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 ...

The centuries-old charm of Japan's cherry blossoms

| Mar 14, 2016

The centuries-old charm of Japan's cherry blossoms

The time of year much awaited by many people across the country is finally near: the blooming period of the nation’s beloved sakura (cherry blossoms). Numerous people plan hanami (cherry-blossom viewing) under the trees, one of the biggest spring events on the Japanese calendar. ...