Mar 26, 2009

Director claims new film helped Oe beat lawsuit

Korean-resident film director Pak Su Nam said Wednesday that a confession appearing in her latest documentary about mass murder-suicides by civilians in Okinawa in 1945 helped dismiss a lawsuit against writer Kenzaburo Oe. Oe was recently sued for stating in his book “Okinawa Notes” ...

First CT scan made of eggs inside coelacanth

Mar 20, 2009

First CT scan made of eggs inside coelacanth

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology carried out Wednesday what is believed to be the first CT scan of eggs inside a coelacanth, according to Norihiro Okada, a bioscience professor at the university and a member of the research team. About 40 eggs were ...

Mar 20, 2009

Medical translation course starts in May

Japan’s first full-scale medical translation course will start in May at translation colleges run by Inter Group Co. to produce trained interpreters for hospitals. Yearlong courses in medical translation between Japanese and English will be held at five branches of Inter Group, known as ...

Mar 19, 2009

Don't need stimulus pay? Donate it

For those unsure of how to spend their government cash handouts or opposed to the measure itself, there is now a systematic way to donate the money to charity. Eighty charity groups formed a fund Wednesday that lets stimulus handout donors pick from 17 ...

Mar 19, 2009

Tokyo-area restaurants join Africa water drive

One way to spend the government’s cash handout this three-day weekend is to dine out — and in the process donate clean water to African children to celebrate World Water Day. The Tap Tokyo campaign, backed by UNICEF, will run at more than 200 ...

Michelin Japan guide makes French debut

Mar 17, 2009

Michelin Japan guide makes French debut

The Japan edition of the Michelin Green Guide travel books debuted Monday in bookstores in France. It is the first time Michelin, renowned worldwide for its star-rating assessments of hotels and restaurants, has published a comprehensive guide to Japan’s tourist attractions. Produced by 12 ...

High food hygiene costs choking export growth

Mar 14, 2009

High food hygiene costs choking export growth

Strict hygiene criteria in importing countries and the high cost food producers have to shoulder to meet such requirements are limiting the export of Japanese food, experts said at a recent symposium set up by the Organization to Promote Japanese Restaurants Abroad, or JRO. ...

Elementary school English: Ready or not

Mar 5, 2009

Elementary school English: Ready or not

Poor English skills and coordination with visiting English speakers are just two of the problems worrying elementary school teachers as the government’s two-year transition period to inaugurate weekly classes in the language begins next month. “I know just enough English to understand what the ...

Fall in U.S. Japanese students worrisome

Feb 26, 2009

Fall in U.S. Japanese students worrisome

In a bid to stop the dramatic decline in Japanese studying in the United States, representatives of U.S. colleges and universities met Wednesday with education minister Ryu Shionoya to demand that Japan improve efforts to promote study abroad. After peaking at 47,000 in 1997, ...

Christianity's long history in the margins

| Feb 24, 2009

Christianity's long history in the margins

Prime Minister Taro Aso may be a proclaimed Christian, but as far as the spread of the faith among the populace, it finds only a marginal presence. Certain trappings of Christianity, however, have manifested themselves in modern Japan, particularly in terms of Christian-style weddings ...