Sep 20, 2014

Half century on the shinkansen

Oct. 1 will be the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the Shinkansen super-express trains. Their effects on Japan's GDP and the environment have been enormous.

Sep 20, 2014

Conditions for kids worldwide

A new report from the United Nations children's agency reminds us that violence remains a leading cause of preventable injury and death among children worldwide.

Sep 20, 2014

Japan to pledge disaster mitigation help at U.N. climate summit

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will pledge Japan’s further assistance to developing countries in coping with climate change-related natural disasters at this week’s United Nations climate summit in New York, a government source said Saturday. Thursday’s summit, convened and hosted by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, ...

Four banks short-listed to buy Citibank Japan's retail business

Sep 20, 2014

Four banks short-listed to buy Citibank Japan's retail business

Citibank Japan has narrowed down candidates to buy its retail banking business to four Japanese banks, including Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp., Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank and Shinsei Bank, it was learned Saturday. The four candidates survived the first round of auction conducted by the ...

Japan-donated bell, Lennon's 'Imagine' mark U.N. peace event

Sep 20, 2014

Japan-donated bell, Lennon's 'Imagine' mark U.N. peace event

The ringing of a bell donated by Japan and a performance of John Lennon’s anti-war anthem “Imagine” resounded at United Nations headquarters Friday at an event for the upcoming International Day of Peace. “Almost 70 years ago, the world community pledged to save succeeding ...