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 ...

Flu prevention advice nothing to sneeze at

| Nov 30, 2010

Flu prevention advice nothing to sneeze at

As winter sets in, hospitals are calling for people to get flu shots. Last year, the spread of the H1N1 swine influenza caused an international health scare. How about this year? Following are some basic questions and answers on influenza: What is influenza? In ...

Nov 25, 2010

Selective immigration for highly skilled urged

The Japan Forum on International Relations, a Tokyo-based think tank, urged the government Wednesday to accept more foreign workers and tourists while being selective in accepting long-term residents. In a report submitted to Prime Minister Naoto Kan, the forum argued that Japan should focus ...

Kawasaki busy cleaning up its act

Nov 18, 2010

Kawasaki busy cleaning up its act

The sky over Kawasaki once was choked with smoke billowing from factories along its waterfront, giving the city at the center of the Keihin Coastal Industrialized Zone a reputation as one of the country’s most polluted areas. But Kawasaki has learned from its past ...

Hundreds decry 'unprincipled' liberalization

Nov 14, 2010

Hundreds decry 'unprincipled' liberalization

YOKOHAMA — Hundreds of people staged a rally Saturday in central Yokohama to voice their opposition to Japan and other Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum members taking steps to accelerate “unprincipled” trade liberalization, saying the measures would destroy people’s livelihoods and devastate farmers. Organizers said ...