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 ...

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 ...

Jul 14, 2000

Japan should rebrand itself: Blair adviser

Mark Leonard had a somewhat negative image of Japan before his arrival, thinking that people would be pessimistic over the prolonged economic downturn and that Tokyo would resemble a ghost town populated by listless youths. But the perceptions of the 25-year-old foreign policy adviser ...

Jun 21, 2000

Vote with criteria in mind: Hosokawa

Voters should cast their ballots in Sunday’s election by asking themselves if the government has steered Japan in a desirable direction and whether it has reinforced the people’s trust in politics, former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa says. Hosokawa said in a recent interview that ...

Jun 16, 2000

Students schooled in politics, not apathy

Hiroshi Harada, a 23-year-old associate of the Matsushita Institute of Government and Management, better known as Matsushita Seikei Juku, gets up before 6 a.m. every day, does exercises to an NHK radio program and cleans up around the institute’s main gate with other associates. ...