Jul 15, 2014

Data leak highlights shortcomings

The massive data leak of private information on millions of Benesse Holdings customers has highlighted Japanese firms’ inadequate security measures, revealing just how easily data can be taken outside of an organization by employees. The huge amount of data leaked — which could affect ...

Aussie envoy a student of Japan

| Jul 8, 2014

Aussie envoy a student of Japan

Bruce Miller, Australia’s ambassador to Japan since August 2011, has been interested in Japan since he was a boy of 11. At an early age, Miller said, his father, though an accountant who rarely traveled abroad, advised him to learn an Asian language instead ...

Yamanote Line trains to get revamp next year

Jul 3, 2014

Yamanote Line trains to get revamp next year

East Japan Railway Co. is developing a new commuter train design that it wants to get rolling on Tokyo’s Yamanote Line by fall 2015. JR East President Tetsuro Tomita said at a news conference Wednesday the new train will be “a next-generation model for ...

Fukushima evacuees seek end to limbo

Jun 19, 2014

Fukushima evacuees seek end to limbo

Japan’s economy may be picking up, but the outlook remains bleak for an often forgotten group of people: the roughly 150,000 evacuees from Fukushima Prefecture. Living in temporary accommodations, these individuals and families were either residents in the 30-km mandatory evacuation zone or those ...

Blue-eyed Austrian finds calling at shrine

| Jun 10, 2014

Blue-eyed Austrian finds calling at shrine

Walking through the torii, or gateway, to the quiet and serene Konnoh Hachimangu Shrine in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward — minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Shibuya’s main “scramble crossing” — and being welcomed by a blond and blue-eyed Shinto priest seems almost ...

Jun 3, 2014

Jikei to build special perinatal unit

To address a shortage in medical care for mothers and babies in Tokyo, the Jikei University School of Medicine plans to build a new hospital complex by fiscal 2017 that will specialize in perinatal medicine and pediatrics. Among the 25 perinatal medical centers that ...

Middle road sought for health food labels

| Jun 2, 2014

Middle road sought for health food labels

In an attempt to cash in on consumers’ growing interest in healthy eating, new varieties of fresh fruit and vegetables — each touting enhanced health-boosting properties — are making their way to supermarkets nationwide. When buying fresh produce, shoppers can now choose tomatoes containing ...