Apr 17, 2002

Japan, United States to sign tourism pact

Japan and the United States will sign a tourism promotion pact Friday in an effort to promote travel and revitalize their sagging tourism industries, which are still reeling from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The pact will set a numerical target of 4 percent ...

Mar 28, 2002

MMC president-to-be leaves no stone unturned

When he arrived in Tokyo more than a year ago from the Railsystem Unit of the DaimlerChrysler Group, Rolf Eckrodt, vice president and chief operating officer of Mitsubishi Motors Corp., gave each MMC executive a piece of the Berlin Wall encased in clear plastic. ...

Mar 26, 2002

MMC to break even this business year: COO

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. will break even in the current business year, which ends Sunday, chief operating officer of the automaker said Monday. “I’m quite satisfied with the progress we made after one year working hard,” Rolf Eckrodt, MMC’s executive vice president and COO, said ...

Nov 25, 2001

Creator of the Z car returns with his revived brainchild

Yutaka Katayama has witnessed Japan’s automobile industry grow from the ashes of devastation in World War II to become the best in the world by the end of the 20th century. The 92-year-old Katayama, who served as president of Nissan Motor Corp. U.S.A. between ...

Kimono makers target the young

Nov 1, 2001

Kimono makers target the young

Mariko Moriwaki, 39, a Web editor at publisher Shogakukan Inc., draws a lot of attention from visitors to her office. Among the gray suits of her colleagues, Moriwaki wears a kimono almost every day. “Wearing a kimono is very cool in summer and warm ...

Oct 14, 2001

Sommelier believes there's more to serving up a fine wine

Takashi Atsuta knows precisely what his customers need to round out a delicious meal. Good food and wine are essential, but the 63-year-old sommelier believes that good service — with sincerity — also makes a great difference. Being a sommelier is not just a ...

Sep 5, 2001

Changing defense role raises questions

By far the most important relationship to the United States in the Asia-Pacific region is that with Japan, and Washington hopes to strengthen these ties, a former deputy secretary of defense said. John Hamre John Hamre, now president and CEO of the Center for ...

Aug 19, 2001

Designer holds hope for the future of Japanese creativity

Surrounded by shelves filled with art books and magazines from around the world, Yasushi Fujimoto sits comfortably in his office in Harajuku, one of Tokyo’s trendiest areas. Yasushi Fujimoto talking about Japanese creativity in his offices in Harajuku From this district full of popular ...

Jul 30, 2000

A dollhouse of sorrow and villainy

Dolls of Japanese warriors Oda Nobunaga and Takeda Shingen from the Sengoku Period are on display at doll museum Jusaburo-kan in Ningyo-cho, Tokyo. — JT: Toshiki Sawaguchi photos Although the face of the kimono-clad puppet is set, Jusaburo Tsujimura deftly manipulates the two wires ...