Hotels find profit in catering to families

Nov 10, 2010

Hotels find profit in catering to families

One autumn afternoon in Kobuchizawa, Yamanashi Prefecture, a group of children and their parents were driving to a field to pick fresh vegetables for pizzas they planned to make there. Inside the van, the driver asked them, “Do you know how soil is made?” ...

Royal trappings grace Akasaka Guest House

| Sep 10, 2010

Royal trappings grace Akasaka Guest House

People who visited the Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, may have stepped into the old two-story Guest House, which stands behind the 40-story main hotel. The Guest House now hosts a renowned French restaurant, Le Trianon, the Napoleon Bar and several ...

DPJ, like voters, too flighty: Kabashima

Sep 4, 2010

DPJ, like voters, too flighty: Kabashima

Kumamoto Gov. Ikuo Kabashima feels what is lacking in politics is patience, both by the Democratic Party of Japan and voters. “I’ve only served for 2 1/2 years as governor, but during this period we have already had four prime ministers. In such a ...

Hawaiian spreads its wings via Haneda debut

Aug 14, 2010

Hawaiian spreads its wings via Haneda debut

With the opening of a fourth runway at Tokyo’s Haneda airport in late October, the head of Hawaiian Airlines, which will soon start a new Tokyo-Honolulu service, is already looking to further expand the carrier’s business in Japan. “Our expansion into Japan is a ...

Jun 15, 2010

Tokyo 'weekend' dads see little of kids during week: study

Fathers in Tokyo spend less time with their children on weekdays compared with fathers in Seoul, Beijing and Shanghai, but out of the four groups they spend the most time with them on weekends, a recent poll by Benesse Corp. found. Ahead of Fathers’ ...

Jun 5, 2010

Likeable, shows promise, but Tarutoko who?

When he emerged Thursday to run against Naoto Kan for the Democratic Party of Japan presidency and hence the prime ministership, many probably asked who is Shinji Tarutoko? Although Tarutoko, 50, was not well-known and hasn’t held a Cabinet post or an executive position ...

Fukushima has fought for women, foreigners

Sep 17, 2009

Fukushima has fought for women, foreigners

Mizuho Fukushima, leader of the Social Democratic Party, has long been active in dealing with humanitarian and women’s issues, ranging from sexual harassment to domestic violence to foreigners’ rights. Born in Miyazaki Prefecture in 1955, she graduated from the University of Tokyo’s law department, ...

Traumas of Showa Era have shaped a man's life

Aug 18, 2009

Traumas of Showa Era have shaped a man's life

A man’s life alone cannot represent the Showa Era in its entirety, but Susumu Iida’s serves to underscore many of its harsh legacies. Iida, 86, lived through the hell of the Pacific War, saw his fellow soldiers starve in New Guinea and spent almost ...

Lean, mean business machines

| Jul 8, 2009

Lean, mean business machines

In the 1990s, few Japanese associated the term “coaching” with instructing and directing people toward achieving their goals in business. But the concept has quickly gained ground in the past decade, becoming a tool for human resources development in many companies. Yoshiyuki Suzuki, president ...

The all-powerful voice of corporate Japan

| Jun 16, 2009

The all-powerful voice of corporate Japan

Since its founding, the Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren) has been the nation’s most powerful business lobby and its head is often called “the prime minister of the business world.” For most of the postwar period, the organization has represented the voice of big ...