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 ...

| Oct 6, 2013

Female novelist says pregnant women should quit work

The plight of Japan’s working women is a subject that often pops up in the media. Female politicians and company executives voice the opinion that it would be good to harness the power of women in Japan, and that the garasu no tenjō (ガラスの天井, ...

S.T. Dupont logs doubled sales on revamped lineup

Sep 27, 2013

S.T. Dupont logs doubled sales on revamped lineup

French hand-made luxury goods maker S.T. Dupont’s president said Thursday that sales in Japan have doubled over the past three years after the company reduced its product lineup to mainly pens and lighters. The company’s business here turned a profit in 2011 and has ...

India envoy stresses Japan's stature

Sep 18, 2013

India envoy stresses Japan's stature

India’s special envoy to Japan said Wednesday the world’s second-most-populous country is ready to make the visit by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in November successful and bilateral ties stronger. Ashwani Kumar is India’s first ever special envoy to any nation. He is to ...

Smoking, now too uncool for school

| Sep 1, 2013

Smoking, now too uncool for school

Kitsuen (喫煙, smoking) could become an obsolete habit in Japan in the near future, as youngsters apparently now consider smoking dasai (ダサい, uncool). A recent survey by the monkashō (文科省, an abbreviation of monbukagakushō, or the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) ...

Japan Inc. backs Olympics bid: Cho

Jul 24, 2013

Japan Inc. backs Olympics bid: Cho

Corporate Japan is an active promoter of sports and is completely behind the effort to secure the 2020 Olympic Games for Tokyo, Toyota Motor Corp. Honorary Chairman Fujio Cho said Wednesday. “Many Japanese companies deeply understand the importance of sports,” Cho, who holds many ...

Voting for idols is bigger than politics

| Jul 1, 2013

Voting for idols is bigger than politics

Elsewhere in the world, the kind of sōsenkyo (総選挙, general election) that fires up public interest and garners media attention is one where political parties compete for national office. In Japan, however, the sōsenkyo of aidoru gurūpu (アイドルグループ, idol group) AKB48 tends to grab ...