Weak yen will trump prints row for tourists

| Jan 22, 2008

Weak yen will trump prints row for tourists

Online letters of protest were filled out. A group of nearly 70 civic organizations from around the world delivered a formal letter of disapproval to Justice Minister Kunio Hatoyama. Protesters gathered outside the Justice Ministry and thrust an inflated 3-meter-high yellow hand with an ...

Seeking a life in balance

| Jan 1, 2008

Seeking a life in balance

A task force set out earlier this year to bring more balance to the the grueling lifestyles that have become engrained in Japanese society over the past century. In November, a set of employment guidelines were formally adopted by the government. The traditional lifestyle ...

Watching them watching us

| Nov 20, 2007

Watching them watching us

A s many non-Japanese are well aware, today is “G Day,” or “F Day,” or whatever cute name you’d like to assign to it: The day that the government begins fingerprinting virtually all foreigners — or “gaijin,” or more appropriately “gaikokujin” — entering Japan. ...