Czech promoter sings way to cultural identity

| May 14, 2013

Czech promoter sings way to cultural identity

For singer Eva Miklas Takamine, who also has been head of the Czech Center in Tokyo since March, singing both Czech and Japanese songs is a way of expressing her identity. The Czech-born Miklas, 52, who began her career as a professional singer only ...

'Chocolate project' teaches kids volunteerism

May 2, 2013

'Chocolate project' teaches kids volunteerism

Most Japanese teens have little exposure to issues of worldwide poverty or the volunteerism that seeks to end it. Unlike in the United States and Europe, where youths are introduced to volunteerism at a fairly young age, children here rarely have the opportunity to ...

Couple find happiness, plan to settle for life

| Mar 19, 2013

Couple find happiness, plan to settle for life

Joerg Schnackenberg, 51, from Germany, and his wife, Teruka, 59, met in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, in 1995. Joerg, a biochemist who came to Japan right after finishing his Ph.D. at a German university, had been working at a private marine technology institute in Kamaishi ...

Vets help out foreigners with ill pets

Feb 27, 2013

Vets help out foreigners with ill pets

Foreigners with low Japanese-language ability who live in Tokyo and have pets often worry about finding proper care for their animals and medical professionals who can communicate the necessary diagnostic and treatment information. Tracey Perkins, an Australian who lives in Minato Ward with two ...

Romania envoy hopes cultural affinity boosts ties

| Feb 26, 2013

Romania envoy hopes cultural affinity boosts ties

Romanian Ambassador Radu Serban is a veteran diplomat with a mission to promote economic ties with Japan. But the envoy, 61, has another agenda — promoting cultural and educational exchanges, which ties into his personal love of Japanese literature, especially haiku. Serban’s love of ...