Feb 4, 2009

Statute of limitations in slayings hit

With less than three years left before the statute of limitations runs out on the 1996 murder of his daughter, Kenji Kobayashi knew he would regret it if he allowed the clock to tick away without taking action. The 62-year-old Kobayashi, compelled to act ...

Multilingual Koyasan wins over foreigners

Jan 21, 2009

Multilingual Koyasan wins over foreigners

KOYA, Wakayama Pref. (Kyodo) In a dimly lit hall in the sacred Koyasan temple complex, a Swiss-born Buddhist priest joins other monks in reciting sutras in the early morning as foreign tourists watch the solemn 90-minute ceremony with intense interest. Kurt Genso, 57, whose ...

Apr 7, 2008

Domestic woes endanger Fukuda's hopes for big G8 splash

Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda over the weekend restated his resolve to demonstrate leadership on environmental and other issues at the Group of Eight summit in July, as he made his first visit to the main venue in Hokkaido. But the 71-year-old prime minister must ...

Feb 28, 2008

Seoul ties thawing but can always get cold

Despite an agreement here Monday between Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda and new South Korean President Lee Myung Bak to build a “new era” — indicating bilateral ties could get steadily back on track and even be raised to a higher level — the two ...

LDP facing crisis in conservative Ehime

| Jul 19, 2007

LDP facing crisis in conservative Ehime

Meeting earlier this month with mostly silver-haired voters in the rural town of Kumakogen, veteran lawmaker Katsutsugu Sekiya of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party was fighting for his political life. Here in Ehime Prefecture, a provincial Shikoku prefecture once deemed a bastion of LDP ...

Japan pop fads get Bahrainis' attention

Jun 20, 2007

Japan pop fads get Bahrainis' attention

Bahrain is not a country where it is common to encounter Japanese, but even here interest in “anime” has been encouraging young people to learn more about Japan, as well as to study the language. Because young people here depend largely on the Internet ...

Daiso 100-yen-style shops start to blossom in Mideast

Jun 9, 2007

Daiso 100-yen-style shops start to blossom in Mideast

MANAMA (Kyodo) Ever since Bahrain resident Nader Mohammad heard from a friend about a “very good” shop that opened in the tiny Mideast state in 2005, he has become a fan of the Japanese variety store where almost every product is the same price. ...

American artisans try to help Japan appreciate its 'washi'

Jan 6, 2007

American artisans try to help Japan appreciate its 'washi'

At a studio nestled in the woods in Saitama Prefecture, where it is quiet enough to hear the sound of a nearby stream, a 63-year-old man carefully tilts a wood-framed screen to create the traditional paper known as “washi.” It is not an uncommon ...

Center a testimony to Japan's war of aggression

Nov 8, 2006

Center a testimony to Japan's war of aggression

A resource center focusing on Japan’s wartime aggression in China and other parts of Asia has opened in Saitama Prefecture, exhibiting documents in which some 300 Japanese veterans confess to atrocities. Most of the confessions, to crimes such as murdering and raping civilians, were ...

Justice eludes hibakusha 61 years on

Aug 15, 2006

Justice eludes hibakusha 61 years on

The nation marked the 61st anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki this month, but many survivors are still frustrated by what they see as the government’s lack of measures and understanding of their enduring plight. As if to echo their ...