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 ...

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 ...