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Empowering elderly people key to Japan's growth: ADB think tank chief

Jul 21, 2014

Empowering elderly people key to Japan's growth: ADB think tank chief

Empowering elderly people in Japan’s aging society is the key to reviving and sustaining economic growth in the world’s third-largest economy, according to the head of a think tank unit of the Asian Development Bank. “Demography is the biggest problem for Japanese recovery,” Naoyuki ...

'Frozen' warms hearts across Japan

Jun 18, 2014

'Frozen' warms hearts across Japan

Michiko Miyata had never watched Disney movies, thinking they were only for young people. But she was in for a big surprise when she saw the company’s latest animated film about a princess with ice powers and her sister. “I was touched by the ...

Jun 4, 2014

Asia think tanks aiming to make a mark in easing regional tensions

At a time when governments and policymakers throughout Asia are struggling to find common ground on territorial disputes and other contentious matters, think tanks are trying to tap into their unique roles to bridge the gaps. Ruan Zongze, vice president of the China Institute ...

Sacred dance helps preserve community spirit in Tohoku

Mar 5, 2014

Sacred dance helps preserve community spirit in Tohoku

When Masayuki Sasayama’s house was swept away by the tsunami three years ago, he was temporarily separated from his family and forced to stay in an evacuation shelter, but the tragedy did not stop him from helping preserve his hometown’s “kagura,” a traditional performance ...

Okayama uniqueness in its jeans?

Nov 26, 2013

Okayama uniqueness in its jeans?

As the birthplace of Japanese jeans, Okayama Prefecture is more passionate than other areas in demonstrating the cross-generational appeal of denim. In what organizers say is a first for Japan, local governments, labor unions and groups in Okayama have joined hands to create an ...

ASEAN ties pushed as China ties smolder

Nov 18, 2013

ASEAN ties pushed as China ties smolder

Just 11 months into office, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited all 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as Japan seeks to further cement its strategic ties with the region at a time when relations with China remain sour. But some ...

Embassies using mascots as ambassadors

Oct 18, 2013

Embassies using mascots as ambassadors

With the Japanese public smitten with adorable or bizarre costumed characters created to promote localities or events, some foreign embassies are not missing out on the chance to catch a ride on the massive mascot boom. Collectively called “yuru-chara,” which translates as “loose or ...

Briton's bus stop makeover in tsunami-hit area just a start

Apr 30, 2013

Briton's bus stop makeover in tsunami-hit area just a start

A bus stop bench, in a rather forlorn state, is situated against the backdrop of an idyllic, seaside landscape in Ohara, Miyagi Prefecture, a remote area devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The sight of the small community on Tohoku’s Oshika Peninsula ...

Tomodachi program lets youths dream anew

Mar 16, 2013

Tomodachi program lets youths dream anew

Three young women had simple aspirations before the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and nuclear crisis altered the landscape of the northeast and their lives on March 11. “I lost everything I had and my life was totally changed,” said Ayaka Ogawa, who became the ...

3/11 students vow leadership roles

Mar 13, 2013

3/11 students vow leadership roles

Students from the Tohoku region devastated by the March 11, 2011, disasters have vowed to draw from their experiences and take on new roles on the global stage. “We were given opportunities to examine global issues and think about how to address them,” Atsuko ...