Panamanian ambassador sees scope for growth in ties with Japan

Jul 14, 2015

Panamanian ambassador sees scope for growth in ties with Japan

Panamanian Ambassador Ritter Diaz said Tuesday he has high hopes for stronger bilateral trade with Japan, and that he plans to target the aviation and maritime shipping sectors in pursuing it. “We are expanding the scope of our relationship with Japan on different levels,” ...

Jul 10, 2015

JAZA reinstated in world body after suspension over Taiji dolphins

The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums on Thursday regained its membership in the global industry body after it ordered its members to cease acquiring dolphins from a controversial drive hunt. The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums announced its decision to end JAZA’s ...

Nepali expat champions aid effort for quake-struck homeland

Jul 10, 2015

Nepali expat champions aid effort for quake-struck homeland

On April 25, Nepalese Bilam Karki was driving in Beppu, Oita Prefecture, when he learned about the catastrophic earthquake that had struck the central part of his home country, with the news spreading fast via social media. “My mind went numb, couldn’t think anything, ...

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 ...