Nov 18, 2011

Microfinance funds to help rebuild small Tohoku businesses

An operator of online retail investment funds that support fledgling musicians has found a new niche helping small businesses devastated by the March 11 disasters through microfinancing, or small-lot lending that does not require collateral. Tokyo-based Music Securities Inc. set up new funds in ...

Nov 10, 2011

Star power recruited to aid tourism

After the March 11 quake and tsunami put on hold publisher Yasuko Suzuki’s plan to launch a free English magazine introducing Japanese culture and travel information to foreign visitors, the next idea that occurred to her was to turn for help from celebrities known ...

Aug 26, 2011

Canadian firms keen to engage with postdisaster Japan

Despite Japan’s battered global image following the March 11 disasters and nuclear crisis, many Canadian businesses are displaying interest in the world’s third-largest economy. In July, more than 400 people representing about 250 companies took part in a series of business seminars held in ...

China-ASEAN pact important to Japan

Jul 25, 2011

China-ASEAN pact important to Japan

An accord between China and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations to defuse tension over territorial disputes in the South China Sea is of considerable importance to Japan, which itself is engaged in spats with China in the East China Sea. Foreign Minister ...

May 25, 2011

Effort to ease radiation fears in Asia may have limited effect

The nation’s desperate efforts to ease widespread concerns over its products caused by the nuclear crisis in Fukushima Prefecture have borne some fruit, as important trade partners China and South Korea agreed to take a scientific-based approach for Japanese imports at a trilateral summit ...

May 23, 2011

Debate awaits on child custody pact

After years of foreign pressure, Japan finally decided Friday to sign a treaty to settle cross-border child custody disputes, but a heated debate is expected to continue as proponents of the pact hope the move leads to the formation of a system that will ...

Italians join forces to aid tsunami-ravaged city in Iwate

May 20, 2011

Italians join forces to aid tsunami-ravaged city in Iwate

Some 500 people in the city of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, one of the areas worst hit by the March 11 quake and tsunami, earlier this month received a pasta, soup and wine treat provided by prominent Italian chefs from Tokyo. The event, named Domenica ...

Ishigaki fishermen fret over Senkaku encroachment

Dec 8, 2010

Ishigaki fishermen fret over Senkaku encroachment

ISHIGAKI, Okinawa Pref. — Fishermen from Ishigaki Island in Okinawa, which has jurisdiction over the Senkaku Islands, have called on the central government to deal with the increasing presence of Taiwanese fishing boats in nearby waters, which they say threaten their safety and livelihood. ...