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 ...

Newspapers opened eyes in Yokohama

| May 27, 2009

Newspapers opened eyes in Yokohama

Second in a series When Yokohama port opened in 1859, part of the surrounding area was set aside for a foreign settlement that would become a center for new trends and services over the next 40 years. Among the novel items produced in the ...

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 ...

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, ...