Harvard visitors get eye-opener in Tohoku, meet Noda, key officials

Mar 25, 2012

Harvard visitors get eye-opener in Tohoku, meet Noda, key officials

Some Japanese are pessimistic about the country’s future and its declining presence in the world, but political science students from Harvard University who recently visited the Tohoku region saw strong signs of society regrouping after last March’s calamities. The group from Harvard Kennedy School ...

Tohoku students share tales of disasters on global stage

Sep 22, 2011

Tohoku students share tales of disasters on global stage

Global leaders who gathered last week in Dalian, China, for the Annual Meeting of the New Champions, Asia’s premier global business forum, had a rare chance to hear Japanese high school and university students’ firsthand experiences of the March disasters. Seven students from disaster-hit ...

Ex-bureaucrats bent on reform

Dec 29, 2010

Ex-bureaucrats bent on reform

A few years before the end of the Edo Period in 1865, prominent samurai Sakamoto Ryoma founded a private navy and the Kameyama Shachu trading company in Nagasaki and led the movement to overthrow the Tokugawa shogunate. Last month, inspired by his effort more ...

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?” ...

Diplomat's House a Victorian original on Yamate bluff

| Oct 22, 2010

Diplomat's House a Victorian original on Yamate bluff

Just a five-minute walk from JR Ishikawacho Station on the Keihin-Tohoku Line, an old Victorian-style building known as the Diplomat’s House stands on a bluff overlooking Yokohama. The house’s owner was Sadatsuchi Uchida (1865-1942), a prominent diplomat during the Meiji and Taisho eras. The ...

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 ...