Dutchman keeps paper-making traditions alive at his Shikoku studio

Dec 22, 2012

Dutchman keeps paper-making traditions alive at his Shikoku studio

Rogier Uitenboogaart, who has been charmed by the world of washi (traditional Japanese paper) for the past three decades — especially its deep relationship with nature and people’s everyday lives — is trying to help preserve both nature and the traditional craft in this ...

Bolster energy, security ties: top French envoy

Dec 19, 2012

Bolster energy, security ties: top French envoy

Japan and France can have a solid role to play in today’s globalized world if the two countries share a common goal and pursue further cooperation, French Ambassador Christian Masset said recently in Tokyo. “The two nations can take action together, because we share ...

Envoy puts focus on people-to-people ties

| Dec 4, 2012

Envoy puts focus on people-to-people ties

To serve as the United States ambassador to Japan is obviously not an easy task — not by any stretch of the imagination. That’s the position John Roos was assigned in August 2009 even though he didn’t have previous diplomatic experience or hold a ...

Expert laments Japan's limits on craft beer culture

| Nov 27, 2012

Expert laments Japan's limits on craft beer culture

Ry Beville’s love of craft beer has developed into an occupation in which he publishes Japan’s only bilingual craft beer magazine. With the quarterly Japan Beer Times launched in 2010, Beville, 37, from Richmond, Virginia, says he wants to help spread the microbrewing culture ...

Kids from Tohoku get some Christmas cheer

Nov 15, 2012

Kids from Tohoku get some Christmas cheer

Elementary school children from the Tohoku region and Tokyo gathered Wednesday at a Tokyo hotel to decorate Christmas trees with sweets to cheer up young survivors of the March 11, 2011, disasters. Sixteen kids from Tokyo and five from Tohoku completed four small Christmas ...

Print engineer slows down international nomad

| Nov 13, 2012

Print engineer slows down international nomad

Nara native Atsushi Takagi and Mihaela Serbulea from Bucharest met in 2003 when Mihaela gave a lecture on SARS for an international exchange organization in which Atsushi is a member. They hit it off at a social gathering after the lecture, when they found ...