Jamaica coffee, music recipe for success

| Sep 27, 2011

Jamaica coffee, music recipe for success

Yukiko Ariga, 39, a Tokyo native, visited Jamaica, where her friend was living, twice on holiday because she loved reggae music. Eventually, she decided that she wanted to do something different in her life, so she went to live and work in the Caribbean ...

Juvenile issues bring couple together

| Sep 20, 2011

Juvenile issues bring couple together

Vincent Marx, 47, from the U.S. state of Washington, and his wife Emiko, a Tokyo native, first met at a juvenile detention center in Seattle in 1992. Emiko, now 42, was then a senior at the University of Washington who had transferred from Keio ...

Swede on mission to help Japan seniors

| Sep 13, 2011

Swede on mission to help Japan seniors

Gustav Strandell believes that if there is something good about his home country, Sweden, that he can bring to Japan, it’s the concept and some of the technical skills of its social welfare system developed over its 100-year-plus history as an aging society. Born ...

Helping Brazilian kids master local life

| Aug 23, 2011

Helping Brazilian kids master local life

Tetsuyoshi Kodama, a second-generation Japanese-Brazilian, became the first foreign national to pass the taxi driver test in Shizuoka Prefecture in 1991. After driving around the city of Hamamatsu for about four years, he took on other jobs, including at a temporary employment agency and ...

Camp builds confidence through creativity

Aug 13, 2011

Camp builds confidence through creativity

At first glance, it may be hard to imagine that the children singing and jumping around at a gymnasium at Tokyo International School in Minato Ward have been separated from their parents and live in children’s homes. About 60 children — aged between 6 ...

Youth said to need voice, opinions

| Jul 12, 2011

Youth said to need voice, opinions

Lena Lindahl has for the past two decades produced environment-related events in Japan in an effort to apply her home country Sweden’s notion of sustainable society here. And she believes the key is education to encourage children to develop and express opinions about issues ...

North America midway destination

| Jul 5, 2011

North America midway destination

Kim and Junko Knudsen’s house is full of American primitive country decor they brought back from their honeymoon in the U.S. South. The couple love country music, too, and plan to live in the United States or Canada in the near future. Kim, 41, ...

Aid-givers sending used bikes to disaster zone

Jul 2, 2011

Aid-givers sending used bikes to disaster zone

Among the numerous nongovernmental and nonprofit organizations that delivered basic necessities like food and clothes to tsunami-devastated areas in the Tohoku region, the NPO Bikes for Japan did its part by delivering refurbished bicycles to survivors living in shelters. Bicycle repairman Daiki Mochizuki from ...