Japan life: Etiquette by the numbers

| Jan 12, 2010

Japan life: Etiquette by the numbers

Have you ever tried to shake hands with a Japanese only to be bowed at instead? Or have you suffered disdainful looks when you blew your nose in public, or dunked your towel in a hot springs bath, unaware you are breaking social codes? ...

Jan 5, 2010

Jobless ranks exit shelter, are relocated

The holiday-season shelter run by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government closed Monday, and some 800 lodgers were taken to different accommodations to continue their hunt for homes and jobs. Of the 833 idled workers who stayed at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in Shibuya ...

Dec 30, 2009

Will warmer ties burn Taiwan?

For many countries China is a key partner in international relations, whether in recovering from the financial crisis or tackling climate change. And this is no less true for Taiwan, whose government is sidelining long-term political disputes with the mainland for the sake of ...

Tokyo homeless shelter opens

Dec 29, 2009

Tokyo homeless shelter opens

A holiday-season shelter set up by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government opened Monday in Shibuya Ward to take in hundreds of laid-off workers. Funded by the central government, the shelter is a substitute for the tent village set up last year by antipoverty groups in ...

Refugees struggle to survive funding cuts

| Dec 21, 2009

Refugees struggle to survive funding cuts

Last in a series Since the government last May changed the way it distributes funds to asylum-seekers, nonprofit organizations have had to deal with an influx of callers in critical situations. The office of the Japan Association for Refugees in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, sometimes ...

Charity keeps Manila kids afloat

| Dec 19, 2009

Charity keeps Manila kids afloat

When Typhoon Ketsana triggered the worst floods in 40 years in Manila and surrounding areas in September, among those who suffered most were the children living in the slums near Laguna Lake. “The water was higher than a person’s height. They say it will ...

Dec 9, 2009

Taiwan out in cold on climate issue

TAIPEI — A sightseeing train stands abandoned on a mountainside in southern Taiwan. The railway in Alishan, a popular destination for Japanese tourists, should be taking thousands of visitors every day past red cypresses for panoramic views. But no tourists can get there because ...

Entrepreneurs lack serious support

Nov 27, 2009

Entrepreneurs lack serious support

Entrepreneurship must be encouraged more if Japan is to play a key role on the global stage, and foreign entrepreneurs are in a great position to lead the way, experts said at a recent conference in Tokyo. “Japan has grown too structured, which has ...