Challenges await next Tokyo leader

Mar 10, 2011

Challenges await next Tokyo leader

While many familiar faces, among them Kanagawa Gov. Shigefumi Matsuzawa, former Miyazaki Gov. Hideo Higashikokubaru and businessman Miki Watanabe, are likely to be seen in the April 10 Tokyo gubernatorial election, the capital’s most prominent is expected to stand down. Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara, ...

Queensland official pitches TPP

Mar 5, 2011

Queensland official pitches TPP

Andrew Fraser, treasurer and minister for state development and trade of Queensland, is grateful for the assistance the Japanese public and private sectors gave to his state after it was devastated by recent flooding and Cyclone Yasi. Fraser, in Tokyo this week, expressed his ...

Mar 2, 2011

Matsuzawa will seek ban on public smoking

When Kanagawa Gov. Shigefumi Matsuzawa formally announced Tuesday that he will run for Tokyo governor, he listed a raft of key policy objectives, many of which he advocated in his current office. Matsuzawa said he will try to get a total ban on smoking ...

Are schools ready for English?

| Feb 26, 2011

Are schools ready for English?

Come April, English classes will become mandatory for fifth- and sixth-graders, but a 29-year-old elementary school teacher in Tokyo has heard the concerns of her overwhelmed colleagues, especially the older ones, who have neither taught the language nor studied it since their university years ...

Feb 10, 2011

Toyota dealers feel vindicated by probe

Toyota dealers interviewed by The Japan Times voiced relief Wednesday over the result of a 10-month investigation by NASA and the U.S. Transportation Department clearing the automaker’s electronic throttle systems, saying they never lost confidence in the safety of the cars they are selling. ...

The second-most powerful job

| Feb 8, 2011

The second-most powerful job

Second in power only to the prime minister, Tokyo’s governor manages a metropolis with a population several times that of any other prefecture and a gross domestic product larger than that of most other nations. The metro government also has more employees than any ...

Feb 4, 2011

Higashikokubaru noncommittal on Tokyo run

Hideo Higashikokubaru, the popular former Miyazaki governor, would not say Thursday if he will run in the Tokyo gubernatorial race in April. “I’m not ruling out any possibility,” Higashikokubaru told reporters at a Tokyo hotel. “I haven’t decided anything for the time being.” The ...

Ishihara comes out for more immigration

Feb 4, 2011

Ishihara comes out for more immigration

Despite being known for xenophobic remarks, Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara claims he welcomes an increase in foreign residents and says Japan should allow more immigrants to live here. Japanese are not a homogeneous people, because their ancestors can be traced back to Korea, Mongolia, ...

Haneda's nighttime services falling short with travelers

Jan 7, 2011

Haneda's nighttime services falling short with travelers

Opening up Tokyo’s Haneda airport to more international flights was supposed to make a lot of sense for travelers. But only open since October, the new international terminal has already sparked a raft of passenger complaints, particularly about the lack of amenities late at ...