May 29, 2012

'Various reasons' halted sex slave exhibit: Nikon

Nikon Corp. canceled its planned photo exhibition of wartime sex slaves for “various reasons,” the major camera maker has announced. Although Nikon declined to state the specific reasons for the cancellation, a company spokesman admitted it received a number of complaints about the event, ...

Japan's stellar speller ready for global contest

May 25, 2012

Japan's stellar speller ready for global contest

Natural learner Haruka Masuda’s secret is reading, reading and reading. The 12-year-old champion of The 3rd Japan Times Spelling Bee in March is set for the global stage, where she will compete with 277 other contestants from the United States and other countries in ...

Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building set to reopen

May 24, 2012

Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building set to reopen

An “old and new” landmark will soon be back up and running at JR Tokyo Station. The red-brick Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building, designated in 2003 as an Important Cultural Property of Japan, has been undergoing a major refurbishment since 2007 to restore its original ...

Spooked lemurs avoid the ground after celestial event

May 22, 2012

Spooked lemurs avoid the ground after celestial event

Possibly influenced by the annular eclipse Monday morning, 23 ring-tailed lemurs at the Japan Monkey Center in Inuyama stayed in palm trees and on poles instead of coming down to eat as usual around 7 a.m., said Akira Kato, general manager of the zoo ...

May 17, 2012

Tepco halts dividends, so metro buses to run red ink

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s bus operations, running in the black since 2003, probably lost money for the first time for fiscal 2011, and the major reason is the dividends from Tokyo Electric Power Co. shares have dried up. While many bus operators, public and ...

May 16, 2012

Japan unlikely to land Watson despite arrest in Germany

The arrest of Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson in Frankfurt on Sunday is unlikely to lead to his arrest by Japan for a combination of reasons, one being that Tokyo does not have an extradition treaty with Berlin, according to Toru Chochi, a Japan ...

Low incomes drive surge in number of never-marrieds

May 10, 2012

Low incomes drive surge in number of never-marrieds

The percentage of men who have never been married by age 50 topped 20 percent for the first time on record in 2010, coinciding with another societal trend that finds more males are living on reduced incomes, according to a government survey. The finding ...

May 10, 2012

College grad suicides laid to failed job hunt

Suicides among young people who fail to land jobs after college have soared 2.5-fold in the past five years as companies pared hiring amid the recession, underlining the difficulty of launching a career if not hired straight out of school. According to statistics by ...

May 3, 2012

¥76 million donated to Ishihara's islets fund

In the five days since setting up a bank account for the purpose last Friday, 5,428 people and organizations donated ¥76 million to help the Tokyo Metropolitan Government purchase three of the five Senkaku islets, which are under Okinawa jurisdiction but also claimed by ...