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 ...

Ainu tell their story with their own film

Dec 30, 2010

Ainu tell their story with their own film

Many people believe the Ainu live only in Hokkaido, but that’s not true. A documentary shown to the public at a cultural hall in Yokohama for five days earlier this month introduced the lives of Ainu in greater Tokyo who are actively promoting their ...

Student group advocates joint child-rearing

Dec 25, 2010

Student group advocates joint child-rearing

Recent years have seen an increase in fathers who try to share in the raising of their children — an activity that even university students are starting to encourage. The group Fathering Japan Student’s, which aims to teach future parents the importance of a ...

NPO builds schools for Cambodian children

| Dec 24, 2010

NPO builds schools for Cambodian children

Third in a series Fumio Goto and Meas Bun Ra, a Cambodian refugee Goto looked after in Japan, are dedicated to building schools in Cambodia. Since Goto founded Tokyo-based nonprofit AMATAK House of Cambodia in 2005, the NPO has taken over the task that ...

On a mission to save bankrupt city

Dec 10, 2010

On a mission to save bankrupt city

Naomichi Suzuki walked away from a stable job at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government last month, deciding he’d rather run for mayor of a bankrupt city in Hokkaido. The decision to try to lead the resurrection of Yubari didn’t come easy, and it was an ...

Young urged to pursue St. Gallen forum

Dec 1, 2010

Young urged to pursue St. Gallen forum

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, when student protests were commonplace worldwide, five people at a Swiss university launched the St. Gallen Symposium, a bid to hold a dialogue with the world’s leaders. Four decades later, the annual gathering at the University of ...