Jun 1, 2011

Chernobyl 'jumper' airs Fukushima fears

Sergei Belyakov, a scientist who helped clean up debris after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, is worried about Japanese workers now risking their lives to contain the aftermath of core meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. “I really feel sorry for the ...

Dec 28, 2010

Appliance makers playing catchup in Asia

SINGAPORE — “Localization” has become the new catchword as Japanese electronics manufacturers play catchup in Asia. Japanese makers have scrambled this past year to roll out goods that cater to the needs of emerging markets in the region while struggling to keep costs down ...

May 8, 2010

Japan, East Asian nations closer to pact on emergency rice reserve

SINGAPORE — Ten Southeast Asian nations plus Japan, China and South Korea are close to achieving their goal of establishing an emergency rice reserve to deal with sudden instability in supply and production. Agricultural and forestry ministers from the 13 countries aim to sign ...

Dec 10, 2009

Remembering the war's first battle

KOTA BHARU, Malaysia — The Japanese military landing on the coast of a small fishing village in Malaysia’s northern Kelantan state on Dec. 8, 1941, is still remembered by an octogenarian who witnessed the event that marked the start of the invasion of Southeast ...

Dec 9, 2008

Fusionopolis R&D hub drawing Japanese to Singapore

SINGAPORE — Singapore’s latest push to become an Asian center for research and development by pumping millions of dollars into state-of-the-art infrastructure and opening its doors to foreign talent is already attracting Japanese firms. So far three Japanese firms have set up operations at ...

Oct 2, 2008

Singapore Tamils see worrying sign

Singapore’s use of Japanese on signboards in a bid to lure more Japanese tourists has raised concern among some ethnic Indians who feel snubbed at the exclusion of their native Tamil language. The city-state has four official languages — English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil ...

Sep 5, 2008

Singapore to hold Japanese pop culture festival

The first Japanese pop culture festival in Southeast Asia will be held in Singapore in November, showcasing some of the hottest Japanese “anime” (animation) blockbusters, “manga” (comics), toys and games, according to festival organizers. Anime Festival Asia 2008 is expected to attract about 100 ...

May 12, 2007

Indonesia sand ban slows builders in Singapore

SINGAPORE (Kyodo) Japanese construction companies in Singapore have been hit hard by skyrocketing concrete and granite prices due to supply disruptions caused by Indonesia’s ban on sand exports. More than 20 Japanese construction companies are operating in Singapore and are involved in more than ...

Singapore sushi king dreams of opening shop in Pyongyang

Jan 12, 2007

Singapore sushi king dreams of opening shop in Pyongyang

Singapore’s sushi king dreams of opening a shop in an unlikely place as he looks to expand his huge chain of conveyor-belt sushi restaurants: Pyongyang. Douglas Foo, 37, owner of Sakae Sushi, Singapore’s largest sushi chain, would probably make most Japanese blush with his ...

Japanese food gets an Islamic makeover

Feb 10, 2006

Japanese food gets an Islamic makeover

SINGAPORE (Kyodo) Singapore, home of curry sushi and Hainanese chicken rice sushi, is now seeing a new trend emerge, created by Islamic rules on food preparation. Halal sushi is served by several Japanese restaurants that have become halal to woo the minority Muslim population ...