All eyes turn to race for governor's office in Chiba

Mar 23, 2009

All eyes turn to race for governor's office in Chiba

CHIBA (Kyodo) The upcoming Chiba gubernatorial election will be drawing an unusual amount of attention as an indicator of whether the public still wants the Democratic Party of Japan to unseat the Liberal Democratic Party in the next national election in spite of the ...

Koizumi's clout wanes; LDP out of favor

Mar 18, 2009

Koizumi's clout wanes; LDP out of favor

Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi still ranks high in public opinion polls as the lawmaker most suitable as prime minister, but his political clout no longer appears to be what it once was. Last month, Koizumi rebuked Prime Minister Taro Aso and walked out ...

DPJ-backed unknown's victory bodes ill for LDP

Mar 3, 2009

DPJ-backed unknown's victory bodes ill for LDP

YAMAGATA (Kyodo) Speculation continues to mount that Prime Minister Taro Aso’s days are numbered, as his political foes step up their attacks following the recent resignation of one of his closest Cabinet allies, but signs of his administration’s decline were already evident weeks ago ...

North not priority of summiteers, Obama

Jan 13, 2009

North not priority of summiteers, Obama

SEOUL — Despite their frequent meetings, Prime Minister Taro Aso and South Korean President Lee Myung Bak have produced no substantial results on issues linked to North Korea, dashing hopes that the two leaders may achieve a breakthrough in the deadlock on the Korean ...

Film 'Grandpa' looks at fate of Brazilians here

Oct 22, 2008

Film 'Grandpa' looks at fate of Brazilians here

Kenichi Konno, 96, flew 26 hours to Japan every year for 15 years until he turned 94, all for concern about the fate of Japanese-Brazilian emigrants. “Away from Brazil, I would like to find out what Brazilians of Japanese ancestry should become and what ...

Aug 23, 2008

Language, not labor, key for Japanese-Brazilians

Cinthia Nagashima, 24, has been unemployed since she lost her factory job in May and is now aware of the need to study Japanese more strongly than before. Japanese fluency was a requirement for her previous job, too, but Nagashima, who is from Brazil ...

Japanese-Brazilian families: a failure to communicate

Aug 1, 2008

Japanese-Brazilian families: a failure to communicate

Monica Omura was at a loss when her son, Masashi, 7, began ignoring her. It’s not that he became rebellious. He just couldn’t understand what his mother said to him in Portuguese — their native language. “I got freaked out when I realized he ...

War-separated aged seek nationality

Jul 26, 2008

War-separated aged seek nationality

Gloria Fuji Mangao could not stop crying when her father told her to take good care of her mother and get along with her siblings. It was the last time she saw him before he was deported to Japan soon after the end of ...