Jan 29, 2009

NHK to launch global 24-hour news channel

NHK will launch Japan’s first 24-hour international broadcasting service on Feb. 2. NHK World TV will provide international news in English, with a focus on Japan and Asia. It will be available in some 70 countries and regions via satellite, cable TV and the ...

Tsukiji reopens tuna auctions to the public

Jan 20, 2009

Tsukiji reopens tuna auctions to the public

The Tsukiji fish market, one of Tokyo’s most popular tourist attractions, reopened its early morning tuna auctions to the public Monday after a monthlong ban. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which runs the gigantic wholesale market in Chuo Ward, temporarily banned onlookers, 90 percent of ...

Jan 14, 2009

Househusband not such a bad gig, one-third of men say

Nearly a third of married men would not mind being househusbands, according to a recent survey by the Housework Aptitude Test executive committee. Among the 2,080 married men and women in their 20s to 50s who were polled in Tokyo, Osaka, Aichi, Hokkaido and ...

| Jan 13, 2009

Graduate job search in full swing, despite recession

Each year, the cherry blossoms of April are accompanied by the nervous march of over 400,000 fresh-faced graduates on their way to their new jobs. Many of these new graduates, or “shin-sotsu,” will have gone through more than 18 months of job hunting, called ...

Hibiya Park tent city for jobless closes down

Jan 6, 2009

Hibiya Park tent city for jobless closes down

Some 500 jobless people, many of them laid-off temp workers, who spent the New Year’s period encamped in Hibiya Park were relocated Monday to four other sites arranged by the welfare ministry after volunteers closed the temporary shelter in the heart of Tokyo. “This ...

Countdown party India style

| Jan 6, 2009

Countdown party India style

Almost a quarter of the Indian community in eastern Tokyo, adults and children alike, shared a lively countdown party with Japanese locals on Dec. 31. “Chak de India Countdown Party 2009,” held at a venue in Nishi Kasai in east Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward, was ...

Volunteers offer jobless temps free food, advice

Jan 1, 2009

Volunteers offer jobless temps free food, advice

Temp workers who have lost their jobs amid the global financial crisis lined up Wednesday for free food and consultations with volunteers at Tokyo’s Hibiya Park. The event, sponsored by 20 groups, including unions, citizen groups and lawyers, will run through Monday. The groups ...