Looking back at 'Japan as No. 1'

Nov 11, 2010

Looking back at 'Japan as No. 1'

Since the best-selling book “Japan as Number One” came out in 1979, the country has suffered through a diminished global presence and been beaten out in international business competition, according to experts who gathered to look back and evaluate the intervening decades. Despite the ...

Nobelist urges youth to go abroad, study

Nov 2, 2010

Nobelist urges youth to go abroad, study

Nobel Prize laureate Akira Suzuki urged Japanese youngsters Monday to study abroad and broaden their views, just as more are growing hesitant to do so. The chemist also called on senior academics to make greater efforts to instill in younger generations a sense that ...

Oct 23, 2010

Tsukiji to relocate to Toyosu: Ishihara

The metropolitan government will spend ¥128.1 billion this fiscal year to relocate the Tsukiji fish market to the Toyosu district in Koto Ward, Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara said Friday. His announcement drew an immediate outcry from the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, which holds ...

The advantages of travel via Haneda

| Oct 20, 2010

The advantages of travel via Haneda

The opening of Tokyo’s Haneda airport to more international flights, starting Thursday, makes a lot of sense for travelers. The time required to travel to Haneda from central Tokyo is short and the airport is connected to many other Japanese cities. The new international ...

Oct 15, 2010

50 Geos branches will be renamed

Nagoya-based investment fund Inayoshi Capital Partners said Thursday that about 50 of its 167 Geos foreign-language school branches will be renamed Nova X Geos after November. ICP also said it will close down about 20 Geos branches whose business areas are overlapping with those ...

Takaki stresses value of foreign languages

| Oct 13, 2010

Takaki stresses value of foreign languages

Education minister Yoshiaki Takaki is stressing the importance of teaching children foreign languages to promote their interest in other countries. “Since we are living in a globalized society, I am keenly aware of the necessity of children acquiring the ability to communicate in foreign ...

Prosecutor offices flawed: experts

Oct 2, 2010

Prosecutor offices flawed: experts

Unless public prosecutor’s offices are forced to submit to outside oversight, more travesties of justice like the one allegedly committed by prosecutor Tsunehiko Maeda will discredit the Japanese legal system, experts say. People familiar with public prosecutor’s offices say they are infected with systemic ...

Three Fujita workers back on home ground

Oct 2, 2010

Three Fujita workers back on home ground

Three of the four Fujita Corp. employees detained by Chinese authorities on suspicion of entering a restricted military zone returned to Japan on Friday. The three men are Yoshiro Sasaki, 45, Hiroki Hashimoto, 39, and Junichi Iguchi, 59. China said the fourth detainee, Sadamu ...

Kanagawa to open language center

Sep 24, 2010

Kanagawa to open language center

The Kanagawa Prefectural Government is opening a language and cultural institute in Yokohama in January to help foreign residents learn basic Japanese, while assisting schoolteachers and local government officials as they try to deal with foreign residents. Kokusai Gengo Bunka Akademia will also offer ...

Mabuchi worried about China fallout

| Sep 24, 2010

Mabuchi worried about China fallout

Sumio Mabuchi, the new minister of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism, said he is concerned political tensions between Japan and China will seriously damage the tourism industry, which is starting to see trip cancellations, including one involving about 10,000 employees of a Chinese company. ...