Lawmaker apologizes for sexist jibe

Jun 23, 2014

Lawmaker apologizes for sexist jibe

A Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker apologized on Monday for shouting a sexist remark last week at a female colleague from Your Party during a plenary session of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly. Akihiro Suzuki, 51, apologized at a news conference at City Hall five days ...

Japan urged to do more to promote its language overseas

Jun 22, 2014

Japan urged to do more to promote its language overseas

Japan needs to make bigger efforts to promote its culture and gain public support for the promotion of Japanese-language education overseas, according to a linguistics scholar who has taught the language for more than 40 years in the United States. Princeton University professor emeritus ...

Severe penalties sought for Riken, Obokata over STAP scandal

Jun 13, 2014

Severe penalties sought for Riken, Obokata over STAP scandal

A third-party reform panel set up by the government-backed Riken institute has called for severe penalties for stem cell researcher Haruko Obokata and her supervisors, and for the biology center where she works to be disbanded. The proposal was submitted Thursday to Riken President ...

Police to flood Shibuya as Japan kicks off World Cup campaign

Jun 11, 2014

Police to flood Shibuya as Japan kicks off World Cup campaign

Tokyo police will deploy about 800 officers in the Shibuya area Sunday to control crowds and reduce jams, noise and possible vandalism as Japan faces Cote d’Ivoire in the opening round of soccer’s World Cup. “We expect considerable congestion with soccer fans, shoppers and ...

Popularity of 'kendama' abroad spurs trend at home

Jun 11, 2014

Popularity of 'kendama' abroad spurs trend at home

The traditional cup-and-ball game “kendama” is back, thanks to a new “cool” image mostly nurtured overseas and imported back to Japan. “Definitely, people who had never been associated with kendama, especially young people (in their 20s and 30s), have become hooked for a year ...

Nissan to launch first electric minivan

Jun 9, 2014

Nissan to launch first electric minivan

Nissan Motor Co., moving to expand its lineup of eco-friendly vehicles here, said Monday it will launch its first all-electric commercial-use vehicle in October. “While our competitors are coming to market with their first electric vehicle, we’re breaking convention once again by expanding and ...