Photo retoucher restores memories to disaster survivors

Jan 4, 2013

Photo retoucher restores memories to disaster survivors

Behind every photograph is a story, and New York-based photo retoucher Becci Manson wants to make sure the stories of disaster survivors struggling with the pain of losing loved ones are preserved. This desire inspired her to initiate a project to retouch photos damaged ...

May 21, 2012

G-8 spotlight falls on Noda but holding stage a challenge

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda found himself in the spotlight when he was given a surprise treat during his first stint at the Group of Eight summit — a birthday cake from the current G-8 host, U.S. President Barack Obama, with the rest of the ...

Mar 29, 2012

Noda failed to lift Japan's profile at nuclear summit

With Pyongyang’s planned rocket launch looming over East Asian, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda had the perfect opportunity at this week’s global nuclear summit in Seoul to raise Japan’s presence in dealing with North Korea. But Noda missed out on the chance as he arrived ...

Filipino priest embraces postcrisis challenges

Mar 15, 2012

Filipino priest embraces postcrisis challenges

Filipino priest Resty Ogsimer vividly recalls the overwhelming task he faced when other Filipinos living near the radiation-spewing Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant fled their homes and sought temporary refuge in Tokyo. Acting on a request from the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo, Ogsimer, ...

Japan takes stand in S. China Sea row

Nov 21, 2011

Japan takes stand in S. China Sea row

For Japan, the territorial disputes in the South China Sea may not be directly in its own backyard, but the interests at stake are inextricably linked with its own and are forcing it to come off the fence. Nevertheless, while some members of the ...

Sep 4, 2011

Does Cabinet have a silver lining?

It comes as no surprise that Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, who has been calling for unity within the Democratic Party of Japan, formed a Cabinet based not only on allies but lawmakers from various other factions. But the question is: Can Noda and his ...

Apr 21, 2011

Beer fundraiser helps disaster-hit kids

It’s the season when cherry blossoms lure people to celebrate, with beer in their hands. But for Gary Bremermann, his beer is for a different cause — helping children cope in the aftermath of the March 11 disaster. More than a month after the ...

'K-pop' girl idols striking gold in Japan

Jan 21, 2011

'K-pop' girl idols striking gold in Japan

Thanks to the Internet and an already established fascination with South Korea’s boy bands, young Japanese girls and women are shifting in droves to the latest pop idol sensation — the country’s girl groups. Rio Nagasaki, a 15-year-old junior high school student, is among ...

Aug 13, 2010

JAL crash victims remembered

UENO, Gunma Pref. — Relatives and friends of those who died in the 1985 Japan Airlines jumbo jet crash marked the 25th anniversary of the world’s worst single-aircraft accident Thursday by climbing to the crash site in Gunma Prefecture to offer prayers to those ...