May 17, 2012

Tepco halts dividends, so metro buses to run red ink

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s bus operations, running in the black since 2003, probably lost money for the first time for fiscal 2011, and the major reason is the dividends from Tokyo Electric Power Co. shares have dried up. While many bus operators, public and ...

May 16, 2012

Japan unlikely to land Watson despite arrest in Germany

The arrest of Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson in Frankfurt on Sunday is unlikely to lead to his arrest by Japan for a combination of reasons, one being that Tokyo does not have an extradition treaty with Berlin, according to Toru Chochi, a Japan ...

Low incomes drive surge in number of never-marrieds

May 10, 2012

Low incomes drive surge in number of never-marrieds

The percentage of men who have never been married by age 50 topped 20 percent for the first time on record in 2010, coinciding with another societal trend that finds more males are living on reduced incomes, according to a government survey. The finding ...

May 10, 2012

College grad suicides laid to failed job hunt

Suicides among young people who fail to land jobs after college have soared 2.5-fold in the past five years as companies pared hiring amid the recession, underlining the difficulty of launching a career if not hired straight out of school. According to statistics by ...

May 3, 2012

¥76 million donated to Ishihara's islets fund

In the five days since setting up a bank account for the purpose last Friday, 5,428 people and organizations donated ¥76 million to help the Tokyo Metropolitan Government purchase three of the five Senkaku islets, which are under Okinawa jurisdiction but also claimed by ...

Yahoo Japan: Same name, very different company

| Apr 24, 2012

Yahoo Japan: Same name, very different company

Although they have similar names and operate Web portals with a variety of services, Yahoo Japan Corp. is in many ways a very different company from Yahoo Inc. Yahoo’s profits have been falling because of competition from Google, Facebook and other popular sites. This ...

New Olympus picks defeat protests

Apr 21, 2012

New Olympus picks defeat protests

Olympus Corp. won approval Friday to appoint new management, including Yasukuki Kimoto as chief executive officer and Hiroyuki Sasa as president, despite opposition from foreign shareholders. The result effectively means banks and insurance companies that hold shares in the camera and endoscope maker could ...

Apr 18, 2012

Fukushima miscarriage rate stable

Counter to rumor, Fukushima Prefecture has not seen rising rates of miscarriages or abortions due to radiation exposure — or fear of it — since the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11 last year, a survey reveals. The finding suggests that radiation released ...