Mar 26, 2014

Games organizing board takes shape

The executive board of the organizing committee for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics appointed six vice presidents Wednesday, including Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda and Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda. All 34 of the board’s members, who have been appointed over the past ...

Mar 24, 2014

Lawson COO Tamatsuka to become chain's next president

Major convenience store chain Lawson Inc. announced Monday that it will appoint Chief Operating Officer Genichi Tamatsuka president on May 1 and that CEO Takeshi Niinami will assume the post of chairman. “Mr. Tamatsuka is the best person” to lead the company in terms ...

Ike of Honda to take JAMA helm

Mar 20, 2014

Ike of Honda to take JAMA helm

Honda Motor Co. Chairman Fumihiko Ike will take over as chief of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association in May, the industry lobby group said Thursday. He will succeed Akio Toyoda, the president of Toyota Motor Corp. “Mr. Ike is like no one else, and ...

Mar 20, 2014

Japan Foundation plans fresh cultural surge in Southeast Asia

The Japan Foundation will boost cultural ties with Southeast Asian countries, including increased support for Japanese-language lessons and enhancing art and cultural exchanges, its president said Thursday. The public organization will set up an institution next month to be called the Asia Center to ...

Mar 19, 2014

Tokyo to put up more multi-language signs for Olympics

Tokyo and the central government launched on Wednesday a public-private council to come up with ways to put up more multiple-language signs for the 2020 Olympics. “It’s important to improve the environment for welcoming an influx of foreign visitors, in addition to preparing competition ...

Stem cell papers had 'grave errors'

Mar 14, 2014

Stem cell papers had 'grave errors'

The president of the government-backed Riken institute admitted Friday there were “grave errors” in two papers produced by its researchers on a possible method to create pluripotent stem cells but wouldn’t say whether the alleged irregularities were intentional. Separately Friday, Haruko Obokata, lead author ...