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 ...

Aug 12, 2010

JAL: Memory of 1985 crash keeps it focused on safety

Twenty-five years after a Japan Airlines jumbo jet crashed into the mountains of Gunma Prefecture, the world’s worst single-aircraft accident continues to keep the airline focused on safety as it struggles with reconstruction, and the relatives of those who died alert to see that ...

Jul 21, 2010

Businesses quick to embrace iPad

It’s been only a month since Apple Inc.’s iPad tablet computer hit the Japanese market, but already a string of businesses are looking to use the multifunctional gadget in their marketing strategies. But as the iPad, which runs on a unique operating system, outsells ...

Mar 17, 2010

PHS has uncertain future in cell phone sector

After Willcom Inc., the nation’s largest personal handy-phone system service provider, undergoes rehabilitation, will Japan’s PHS service still find a niche for itself amid the saturated mobile market? While debt-ridden Willcom is quick to point out the unique benefits of PHS for hospitals, which ...