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 ...

Aug 14, 2010

Tokyo elderly urged to gird against heatstroke

Of the 96 people found dead of heatstroke this summer in Tokyo’s 23 wards, 87 were aged 65 or older, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said Thursday, urging the elderly to drink water and take salt before going to bed. Many victims died at night ...

Aug 13, 2010

Ministry mulls digital textbook project

Hoping to respond to the growing needs of working with online technology to survive a fast-changing world, the education ministry is considering launching a research project next fiscal year on using digital textbooks in schools. Experts say, however, the ministry should thoroughly examine the ...

Jul 31, 2010

Historic schools face doom

From August, Chuo Ward in Tokyo will start to razing two “fukko” (revival) elementary schools, and demolish a third one around two years later. However, architectural experts, local residents and alumni oppose the plan, claiming the buildings have high cultural value and the ward ...

Jul 15, 2010

Hong Kong pitches school opportunities

Hong Kong’s secretary for education, Michael Suen, is looking for Japanese students to study in the city. “I am confident that our education reforms, open-door policies for overseas students and the modern city lifestyle of Hong Kong will continue to attract talented young people ...