Nov 7, 2009

Dongguan official invites direct investment

A vice mayor of the Chinese industrial city of Dongguan urged Japanese manufacturers Friday to expand on its turf and exploit its domestic market to help the city recover from the global economic crisis and fall in exports. “We are looking for more Japanese ...

Vienna looks to alter staid image by design

Nov 1, 2009

Vienna looks to alter staid image by design

Mozart, Freud, Klimt. Those who came to Vienna in centuries gone by to join the heart of European activity are now the very attractions that draw crowds of tourists to the Austrian capital today. Visitors, many of whom are Japanese, enjoy the silky sounds ...

Oct 29, 2009

'Comfort women' bill gets new life

The new administration must ensure the Diet passes a bill recognizing the women forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese military during the war if it is to form the East Asian Community proposed by Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, nine ruling party lawmakers said ...

Lowdown on H1N1 vaccinations

| Oct 23, 2009

Lowdown on H1N1 vaccinations

With swine flu inoculations now under way for medical workers, other people may be anxious about when it will be their turn. As cooler weather sets in, and with it higher risks of contracting the new H1N1 virus, the government is administering vaccinations on ...

Oct 23, 2009

N.Y., London, Paris still beat Tokyo

Factoring together culture, environment, economy and accessibility, Tokyo ranks fourth out of 35 major cities worldwide and only, but still, lags behind leader New York, No. 2 London and third-place Paris, but it has the potential to go higher, a report released Thursday by ...

| Oct 20, 2009

Abortion still key birth control

People may be surprised to know abortion has been legal in Japan since 1949, more than a decade earlier than in other industrialized countries. In subsequent years, abortion became socially accepted to the point that Japan drew international criticism for attracting foreigners seeking to ...

Chiba's Highland Games offer true flavor of Scotland

| Oct 20, 2009

Chiba's Highland Games offer true flavor of Scotland

Idle dog-walkers and shoppers around JR Makuhari Station were met with an unusual spectacle one sunny Sunday morning earlier this month. A large-framed blond man in a kilt sauntered past the shopping complex; then a group of Japanese women adorned in checked sashes came ...

Oct 16, 2009

Fukuoka cops free American who tried to get kids back

An American man who was arrested in Fukuoka for allegedly abducting his children in order to regain custody has been released from jail, police said Thursday. Christopher Savoie, 38, a Tennessee native, had been accused of taking his two children, aged 6 and 8, ...

Education chief takes liberal path

| Oct 9, 2009

Education chief takes liberal path

New education minister Tatsuo Kawabata says he will give more control of schools to local governments and increase practical learning, indicating a turn away from the conservative policies of previous administrations. “The central government is there to maintain a certain level of education and ...

Oct 7, 2009

Japan hit over child porn

The head of UNICEF on Tuesday condemned Japan’s laws on child pornography, saying the country is falling behind global standards and is guilty of spreading illegal material abroad. “Japan and Russia are the only two G8 countries that do not ban civil possession of ...