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. ...

Website to document air-raid devastation

Sep 17, 2010

Website to document air-raid devastation

A digital archive of information about the air raids on Japan during World War II is being prepared for launch in late November by two Americans who believe more English-speaking people should have a better idea of how ordinary Japanese suffered. Scheduled to store ...

Pandas coming to Ueno part of bigger pattern

| Sep 14, 2010

Pandas coming to Ueno part of bigger pattern

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government signed a deal with China in July to lease two giant pandas for 10 years for Ueno Zoo, which has been without a panda since the famous Ling Ling died in 2008. The animals are scheduled to make their Tokyo ...

Reportage seems source-biased

| Sep 3, 2010

Reportage seems source-biased

U.S. and Japanese media gave widespread but contrasting coverage of the sudden-acceleration accidents involving Toyota Motor Co. vehicles, mainly in North America, with accounts by victims and allegations of safety flaws getting greater play on the other side of the Pacific compared with a ...

Kingpin win would delay charges

Sep 2, 2010

Kingpin win would delay charges

Now that Ichiro Ozawa has made it official and will run for president of the Democratic Party of Japan, a key question is whether he can be indicted over his alleged financial illegalities should he win and become prime minister. Ozawa is facing an ...

Kids find confidence in speech contest

Sep 2, 2010

Kids find confidence in speech contest

The Children’s International Speech Contest, held Saturday in Tokyo, was unique in that its participants also experienced beforehand various programs promoting cross-cultural understanding. In the event’s second year, 39 children from elementary schools introduced themselves in English and delivered speeches on their assigned countries ...