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. ...

Uncertainty over tests stymies India nuclear pact

| Oct 26, 2010

Uncertainty over tests stymies India nuclear pact

Torn between economic gains and a national credo of abolishing nuclear weapons as the only country struck by them, Japan faces a dilemma in negotiating a civilian nuclear cooperation pact with India. The three-day visit by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh once again highlights ...

| Sep 26, 2010

China tensions cloud Kan U.N. trip

NEW YORK — Prime Minister Naoto Kan and new Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara’s trip to attend U.N. General Assembly meetings in New York was largely overshadowed by tensions between Japan and China over a ship collision incident near the disputed Senkaku Islands that escalated ...

UNICEF: Narrow poverty gaps

Sep 12, 2010

UNICEF: Narrow poverty gaps

The head of the U.N. Children’s Fund office in Tokyo is calling on the government to try to narrow gaps among the poor in its efforts to help achieve the U.N. Millennium Development Goals on poverty reduction. In a recent interview, Kunihiko Hirabayashi, director ...

Firms tie English to survival

Aug 11, 2010

Firms tie English to survival

The recent moves by up-and-coming companies such as Rakuten Inc. and Fast Retailing Co. to adopt English as their official in-house language by 2012 reveal their resolve to compete globally to survive. Rakuten President Hiroshi Mikitani’s call for executives who can’t speak English by ...

| Jul 1, 2010

Your Party touting smaller government

Your Party is campaigning on a growth-oriented policy in hopes of striking a chord with businesspeople unhappy with the economy. Compared with the Democratic Party of Japan and Liberal Democratic Party, which both somewhat back big government with their vow to hike the consumption ...

Apr 8, 2010

Tokyo's CO2 cap-and-trade may set national standard

Asia’s first mandatory program to cut greenhouse gas emissions, launched last week by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, could provide a much-needed model for the central government, which is struggling to design a nationwide emissions trading system this year. Under the leadership of Gov. Shintaro ...