May 11, 2000

School has an ear for Korean language

Every eye in the classroom is fixed on Shinji Kurosawa’s lips. ” ‘Pul gogi,’ repeat after me,” instructs the Korean language teacher. “What does it mean?” a student asks. “OK, ‘pul’ means fire and ‘gogi’ means meat. So it means Korean barbecue,” Kurosawa answers, ...

Mar 15, 2000

eBay may herald an online revolution

The recent arrival of major U.S. online auction operator eBay Inc. may bring another online revolution to Japan, the world’s second-largest Internet market. “Our objective is to be a leader in Japan,” Meg Whitman, president and chief executive officer of eBay, said in a ...

Jan 30, 2000

Old doesn't necessarily mean convalescent

A group of elderly women chatting over lunch and devoting the rest of their time to making handicrafts such as dolls and handkerchiefs say that time really flies at Kawaji-san-chi, a new type of day-care home. Kawaji-san-chi, which stands on a 370-sq.-meter plot of ...

Jan 17, 2000

Fukushima exits chamber on bright note

To the eyes of the former president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, the Japanese business environment has changed over the last several years, thanks in part to an influx of foreign companies and capital. “Japan is becoming more receptive to foreign ...

Nov 3, 1999

26-year-old aims to be online ad king

Staff writer Susumu Fujita, president of a rapidly growing Internet advertising agency, has a big dream — to build his company’s market capitalization to 10 trillion yen in 10 years. Even though corporate heavyweights NTT Corp., NTT Mobile Communications Network Inc. (NTT DoCoMo) and ...

Sep 13, 1999

Taiwanese youths becoming Japan fans

Staff writer TAIPEI — At a karaoke bar in Taipei, a Taiwanese girl croons Japanese hits like “First Love” by Japanese pop sensation Hikaru Utada, although the lyrics are only displayed in Japanese. “I learned these songs by listening to her CD over and ...

Sep 3, 1999

Japan urged to see Taiwan as own entity

Staff writer TAIPEI — Japan should recognize that Taiwan currently exists as a separate political entity from China, and it should help persuade China that maintaining a friendly relationship with Taiwan will benefit both sides of the Taiwan Strait, a leading Taiwanese businessman said ...

Aug 31, 1999

LDP race unofficially under way

Staff writer The secretary of a veteran Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker recently received a phone call from Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi. It came immediately after her boss expressed his faction’s support for the prime minister in an interview with a major newspaper, and Obuchi ...

Aug 12, 1999

Lawmaker urges halt in cash flow to North Korea

Staff writer Japan should suspend remittances to North Korea as a strong warning to Pyongyang to not test-launch another ballistic missile, according to Shinzo Abe, a Lower House legislator of the Liberal Democratic Party. “Although what we really need is a stick-and-carrot approach, our ...

Jul 23, 1999

LDP may have to walk political tightrope

Staff writers New Komeito, the second-largest opposition party, is expected to formally decide to join the ruling bloc at its party convention today, paving the way for Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi’s Liberal Democratic Party to secure a broader and more stable power base for ...