Those off lay judge hook feel relieved

Aug 4, 2009

Those off lay judge hook feel relieved

Relief was the overriding emotion of the candidates who weren’t picked in a final lottery draw Monday to participate in the first criminal trial under the new lay judge system. “I was glad because I had been nervous and worried, as I don’t have ...

Belgian no waffler on love, life in Japan

| Jul 25, 2009

Belgian no waffler on love, life in Japan

Pascal Latui, 28, first fell for Yumiko, 36, on a backpacking trip in Japan in June 2006. She was a receptionist at the Tokyo youth hostel where he was staying. Though he returned home to Belgium after 20 days, he was determined to return ...

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 ...