Ishihara ups ante in quake response

Mar 15, 2011

Ishihara ups ante in quake response

Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara instructed his staff Monday to monitor radiation levels in the capital in the wake of the accidents at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. “We will do this immediately,” Ishihara said. While experts have told the metro government the ...

Mar 15, 2011

Matsuzawa quits, backs Ishihara

Kanagawa Gov. Shigefumi Matsuzawa said Monday he will not run in the April 10 Tokyo gubernatorial election and will instead support incumbent Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara. In light of the earthquake and tsunami damage in the Tohoku and Kanto regions and the governors alliance ...

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 ...

English big business, and growing

Mar 2, 2011

English big business, and growing

When it comes to preparing for the April launch of compulsory English classes in elementary schools, the private sector appears to have a clear lead over public school teachers. “We kicked off our preliminary research group in the beginning of 2007,” Mina Funabashi, who ...

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 ...

Government shutdown in June?

Feb 24, 2011

Government shutdown in June?

As battles rage in the Diet between the ruling and opposition camps over fiscal 2011 budget-related bills, one dreadful scenario has emerged: The debt-ridden government may run out of funds by around June. On top of this, various public perks would lapse because they ...

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. ...