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 ...

| Jun 2, 2010

Holdout singles stalling birthrate

Japan’s low birthrate has accelerated the graying population. According to the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry, the past 29 years have seen a continuous decline in the number of people under age 15. There were just 17 million of them as of April, down ...

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 ...

Opening the door to foreigners

Apr 30, 2009

Opening the door to foreigners

Massive layoffs from the current economic crisis are falling heavily on foreign workers, many of whom are opting to leave the country to seek work back home. But for those who stay, there remain the difficulties of adapting to Japanese society, limited educational opportunities ...

Long-shot meeting, longtime love

| Feb 7, 2009

Long-shot meeting, longtime love

After training under a dyer for six months in Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, art student Satoko Yamagishi decided she needed a break. In October 1998 she went to Montreal, where she met Philippe Lavoie, a Canadian computer chip designer studying Japanese. One day in March ...