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 ...

Support scarce for N. Korean hibakusha

Aug 3, 2006

Support scarce for N. Korean hibakusha

Lee Sil Gun, a 77-year-old Korean living in Hiroshima, has struggled for the past 30 years to help North Korean atomic bomb survivors yet to receive any government support due to the lack of diplomatic ties with Pyongyang. Lee has never given up, even ...

JAL displays messages by 1985 crash victims

Jul 13, 2006

JAL displays messages by 1985 crash victims

Japan Airlines Corp. is displaying messages at its Safety Promotion Center written by passengers and a cabin attendant before they died in the 1985 jumbo jet crash in Gunma Prefecture that claimed 520 lives. The center opened April 24 in a building at Tokyo’s ...

Apr 25, 2006

Chernobyl survivor on musical mission

me.” International reports have shown conflicting views over the effects related to childbirth. A resolution adopted in Kiev in 2003 referred to the risk of offspring with congenital and hereditary diseases among Chernobyl survivors living in contaminated areas, although another report initiated by the ...

Noh actor seeks new audiences for art

Feb 3, 2006

Noh actor seeks new audiences for art

FUNABASHI, Chiba Pref. (Kyodo) Sakio Hashioka, a 37-year-old noh actor, is working to make the oldest professional theater in existence as popular as rock concerts, using the business sense he acquired when he was a salesman. Though noh was designated a masterpiece of the ...