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 ...

NPO chief helping out other charities

Dec 20, 2008

NPO chief helping out other charities

Daigo Sato, the man who founded the NPO that set up Japan’s first political internship program, Dot-JP, 10 years ago, has embarked on a new mission this year to help the nonprofit organizations themselves. In May, Sato established Charity Platform, the first NPO in ...

Obama offers new Asia tack: Vogel

Nov 25, 2008

Obama offers new Asia tack: Vogel

Japan will continue to be a friend of the United States, but incoming President Barack Obama may try to approach China more to solve international issues because Beijing can more quickly effect policy, according to a noted American expert on Japan and China. “It’ll ...

Writers funnel book royalties to charity NGO

May 10, 2008

Writers funnel book royalties to charity NGO

Helping those suffering from poverty and disasters is as easy as buying a book, say supporters of a new charity program launched Thursday. In agreement with their publishers and a nongovernmental organization, writers behind Chabo! (Charity Book Program) are giving away some of their ...

Apr 18, 2008

To survive, companies need a conscience

It’s time for Japanese companies to review their profit-driven culture and think about the meaning of being truly accepted by consumers and society, according to a public policy expert and former vice governor of Tokyo. “Japan’s corporate culture is at a crossroads,” said Yasushi ...

Eda relishing new role as Upper House president

Aug 11, 2007

Eda relishing new role as Upper House president

The Diet’s two chambers may come to different conclusions over various bills in upcoming sessions, but this can lead to more transparent debate, the new House of Councilors president hopes. “The upper and lower chambers of the Diet may conflict over various bills, but ...

Uniqlo fancies M&As as it outgrows home turf

Aug 4, 2007

Uniqlo fancies M&As as it outgrows home turf

Tadashi Yanai, chairman and CEO of Uniqlo Co. and its holding company, Fast Retailing Co., strongly believes a business must keep growing and changing to survive, and is now acting aggressively on this belief. Yanai, who turned his father’s small clothing store in Ube, ...