Reforms open SE Asia's 'last frontier'

| Jan 22, 2014

Reforms open SE Asia's 'last frontier'

Newly democratizing Myanmar is a suitable destination for Japanese direct investment as it is Southeast Asia’s “last frontier,” two researchers based in Singapore said at a symposium in Tokyo. The two agreed that Myanmar has a long way to go before it achieves full ...

Impress your hosts with <I>osechi</I> meanings

| Jan 5, 2014

Impress your hosts with osechi meanings

Shōgatsu (正月, New Year) is the time when most Japanese carry out certain religious rituals, though many of them may not realize what they do has religious significance. The ancient Japanese believed that toshigami-sama (年神様, year god) visited them in the shōgatsu period and ...

Germany's role in EU divides bloc

| Jan 3, 2014

Germany's role in EU divides bloc

Does Germany hurt or help Europe? Germany receives praise and condemnation for being the only winner in Europe. Regardless, Germany will have to play a leading role in Europe, three German journalists said at a symposium in Tokyo. One of the three argued German ...

Some illuminations on the red lantern

| Dec 1, 2013

Some illuminations on the red lantern

Last month, the chōchin (提灯, a Japanese traditional lantern) at Kaminarimon (雷門, the gate of Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, in Tokyo’s Taito Ward) was replaced with a new one, the first time it has been renewed since 2003. The Kaminarimon chōchin is 3.9 meters ...

Hyogo lawmakers bent on U.S. diplomacy boost

Nov 26, 2013

Hyogo lawmakers bent on U.S. diplomacy boost

Liberal Democratic Party members of the Hyogo Prefectural Assembly began periodic meetings this month with representatives of the U.S. Consulate in Osaka-Kobe to enhance diplomacy with the U.S. through better communication, an assembly member said. “The Japan-U.S. relationship is very important and there are ...

This is the year of the typhoon

| Nov 3, 2013

This is the year of the typhoon

We have never had more taifū (台風, typhoon)-related news than we have had this year. Japan has had at least 28 typhoons so far in 2013 and the number is likely to surpass 30 — the first time this will have happened in 19 ...

Oct 20, 2013

Abe 'arrows' to fall short: professor

A Stanford University professor has criticized Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic strategy, saying it will be impossible for the government to speedily execute all of the items in his “Abenomics” policy package. “I counted and there are at least 170 items which Japan wants ...