Is Japan too permissive a society?

| Oct 24, 2006

Is Japan too permissive a society?

Thomasina Larkin asks people if they think that Japan is too permissive a society Yuri Suzuki Student, 19Japan is too permissive. People can drink alcohol in their cars. People can drink all night and bartenders don’t tell them not to drive home. The underage ...

How will people remember the Koizumi era?

| Sep 19, 2006

How will people remember the Koizumi era?

Masayoshi Nasu Restaurant staff, 30Koizumi should have behaved better. He’s been gossiped about a lot, for example, over Yasukuni Shrine. He did get young Japanese people more interested in politics though. Hiromi Narita Student, 19When I think of Koizumi, I think of the time ...

Does Japan need an emperor or empress?

| Sep 5, 2006

Does Japan need an emperor or empress?

Taichi Kadowaki Office worker, 32 I don’t think we need an emperor or empress. We Japanese adore the royal family because they are this great symbol,but they don’t really do anything. They just spend our tax money, but on nothing useful or important. Yoko ...

What is the most serious issue facing Japan?

| Aug 8, 2006

What is the most serious issue facing Japan?

Katy Abud Teacher, 44 Teachers in elementary schools and junior high schools don’t teach children life values. They only teach what’s outlined in the curriculum and don’t know how to answer children who ask “Why is something like this or that?” Yoshihisa Nishimoto Student, ...

Would you like to have children?

| Jul 25, 2006

Would you like to have children?

Satoko Woolala Graphic designer, 39 Even if I were heterosexual, I wouldn’t want to have children. Japanese law only takes care of heterosexual families. Same-sex partners can make private contracts, but don’t both have legal rights to their children. Olivia Moss Legal translator, 3130 ...

Soaking in the urban onsen scene

Jul 25, 2006

Soaking in the urban onsen scene

Taking a nice, long, hot bath has for eras been an ideal way to unwind, whether it is a soak crammed in the tub at home after a hard day’s work, a trip to the local sento (public bath) for a leisurely scrub-down or ...

Lesbian mothers' twin tasks

| Jul 25, 2006

Lesbian mothers' twin tasks

Motherhood can be daunting under even the best of circumstances, but, as a lesbian, considering starting a family brings with it a whole new set of difficulties. The Japan Times talks to three women who have sought to overcome the hurdles presented by raising ...

A tipple or two on top of the world

Jul 14, 2006

A tipple or two on top of the world

In a city crammed with over 12 million people, digging up a little space to breathe can be a tall order. With hundreds of thousands of shops, restaurants, businesses and apartments competing for space, little nature is left for the taking, from within the ...