Lack of vision, flair sank bid: experts

Oct 4, 2009

Lack of vision, flair sank bid: experts

As Tokyo lost the race to host the 2016 Olympic Games to Rio de Janeiro early Saturday, experts, while praising the bid’s promises of secure funding and safety, criticized it as lacking vision and panache. “Tokyo’s bid lacked passion, it didn’t capture the voters’ ...

Etiquette 101 seminars a hit

Sep 24, 2009

Etiquette 101 seminars a hit

How to enter a room with bamboo mats, where to place chopsticks, what not to wear — these are just some of the essential rules of etiquette young professionals are learning from Michiko Noguchi, a veteran restaurant mistress whose seminars on table manners are ...

JRP grads bridge cultures

Sep 19, 2009

JRP grads bridge cultures

A group of young foreigners who visited Japan as part of a study program and mastered the language announced their favorite Japanese words Tuesday to an admiring domestic crowd. The 14 visitors, representing 12 countries from Mongolia to Morocco, gave presentations at Nikkei Hall ...

Sep 17, 2009

Voters want end to pork-barrel politics

As the Democratic Party of Japan formed one of the most hotly anticipated Cabinets in decades, many voters voiced hope the new administration will put a stop to wasteful spending while others remained skeptical it will be able to deliver on its key campaign ...

Women lack confidence, ambition for Diet: experts

Sep 10, 2009

Women lack confidence, ambition for Diet: experts

Although last month’s election brought an unprecedented number of women into the Lower House, female lawmakers both at home and abroad are still subject to double standards and lack the ambition to take the stage in national politics, experts said at a recent symposium. ...

Interest high among foreign media in 'historic' election

Sep 1, 2009

Interest high among foreign media in 'historic' election

The Democratic Party of Japan’s landslide victory election has stirred interest among foreign media, who generally view the ousting of the conservative Liberal Democratic Party, which has ruled almost without interruption for 54 years, as a positive sign of change. In addition to front-page ...

Aug 31, 2009

Voters, fed up with LDP, say it's time for change

As the Democratic Party of Japan’s stunning victory and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s resounding defeat was reported Sunday night, many voters on the streets of Tokyo said they savored their chance to vote for change. At Ueno Station, a 60-year-old employee from Saitama ...

| Aug 27, 2009

Political shift gives hope to gays

The possible power shift in Sunday’s general election signals change for many, and one minority interest group is daring to hope it will bring about the biggest change yet. The nation’s gay and lesbian community, which has long been calling for an antidiscrimination law ...

Japan's H1N1 cases at flu epidemic stage

Aug 22, 2009

Japan's H1N1 cases at flu epidemic stage

On the basis of substantially increased hospitalizations, the H1N1 swine flu outbreak was declared an epidemic by the National Institute of Infectious Diseases on Friday. According to the NIID, the average number of flu patients per hospital during the week of Aug. 10 to ...

Parties wave flag for child-rearing

| Aug 13, 2009

Parties wave flag for child-rearing

Child-rearing support is a focal issue in the campaign for the Aug. 30 election as the two main parties fight to woo parents, especially those who both work or have young children. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its main rival, the Democratic Party ...