Jul 14, 2009

Ishihara must face the opposition

The Democratic Party of Japan’s rise to pre-eminence in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly may force Gov. Shintaro Ishihara to bend on some of his more controversial policies, notably the funding of troubled lender Shinginko Tokyo, according to observers. His Liberal Democratic Party and its ...

Key gripes converge in Tokyo poll

Jul 1, 2009

Key gripes converge in Tokyo poll

With the July 12 Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election drawing near, opposition parties are beginning to attack the contentious policies endorsed by the bureaucracy and Gov. Shintaro Ishihara. Among the hottest issues are the relocation of the Tsukiji fish market, the bid for the 2016 ...

Pattern found when stars of love align

Jun 24, 2009

Pattern found when stars of love align

When people searching for love find their perfect mate, they often liken the convergence to “chemistry” — that special something that brings one certain individual to the head of the class. According to U.S. biological anthropologist Helen Fisher, whose research on body chemistry is ...

Global torch run lights up day for Kamakura children

| Jun 23, 2009

Global torch run lights up day for Kamakura children

In a tranquil neighborhood surrounded by green mountains in Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture, near a trickling brook and houses with colorful gardens, a group of excited children, aged 4 and 5, emerged from Kobato Nursery school, and headed for a nearby park. All they ...

Jun 19, 2009

An organ in U.S. won't be cheap

Japanese who traveled to the United States to get new hearts were charged as much as about $1.63 million for the operation in 2008, or five times higher than in previous years, medical sources well-versed in organ transplants said Thursday. The figures indicate that ...

Both Japan, U.S. must improve their 'soft power': experts

Jun 19, 2009

Both Japan, U.S. must improve their 'soft power': experts

The world’s two largest economies should reinvigorate their collaborative use of “soft power” to influence other countries as they approach a milestone year in their security alliance, participants said at a recent symposium that included key U.S. commentators on diplomacy. The United States and ...

Occupation orphan traces roots

Jun 6, 2009

Occupation orphan traces roots

For New Yorker Demian Akhan, 60, his recent visit to Japan marked the end of a decades-long journey to discover his roots. He was one of the thousands of mixed-blood babies produced by U.S. servicemen and Japanese women during the Occupation, some of whom ...

Little alternative to risky flu drugs

May 30, 2009

Little alternative to risky flu drugs

Many may wonder at the use of Tamiflu to treat young victims of the H1N1 flu, given reports in recent years of teen deaths linked to the antiviral drug. But experts say prescribing Tamiflu is inevitable because there are only limited alternatives for combating ...

Housewives' essays tell other story of Japan

May 23, 2009

Housewives' essays tell other story of Japan

“Manga,” “anime,” kabuki, geisha — these are some of the images of Japanese culture that Westerners are most familiar with. But one writers’ club is seeking to shift the spotlight with their recently published English-language book about everyday life in Japan. “We wanted to ...