it will launch direct flights between Warsaw and Tokyo next January, the first such route connecting Japan and Central Europe. LOT President Sebastian Mikosz said the company will offer three flights a week between Warsaw Chopin ...

Celebrities promote prisoners' handicrafts

Jun 5, 2015

Celebrities promote prisoners' handicrafts

A two-day exhibition that started Friday at Tokyo’s Science Museum provides a glimpse at efforts being made at prisons nationwide to help inmates return to society through handicraft skills. The 57th annual free event, which showcases works made by inmates at prisons and correctional ...