Maverick Suginami mayor likes to stir things up

| Jul 17, 2003

Maverick Suginami mayor likes to stir things up

Until Hiroshi Yamada took control of Tokyo’s Suginami Ward in April 1999, local government activity proceeded at a predictably slow pace. Ward officials would never have dreamed of taking the initiative in introducing new policies ahead of other municipalities. “We had never considered being ...

Watanabe his own man -- but honors father's role

May 8, 2003

Watanabe his own man -- but honors father's role

Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Yoshimi Watanabe is an exception to the rule when it comes to discussing his political roots. While many “nisei giin,” or second-generation Diet politicians, dislike being compared with their forebears and thus eschew the topic entirely, Watanabe proudly proclaims that ...

U.S. will welcome Japan input in Iraq: CSIS expert

Mar 30, 2003

U.S. will welcome Japan input in Iraq: CSIS expert

Postwar Iraq will need a heavy American military presence to maintain order, but Japan can also play an important role in providing humanitarian assistance and helping international organizations’ efforts to rebuild the country, according to a senior member of a Washington-based think tank. “Many ...

Mar 27, 2003

Yeltsin to soak up Japan culture

Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin will make a weeklong visit to Japan beginning Monday, and he is likely to boast his improved health while here by eating well and taking in a hot spring resort. Government officials said Wednesday that Yeltsin will arrive aboard ...

At 200,000 yen a bag, this is the world's costliest tea

Mar 5, 2003

At 200,000 yen a bag, this is the world's costliest tea

Forget Starbucks, Tully’s and Doutor. If you’re after a real quality brew, perhaps it’s time to enjoy Chinese tea at its best. So says Kazuo Kodera, a Tokyo-based importer of Chinese food and tea who made the winning bid at an auction last September ...

Ex-BOJ man hopes to wield LDP clout as reformer

| Feb 28, 2003

Ex-BOJ man hopes to wield LDP clout as reformer

A glance at his Web site can tell you quite a lot about his position. In a recent “Yasuhisa’s monologue” on the site, Yasuhisa Shiozaki, 52, a lawmaker in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, bashed the Financial Service Agency’s proposal to let ailing insurance ...

Toray Industries chief puts faith in technological research

Feb 14, 2003

Toray Industries chief puts faith in technological research

Sadayuki Sakakibara, president of Toray Industries Inc., is confident there are researchers at his company who have the potential to win a Nobel Prize, just like Shimadzu Corp.’s Koichi Tanaka. “I think it’s possible,” said Sakakibara, who is also chief operating officer of Toray. ...

U.S. alliance least served by genuflecting: expert

Sep 4, 2002

U.S. alliance least served by genuflecting: expert

Japan needs to think strategically and hold dialogue with the United States in that light if it wants to be a true ally, according to a former deputy chief of the Defense Agency. “Would the U.S. even think of asking Japan’s opinion about its ...