'Drop dead, Japan!' moms try to stay on message

| Mar 19, 2016

'Drop dead, Japan!' moms try to stay on message

Shiori Yamao is a University of Tokyo graduate, former public prosecutor, current Lower House lawmaker and mother. As a force for the opposition, she has been causing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe considerable grief over the past few months. Yamao was the person who asked ...

Reforms neglect nursing care problems

| Mar 12, 2016

Reforms neglect nursing care problems

In recent weeks, there have been two major news stories related to the issue of senior nursing care. In one, the Supreme Court reversed a Nagoya High Court ruling that ordered a 94-year-old woman to compensate JR Tokai for damages caused in 2007 by ...

National pride obscures harsh truth about Sharp deal

| Mar 5, 2016

National pride obscures harsh truth about Sharp deal

An object of pride for Japanese consumers during the 2000s was the so-called Kameyama flat-screen television set manufactured by Sharp. Named after the factory in Mie Prefecture where it was assembled, the LCD-TV came with a sticker attesting to its provenance, and many people ...