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 ...

Pearl-inlaid wedding dress showcased

Jul 21, 2012

Pearl-inlaid wedding dress showcased

Major jeweler Mikimoto & Co. displayed a wedding dress Friday inlaid with 13,262 pearls. The dress, whose retail price is ¥35 million, will be displayed at Mikimoto’s outlet in Nagoya until July 27. It was already displayed in the jeweler’s Ginza outlet in Tokyo ...

Health: It's in 'tokuho' label

| Jul 3, 2012

Health: It's in 'tokuho' label

Kirin Beverage Co.’s hit beverage Mets Cola has gained Consumer Affairs Agency recognition as “tokuho,” which is short for “tokutei hokenyou shokuhin,” or foods with special healthy qualities. Cola drinks are generally not believed to contribute to good health, but consumers have snapped up ...

Jun 30, 2012

Rakuten's English drive ready to take full effect, chief says

Rakuten Inc. CEO Hiroshi Mikitani is happy with the improvement of his workers’ English proficiency and all employees understand its importance as the company expands globally, he said Friday. Rakuten will mark the formal beginning of what it calls the “Englishnization” project Sunday. Employees ...

'Gundam' characters grace guest rooms at Grand Pacific Le Daiba

Jun 29, 2012

'Gundam' characters grace guest rooms at Grand Pacific Le Daiba

Grand Pacific Le Daiba, a hotel in Minato Ward, Tokyo, will be offering three guest rooms starting Friday with interior decorations featuring characters from the popular “Mobile Suit Gundam” animated series. Gundam Front Tokyo, which features a huge, life-size Gundam statue and a museum, ...

Photog calls on Nikon to stand up to rightists

Jun 29, 2012

Photog calls on Nikon to stand up to rightists

South Korean photographer Ahn Se Hong, whose photos of wartime sex slaves are being exhibited at Nikon Salon in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, urged Nikon Corp. on Thursday not to give in to pressure from rightwingers. The world-renowned camera maker had originally said it would ...