Why infrastructure repairs are being ignored

| Dec 12, 2015

Why infrastructure repairs are being ignored

Several days after a storm caused the Kinugawa River to overflow its banks and destroy communities in Ibaraki Prefecture in September, the infrastructure ministry held on-site meetings to look into what went wrong. One problem was the loss of a sand embankment in the ...

Push for balance can lead to a skewed view

| Dec 5, 2015

Push for balance can lead to a skewed view

In September, public broadcaster NHK aired a documentary that recounted the news events from the capital this summer. One of the segments focused on the continuing protests led by college students in central Tokyo against the controversial security bills the ruling Liberal Democratic Party had ...

<em>Aota-uri</em>: 'green' condominiums to be wary of

| Dec 5, 2015

Aota-uri: 'green' condominiums to be wary of

Each year between 1990, when Japan’s asset bubble burst, and the 2007 recession, about 200,000 new condominium units were added to Japan’s housing stock. After 2007, the number dropped to about 100,000, but, depending on the year, anywhere from 50,000 to 70,000 of these ...

Films focus on dementia and find hope

| Nov 28, 2015

Films focus on dementia and find hope

Last week, a 47-year-old woman was arrested for killing her 81-year-old mother and “assisting” in the suicide of her 74-year-old father. The woman had been found on the banks of the Tone River in Saitama Prefecture, into which she and her parents had driven ...

Split clears a path for Constitution revisionists

| Nov 21, 2015

Split clears a path for Constitution revisionists

The National Society to Create a Constitution for a Beautiful Japan met at the Budokan on Nov. 10 to listen to speakers advocate for a new national charter. One was Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who addressed the rally via a prerecorded video. According to ...