Apr 8, 2016

Partial return of U.S. training site in Okinawa in works

The central government is accelerating work on alternative military facilities so more than half of a large U.S. military training area in northern Okinawa can be returned, it was learned Friday. As part of the effort, Tokyo is reaching out to its courtroom foe, ...

How modularization felled Japan's electronics titans

| Mar 31, 2016

How modularization felled Japan's electronics titans

Toshiba, Sharp, Sony, Hitachi and Panasonic — these companies were the pride of Japan for decades after their electronics took the world by storm. But much of that pride has been lost in recent years, with Sharp Corp.’s acquisition this month by Hon Hai ...

New emergency icon system denotes disaster shelters

Mar 24, 2016

New emergency icon system denotes disaster shelters

The government has urged prefectures and municipalities to put five redesigned emergency icons into use to guard against tsunami, floods, landslides and other disasters. The standardized icons were designed to be easily universally understood as Japan prepares for an influx of foreign tourists for ...