Nobel winner Yoshinori Ohsumi urges investment in science

Oct 4, 2016

Nobel winner Yoshinori Ohsumi urges investment in science

When microbiologist Yoshinori Ohsumi told his wife, Mariko, that he was awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine Monday evening, she didn’t believe him. Her mischievous, sake-loving 71-year-old husband often teases her by telling an innocent lie. “I thought he was trying ...

Abe pitches high-speed rail during talks with Singapore PM

Sep 29, 2016

Abe pitches high-speed rail during talks with Singapore PM

High-speed rail and the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement were among key topics discussed during a meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Tokyo on Wednesday. The pair spoke about the possible introduction of Japan’s high-speed railway ...

Abe's initiation of Diet ovation for SDF criticized

Sep 28, 2016

Abe's initiation of Diet ovation for SDF criticized

Standing ovations during speeches are standard in many Western parliaments. But controversy has erupted after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, delivering a key policy speech Tuesday, set off an ovation for the police and the Self-Defense Forces. Modesty and humility are valued in Japan, and ...