Digital detox retreats let stressed Japanese log out

Dec 26, 2014

Digital detox retreats let stressed Japanese log out

While many tourists go to great lengths to always be digitally accessible, a growing number of gadget-weary travelers in Japan are seeing what it is like to leave behind mobile phones and social media services altogether. Joining a trend that started overseas last year, ...

Dec 22, 2014

Filipino cooking project targets female Japanese tourists

Thai noodles and Indian curries are well known among young, gourmet-loving Japanese women, but dishes from the Philippines have yet to find their way into the hearts and stomachs of this key demographic. In an effort to remedy the situation — and in the ...

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 in Japan using mascots as 'cultural ambassadors'

Oct 18, 2013

Embassies in Japan using mascots as 'cultural 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 ...