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 ...

Texan's magic transforms verandas

| Apr 17, 2012

Texan's magic transforms verandas

When you step out onto the veranda of Theodore Jennings’ penthouse apartment in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district, it almost feels like you’re on vacation in some other location — be it New York or some European resort. “A lot of people tell me that. They ...

Architect builds bridge to Thai wife

| Apr 10, 2012

Architect builds bridge to Thai wife

Yoichi Kubota, a scholar in environmental planning and design, met Patmakorn Suntharothok, who was to become his future wife, for the first time when she was studying business management in the United States 12 years ago. Pat (short for Patmakorn) happened to be researching ...

Polish envoy comes to terms with 3/11 via noh

| Apr 3, 2012

Polish envoy comes to terms with 3/11 via noh

Jadwiga Rodowicz-Czechowska, Poland’s ambassador to Japan, says she was utterly heartbroken when she witnessed the catastrophe caused by the earthquake and tsunami that hit Tohoku last March. “I couldn’t stand being witness to this tragedy. I felt at the time (I was) not only ...