Residents still puzzled about shooting of Nagasaki mayor

May 22, 2007

Residents still puzzled about shooting of Nagasaki mayor

A month has passed since Nagasaki Mayor Itcho Ito was assassinated and residents are still puzzled as to why two mayors of a city that promotes peace have been shot in the recent past. “The shock of seeing the mayor of Nagasaki, a pacifist ...

Ethnic minorities hope for better life post-Koizumi

Sep 26, 2006

Ethnic minorities hope for better life post-Koizumi

Members of ethnic communities have expressed hope that the new administration, slated to be launched Tuesday by Shinzo Abe, will help improve their living conditions. “There is still a sense (in Japan) that you don’t belong,” said Jeffrey Cabanday, 27, a system planner from ...

Sep 13, 2006

Next prime minister must find a NEET solution

, 20, takes part in a government-sponsored job training program in Fussa, Tokyo, in early August. KYODO PHOTO After dropping out of school at 14, Arai said, he mostly spent his time watching television in the living room of his parent’s home in Saitama, ...

Welfare recipients will need more than Abe's helping hand

Aug 31, 2006

Welfare recipients will need more than Abe's helping hand

Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe’s pledge to create a society in which struggling people can receive second chances, while being assured of a public safety net, isn’t getting through to those living on assistance. A 32-year-old Tokyo woman who declined to be named expected ...

China's Yasukuni ire 'puzzles' Japanese

Jan 8, 2005

China's Yasukuni ire 'puzzles' Japanese

For Tokyo native Mie Kondo, 31, Yasukuni Shrine is no more than a scenic area she used to visit with her family and a sightseeing spot to which she still likes taking visitors. The shrine, according to its own tally, has 5 million annual ...

Koizumi facing uphill reform fight in '05: pundits

Dec 30, 2004

Koizumi facing uphill reform fight in '05: pundits

When a group of Liberal Democratic Party members put on a traditional story-telling show using picture cards on a chilly Tokyo street in late December to drum up support for Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s postal privatization drive, many of their colleagues scoffed. The performance ...

Koizumi gets little face time with other leaders at ASEM meet

Oct 11, 2004

Koizumi gets little face time with other leaders at ASEM meet

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s five-day trip to Hanoi through Sunday appears to have been a disappointment, with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao preferring to meet with European leaders rather than him. Apart from attending a three-day summit of the 39-member Asia-Europe Meeting and speaking twice ...

Dec 9, 2003

Dispatch foes draw Hokkaido battle line

The government’s plan to send Self-Defense Forces troops to Iraq hits close to home for many people in Hokkaido because many of those who might be deployed are believed stationed here. Following news that two Japanese diplomats in Iraq were slain Nov. 29, the ...

Oct 28, 2003

WFP to show school lunches' impact

School meals may not be a major attraction for most Japanese kids, but in many poor countries they save children from both hunger and illiteracy, according to the World Food Program, which plans to hold a photo exhibition next month in Tokyo. The U.N. ...

Jobless fear for future, survive on savings

Jan 11, 2003

Jobless fear for future, survive on savings

When Mamoru Kawasaki, 45, was forced to leave a well-known information technology company in March, he had heavy housing debts and a family of five to support, but also enough savings to live on for the time being. Yoshio Matsushima, 55, managed to repay ...