Mar 13, 2010

Sea Shepherd activist arrested

The Japan Coast Guard on Friday arrested a member of U.S.-based antiwhaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society for trespassing in connection with his boarding of a whaling fleet vessel in the Antarctic Ocean last month. New Zealander Peter Bethune, 44, was arrested at 11:16 ...

Mar 6, 2010

Sex offender rehab takes new tack

Since its introduction three years ago, Japan’s correctional program for sex offenders, modeled after Canada’s system, has made great strides, a leading expert on rehabilitation from Ontario says. Still, the country must develop a stronger parole system if it wants to reduce the risk ...

Feb 26, 2010

Lay judges off to solid start

It’s been roughly a half year since the first lay judge trial, and many in the legal profession agree the new criminal trial system has gotten off to a smooth start, and the public is taking its new civic duty very seriously. But as ...

Feb 18, 2010

Teacher gives dropouts free helping hand

Shotaro Namekata is one of many who believe education holds the key to stepping up the social ladder and obtaining a better job. But in reality, children from lower income households end up in low-paying jobs themselves because of their limited schooling. Wanting to ...

| Feb 16, 2010

Steeped in tradition, Shinto, sumo is also scandal-stained

The national sport of sumo traces its origins to an early Shinto ritual to pray for a bountiful harvest, and the professional tournaments of today date to the 17th century during the Edo Period. The traditional all-male sport in recent years has been dogged ...

Jan 29, 2010

Kato sorry for Akihabara massacre

Tomohiro Kato pleaded guilty Thursday to murdering seven people and injuring 10 in Tokyo’s popular Akihabara electronics district in June 2008. With the guilty plea, the trial at the Tokyo District Court will now turn on whether the 27-year-old’s mental condition at the time ...

Many lessons learned by students at climate talks

Dec 22, 2009

Many lessons learned by students at climate talks

COPENHAGEN — A Japanese university student who attended the climate talks here as a member of an international nongovernmental organization says everything at the conference was a learning experience, even if he was disappointed with the outcome. Jun Matsumoto, 23, a Waseda University senior ...

Dec 21, 2009

Japan finds a little to crow about

COPENHAGEN — The political agreement on climate change formally recognized Saturday has been roundly condemned, but the Japanese government sees it as a diplomatic achievement for including China and the United States, the two largest emitters, and paving the way for a future framework ...

Japan, Australia, Canada hit for falling short

Dec 19, 2009

Japan, Australia, Canada hit for falling short

COPENHAGEN — Japan won the “fossil of the day” award Thursday from international nongovernmental organizations that said the country could do better despite announcing Wednesday night it will contribute ¥1.75 trillion between 2010 and 2012 to help developing countries adapt to climate change. “Much ...

Green Key inns are all eco-stars

Dec 17, 2009

Green Key inns are all eco-stars

COPENHAGEN — Whenever climate change comes up for discussion, many industries say going green and reducing their energy consumption would be bad for business, even affecting the quality of service and products they provide. But a movement in the hotel industry to introduce a ...