Timing is everything in SDF's recruitment drive

Jul 4, 2014

Timing is everything in SDF's recruitment drive

Most regard it as ironic, but some call it sinister. The Self-Defense Forces have launched an annual recruitment drive in the same week that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe handed Japan’s troops a new role. On Tuesday, the day Abe said the Cabinet had decided ...

Forbes magazine launches Japanese-language version

Jun 25, 2014

Forbes magazine launches Japanese-language version

The respected Forbes business magazine published the first issue of its Japanese-language version Wednesday with the aim of spotlighting Japanese entrepreneurs keen to boost their nation’s economy. The Japan edition is published under a license agreement between Forbes Media LLC and Tokyo-based media company ...

Tag pushed as an Olympic demo sport

Jun 20, 2014

Tag pushed as an Olympic demo sport

If there is one thing Yasuo and Takao Hazaki feel confident about outdoing any other father-son duo in, it is their intense commitment to the ancient playground game of “onigokko,” or team tag. In 2010, Yasuo Hazaki, 65, a social science professor at Josai ...

International Tokyo Toy Show allows a peek at Christmas hits

Jun 12, 2014

International Tokyo Toy Show allows a peek at Christmas hits

It’s that time of year again. Children erupt with joy as they see their favorite anime characters come to life, and tech-savvy young adults scramble to figure out the latest cutting-edge gadgets. It’s not Christmas, but the International Tokyo Toy Show runs a close ...

Jun 11, 2014

Rights groups slam criminal justice reforms

Seventeen human rights and citizens’ groups submitted a petition to the Justice Ministry on Wednesday slamming its proposal to reform criminal investigations as “far from enough” to improve transparency and prevent wrongful arrests. The proposal, outlined by the ministry on April 30, laid the ...