Tokyo faces somber 'hanami' this year

Mar 29, 2011

Tokyo faces somber 'hanami' this year

The Japan Meteorological Agency said Monday that Tokyo’s cherry trees will enter full bloom within a week. But the capital’s annual blossom-viewing parties, or “hanami,” will be much quieter this year because festivals here and elsewhere are being called off in the wake of ...

Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan group providing warm help for victims

Mar 24, 2011

Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan group providing warm help for victims

SAGAMIHARA, Kanagawa Pref. — A group of Bangladeshis and Sri Lankans living in Kanagawa Prefecture has been providing warm bowls of Bangladesh curry since Monday to quake and tsunami survivors in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. “Everything was in ruins. A car was on top of ...

| Mar 16, 2011

Take proper steps to avoid exposure to fallout

More residents near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture were ordered to evacuate Tuesday, raising concerns about radiation exposure. Here are basic questions and answers on what to do when faced with possible radiation contamination. I live within 20 to ...

| Mar 5, 2011

Kodansha ends export strategy

Publishing giant Kodansha Ltd.’s recent decision to close down its subsidiary, Kodansha International Ltd., by the end of April reflects the firm’s change in its business strategy from shipping its English-language books made in Japan to publishing and distributing them in its largest market, ...

Mar 4, 2011

Kodansha International to close doors

Kodansha International Ltd., a leading English-language publisher of translated books on Japan, is closing down by the end of April, sources said Thursday. Contacted by The Japan Times, company President Koji Hirota confirmed that the company was folding but declined to give details, saying ...

NPO tax status threatened by Diet split

| Feb 22, 2011

NPO tax status threatened by Diet split

With the opposition camp trying to veto all budget-related bills in the divided Diet, the fate of legislation proposed by the Democratic Party of Japan-led government to enhance the tax-exempt status of nonprofit organizations is hanging in the air. Both the ruling and opposition ...

Feb 10, 2011

Kato shouldn't be hanged: lawyers

Tomohiro Kato was mentally ill and lacked the ability to control his actions when he murdered seven people and wounded 10 others on the streets of the Akihabara electronic district in 2008, defense attorneys told the Tokyo District Court on Wednesday, hoping to keep ...

Ozawa ex-aides deny cooking funds books

Feb 8, 2011

Ozawa ex-aides deny cooking funds books

Three former aides of Democratic Party of Japan heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa pleaded not guilty Monday to falsifying the records of his political fund management body Rikuzankai in 2004, 2005 and 2007. The Tokyo District Court trial of the three former secretaries, which is scheduled ...

Ozawa saga moves to trial phase

| Feb 1, 2011

Ozawa saga moves to trial phase

Former Democratic Party of Japan President Ichiro Ozawa has been indicted and will stand trial over his role in a political funding scandal. Following is a recap of the case’s salient points and the process that led to his mandatory indictment: What is the ...

FCCJ retools to remain relevant

Jan 29, 2011

FCCJ retools to remain relevant

With the Internet pressing down on traditional media and interest in news from Japan apparently in decline, many foreign journalists say reporting with a Tokyo dateline is increasingly becoming a challenge. In this environment, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan is also facing difficulties, ...