Males fancy being veggie, fruit 'sommeliers'

Dec 28, 2009

Males fancy being veggie, fruit 'sommeliers'

Gone are the days when women were the most health-conscious consumer group because the fascination with vegetables and fruit is now catching the eye of Japanese men increasingly keen to learn more about these rich sources of nutrients. The domestic media have coined the ...

Designer bucks 'cost-conscious' trend

Sep 3, 2009

Designer bucks 'cost-conscious' trend

At a time when people are looking to buy cheap items ranging from daily commodities to clothing and furniture, industrial and automotive designer Ken Okuyama appears to be in no hurry to jump on the bandwagon with manufacturers and retailers. Okuyama, who founded the ...

Netbook craze sparks rethink by PC makers

Aug 25, 2009

Netbook craze sparks rethink by PC makers

Smaller and low-cost notebook personal computers with limited functions, now known as netbooks, are fast becoming a favorite among users worldwide who simply want a low-cost lightweight PC to browse the Web and handle e-mail. With Sony Corp. releasing one this month, netbooks have ...

Aug 18, 2009

Violinist shirks off her tragic image

Diana Yukawa first grabbed the limelight in Japan as a 14-year-old playing the violin at a memorial service, struggling with the loss of her father in the 1985 Japan Airlines crash that killed 520 people onboard. Now, nine years after her debut on the ...

Jul 17, 2009

Mighty Seven-Eleven racing toward a cliff?

Like many people in Japan, Erwin Dwight Paler visits convenience stores for a variety of reasons — to buy coffee perhaps, or to withdraw money from an ATM, or just to pick up snacks and various daily necessities. “Because it’s 24 hours a day, ...

Apprentice Danish chef gets taste of Japan

Jun 22, 2009

Apprentice Danish chef gets taste of Japan

When Philip von Arenstorff, a young Dane training to be a chef, set foot in Japan for the first time this month, he had only a vague idea of the country’s food culture. But after a weeklong visit to Tokyo and its vicinity, the ...

May 3, 2009

Chrysler's failure stirs concern over parts makers

Chrysler LLC’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing has ended the guessing game on the future of the Big Three automaker, but Japan’s automakers are now wondering how badly the event will impact their parts makers. Chrysler’s bankruptcy will “definitely be a negative for the broader ...

Philippine isle tries cashing in on war link

Jan 12, 2008

Philippine isle tries cashing in on war link

Kojiro Hayashi vividly recalls the image of swaying palm trees, crystal-clear blue seas and a sense of peace when he first visited Lubang, a small island in the western Philippines, in May 1996. It was also a thought-provoking trip for Hayashi as he was ...

Sep 10, 2007

Abe stakes his job on extension of refueling mission

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe indicated Sunday that he is ready to resign if he fails to get Parliament to extend Japan’s refueling mission in the Indian Ocean for U.S.-led antiterrorism operations in and around Afghanistan, stressing that its extension has become an “international ...