Tokyo health centers swamped by callers

May 22, 2009

Tokyo health centers swamped by callers

Worried callers are swamping phone lines at health centers near the school and homes of two Tokyo-area high school students confirmed to have swine flu. This is the first time, apart from four cases at Narita airport earlier this month, that the new H1N1 ...

Virus could reach Tokyo anytime

May 19, 2009

Virus could reach Tokyo anytime

With more than 130 new cases of swine flu detected in Hyogo and Osaka prefectures, an expert on infectious diseases warns the new virus could reach Tokyo within days. “It could be today or tomorrow, as soon as someone who has caught the virus ...

| May 19, 2009

Weight of Imperial world on Princess Masako

Observers often liken Crown Princess Masako to Britain’s Princess Diana. They both embody the fairy tale gone tragically wrong — women outside the royal circle wooed by the heir to the throne, only to end up clashing with the establishment and surrounded by controversy ...

May 10, 2009

Activists to lobby for improved child care

A new activist group campaigning for better child care policies in Japan said at its inaugural event Saturday that it intends to put direct pressure on the government by highlighting Japan’s shortcomings compared with other countries. Speaking at a symposium in Minato Ward, Tokyo, ...

Government day care falling short

May 8, 2009

Government day care falling short

The line of children waiting to get into government-subsidized day care is swelling for the first time in five years, a sign of these recessionary times, some observers say. But for others it is merely the latest blow in a long-term problem, especially for ...

| May 2, 2009

Tips to prepare for influenza outbreak

Concern about the new flu, called a type H1N1, is spreading in Japan as global alert levels have been raised regarding a possible pandemic. Although no cases of infection has been confirmed in Japan, foreign residents in particular may be keen to know where ...

Yokohama opens anniversary expo for preview

Apr 24, 2009

Yokohama opens anniversary expo for preview

YOKOHAMA — Under the theme “Set Sail!” an exposition commemorating the 150th anniversary of the opening of Yokohama port kicks off Tuesday. Organizers say the event combines mechanical and technological spectacles with environmentally friendly messages. “In the past we held events to celebrate the ...

Apr 16, 2009

JTA still upbeat about reaching 2020 target

Despite the strong yen, the government remains optimistic about achieving its target of attracting 20 million annual foreign visitors by 2020, the head of the Japan Tourism Agency said Wednesday. Japan attracted 8.4 million tourists from overseas last year, according to the Japan National ...