Jan 25, 2007

World must try harder to save tuna, U.N. says

KOBE (Kyodo) The international community must do a better job fighting illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing of tuna, a senior U.N. food agency official said. “What we really need would be more strong commitments by all states and stakeholders to implement . . . ...

Ex-banker's novels help simplify investor jargon

Nov 9, 2006

Ex-banker's novels help simplify investor jargon

On a recent trip to the bookshop, two books with rather flashy jackets catch your eye. They appear to be out of place, perhaps abandoned in the best-seller area by a fickle customer. You pick them up almost without thinking, perhaps attracted by the ...

Pet businesses going to the dogs -- to their owners' delight

Jan 4, 2006

Pet businesses going to the dogs -- to their owners' delight

Two-year-old Melon slept on a small bed at one of the many beauty salons in Tokyo’s Daikanyama shopping district, under a mist of negatively charged ions that reputedly reduces stress. The hourlong relaxation treatment — with a price tag of 9,000 yen — included ...

Jul 28, 2005

Imperial succession proposals in conflict

The government’s interim report on Imperial succession Tuesday offers two conflicting proposals, despite its earlier enthusiasm to make history by backing the idea of a reigning female monarch. The advisory panel to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said in the report that Japan should accept ...

Jul 28, 2005

Imperial succession proposals in conflict

The government’s interim report on Imperial succession Tuesday offers two conflicting proposals, despite its earlier enthusiasm to make history by backing the idea of a reigning female monarch. The advisory panel to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said in the report that Japan should accept ...

Jan 6, 2005

Efforts under way to stem abuse of elderly

While Japan’s aging population is usually talked of in terms of rising welfare expenditures and the financial burden it will impose on future generations, recently a new problem has emerged: abuse of the elderly. Lawyers and other experts handling the issue say that compared ...

NGO fostering Afghan female literacy

Aug 28, 2004

NGO fostering Afghan female literacy

Studying was the last thing most women in Afghanistan spent time on until a couple years ago, after the Taliban regime was ousted. But now they have a chance to become literate, and a Japanese nongovernmental organization is helping. Although religious and social challenges ...

Antinuclear plea the stuff of lip service

Aug 11, 2004

Antinuclear plea the stuff of lip service

People in Hiroshima and Nagasaki once again called for the total elimination of nuclear arms at this year’s memorial services marking the 59th anniversary of the 1945 U.S. atomic bombings of their cities. But the gap appears to be widening between what they seek ...

Aug 5, 2004

A-bomb survivors abroad get help at snail's pace

The government has come under growing pressure to be more flexible in supporting foreign survivors of the August 1945 U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The government began in 2001 to study how to treat survivors living abroad as most of them had ...