Japan provides meeting guests with 'cool' items

Oct 12, 2012

Japan provides meeting guests with 'cool' items

For foreign ministers and others who have come to Tokyo to discuss international cooperation on difficult subjects such as the European debt crisis, the Japanese government has prepared some entertainment. The office set up by the Ministry of Finance for the preparation of the ...

S.T. Dupont excels amid steady growth in luxury brand market

Oct 3, 2012

S.T. Dupont excels amid steady growth in luxury brand market

S.T. Dupont, a maker of luxury lighters, pens and other merchandise, will continue to outsell industry rivals thanks to the launch of new attractive products, according to its global president. Even in the sluggish economy, the company’s annual sales have grown more than 20 ...

Nankai quake projected toll radically raised

Aug 30, 2012

Nankai quake projected toll radically raised

As many as 323,000 people in 30 prefectures could be killed by a major earthquake and ensuing monster tsunami that scientists say could hit in the Nankai Trough off the Pacific coast, the Cabinet Office’s Central Disaster Prevention Council said Wednesday. The estimated toll ...

What if no-benefit 'retirement' age is set at 40?

Aug 22, 2012

What if no-benefit 'retirement' age is set at 40?

When a government panel’s proposal that companies set their “retirement” age at 40 was released in early July, it made headlines and triggered hot debate on the Internet. Many opinions posted were against the proposal, which effectively means initial-career employers would be able to ...

Japan's hold on Olympic judo slipping

| Aug 21, 2012

Japan's hold on Olympic judo slipping

Judo became an Olympic sport in the 1964 Tokyo Games and was dominated by the country of its origin until the 2008 Games in Beijing. This summer in London, Japan’s men failed to win a single gold medal in judo and its women claimed ...

Aug 11, 2012

New foreigner IDs now bear minister's signature

Immigration offices nationwide Sunday began issuing “zairyu” residence cards to foreign residents with the electronic signature of the justice minister, a Justice Ministry spokeswoman said Friday. Due to a computer glitch, eight regional bureaus, six district immigration offices and 63 branch offices have issued ...

Foreign students of Japanese hold Tokyo summit

Aug 6, 2012

Foreign students of Japanese hold Tokyo summit

At a symposium in Tokyo on Sunday, 12 people between the ages of 17 and 25 from a dozen different countries exchanged views about their cultures and the things they experienced during a one-month stay in Japan. The symposium was the final event of ...

Aug 3, 2012

Schools must probe for 'grave cases' of bullying

The education ministry has ordered public elementary, junior high and high schools to conduct an emergency survey of their students about “grave cases” of bullying and for school officials to tell the ministry how they are dealing with the problem. The special move is ...

| Jul 30, 2012

Mikitani and his 'Englishnization' of Japanese business

On July 1, Rakuten Inc. CEO Hiroshi Mikitani published a book about his company’s so-called Englishnization project titled “Takaga Eigo!” (「たかが英語!」”It’s only English”) to coincide with the the start of the company’s eigo kōyōgoka (英語公用語化, making English the official language). The formal English name ...