Mother reforesting in China to fulfill late son's wish

Jun 26, 2008

Mother reforesting in China to fulfill late son's wish

Every spring, Yi Jiefang plants trees in China’s Inner Mongolia in the hope of holding back the spreading deserts and sandstorms, because greening the area was the wish of her only beloved, late child. Yi’s son, Yang Ruizhe, died in a traffic accident in ...

Japanese-Filipino kids await fate

Jun 4, 2008

Japanese-Filipino kids await fate

The dream of Masami, 10, is to one day become a police officer to protect the people. But a major obstacle lies in her way — she doesn’t hold Japanese citizenship, one of the requirements for the job. Masami Tapiru’s father is Japanese and ...

Widow fights on to clear tortured reporter's name

Mar 13, 2008

Widow fights on to clear tortured reporter's name

Maki Kimura’s inexhaustible energy in seeking justice in the Yokohama Incident — a still ongoing case of repression of free speech dating back over 60 years — is a reflection of the strong bond she built with her husband during their six years of ...

Unclaimed bicycles here are saving lives in other countries

Jan 15, 2008

Unclaimed bicycles here are saving lives in other countries

Albertina Muloongo, a health-care service provider, had seen many people in Zambia suffering from malaria forced to walk or even stagger hours to see a doctor, as neither public transportation nor private vehicle ownership is very common in the country. But their lives have ...

Ainu 'rebels' mix it up to get message across

Nov 22, 2007

Ainu 'rebels' mix it up to get message across

Mina Sakai wanted to improve the status of her people and their self-esteem in a way that would also entertain ordinary people, not through a bookish history lecture that might lull them to sleep. Over the past year, the 24-year-old Ainu woman from Obihiro, ...

Myanmar activists look to spread freedom via Internet

Oct 27, 2007

Myanmar activists look to spread freedom via Internet

Over the past year, a Tokyo-based group of overseas Myanmar democracy activists has broadened its presence among peers back home via an audio news program broadcast over the Internet. One Saturday evening in October, Than Swe (no relation to the leader of Myanmar’s military ...

Feb 17, 2005

Vstone leader Yamato gears up for RoboCup

OSAKA — Members of Team OSAKA bubbled over with excitement after their teammate scored a goal in a penalty-kick shootout, leading the team to victory in a sort of world soccer championship. The little goal-scorer is a 39-cm humanoid robot named VisiON. VisiON was ...

Calls for change as WHS status threatens one of Japan's gems

Feb 6, 2005

Calls for change as WHS status threatens one of Japan's gems

The breathtaking mountain landscape of the Kii Peninsula, and its ancient temples, monasteries and shrines have captivated the Japanese people for more than 1,000 years. In July last year, the region was brought to the attention of the outside world too, when three holy ...

Getting holy in Wakayama

Dec 10, 2004

Getting holy in Wakayama

Since ancient times, pilgrims have ventured into heavily forested mountains in Wakayama Prefecture to visit Koyasan, the headquarters of the Shingon sect of esoteric Buddhism. This is regarded as one of the most sacred places in Japan, lying in an alpine basin at an ...