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 ...

| 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 ...