Kyoto's old town houses added to World Monuments Fund list

Oct 15, 2009

Kyoto's old town houses added to World Monuments Fund list

NEW YORK — The World Monuments Fund earlier this month announced Kyoto’s traditional town houses, called “machiya,” were added to 92 other sites that are at risk of disappearing in 47 countries. Kyoto was one of the few Japanese cities that survived World War ...

Sep 22, 2009

Environmentalists looking to Hatoyama for leadership

NEW YORK (Kyodo) If Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama makes good on his promise to cut Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020 and send a strong message to a U.N. climate change summit this week, Tokyo has a chance of playing a ...

Manhattan Project relic may be spared

Aug 6, 2009

Manhattan Project relic may be spared

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — Bill Wilcox, a former nuclear scientist, is committed to saving a slice of history that links Oak Ridge to Japan through enriched uranium that was once produced here for the atomic bomb dropped over Hiroshima in 1945. While buildings are ...

Hiraoka calls for nuke-free zones

May 21, 2009

Hiraoka calls for nuke-free zones

NEW YORK — As Hideo Hiraoka pushes to persuade leaders at the United Nations to advocate a nuclear-free Northeast Asia, he still remembers his first encounter with nuclear devastation at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum decades ago. “That was my original starting point,” the ...

May 7, 2009

Hiroshima, Nagasaki mayors back Obama's nuclear-free commitment

NEW YORK — The mayors of Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki supported U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent commitment to eliminate nuclear weapons in their respective speeches Tuesday to a session of the preparatory committee of the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. In his ...

7-Eleven to expand in N. America

Feb 14, 2009

7-Eleven to expand in N. America

Despite a dramatic downturn in the economy, plans are in place to expand the number of 7-Eleven stores throughout the North American market with an eye to utilizing some successful formulas that have worked in Japan. Chief among them is the concept of increasing ...

Dec 6, 2007

Pianists prove disability no barrier to playing

Thirteen pianists with disabilities from seven countries held a concert Monday at the United Nations to coincide with the annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons. The performers from Japan, Malaysia, France, South Korea, the United States, Spain and Portugal ranged in ...

Kawagoe takes taste of Little Edo to the Big Apple

Nov 15, 2007

Kawagoe takes taste of Little Edo to the Big Apple

The Japanese consul general recently threw open the doors of his grand European-style home here to showcase Kawagoe, the famous castle town in Saitama Prefecture. The first-time event cosponsored by Consul General Motoatsu Sakurai offered New Yorkers a taste and feel for the historic ...

Freed man slams executions of innocent

Oct 19, 2007

Freed man slams executions of innocent

Sakae Menda, a man freed from death row more than 24 years ago, called on member states Tuesday at the United Nations to step up efforts to achieve a global abolishment of capital punishment. “I have come to strongly believe in working and acting ...