Psychology, counseling interests unite couple

| Jul 24, 2012

Psychology, counseling interests unite couple

Japanese-American John Shiomi, 40, and his wife, Misako, 32, met in the city of Fukuoka in January last year. Misako had posted a message about wanting a friend in the online version of Fukuoka Now, a free publication for foreigners in the area. After ...

Architect builds Heart House for 3/11 survivors

Jul 21, 2012

Architect builds Heart House for 3/11 survivors

When Richard Bliah visited Ishinomaki last August after the coastal city in Miyagi Prefecture was devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the veteran French architect was quite sure many residents lost not only family and friends but also the “network of people ...

Scholar urges fresh look at rich Ainu heritage

| Jul 10, 2012

Scholar urges fresh look at rich Ainu heritage

Shunwa Honda, a renowned scholar of indigenous ethnic groups, emphasizes that the Japanese people need to create a stage for the nation’s indigenous Ainu, who “still suffer from not having their voices heard properly in society.” Though he looks Caucasian and uses the pen ...

All systems go for happy international campers

| Jul 3, 2012

All systems go for happy international campers

Shiro Matsuoka, 39, from Kawasaki, and Zhang Yi, 33, who hails from Changchung, China, first met in 2004 when they were working part-time at a McDonald’s in Tokyo. Shiro was studying to become a chiropractor and Yi was studying English, and they worked early ...

Front-row student bags her 'eye-candy' teacher

| Jun 19, 2012

Front-row student bags her 'eye-candy' teacher

Tomoyuki Akiyama and his wife, Stephanie Napier, were brought up in completely different environments, but about a decade ago, fate led them to an encounter at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. The couple dated for over a year, then moved to Texas ...

Couple move to the beat of a different drum

| Jun 12, 2012

Couple move to the beat of a different drum

American Chris Holland and Lisa Kakinoki from Yokohama, both 26, first met in 2006 when they were studying at J.F. Oberlin University in Tokyo. Chris was a philosophy major at the University of Hawaii who was visiting on a one-year program to study Japanese ...

Olympus fiasco was 'lost opportunity'

| May 15, 2012

Olympus fiasco was 'lost opportunity'

Waku Miller, a resident of Tokyo for over 30 years and a veteran translator who recently served as a spokesman for Michael C. Woodford — former president and CEO of Olympus Corp. — said he found it odd how indifferent major Japanese shareholders were ...

Manila envoy cites caregiver snags, 3/11 dispatch

Apr 28, 2012

Manila envoy cites caregiver snags, 3/11 dispatch

The Philippine ambassador to Tokyo hopes bilateral labor exchanges expand — in particular nurses and other caregivers coming to Japan under a free-trade accord — as part of the efforts to deepen economic relations. “We are fully committed to increase the (now low) success ...