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 ...

Pokemon ring, Sailor Moon stick are among  top toys

Jun 11, 2014

Pokemon ring, Sailor Moon stick are among top toys

Takara Tomy’s Pokemon Mega Ring was declared best boys’ toy in this year’s Japan Toy Prize contest, it was announced Tuesday. The top girls’ toy was a smartphone-type device called Puripasu, which can be used to network with game machines in video arcades. Thirty-three ...

Jun 10, 2014

Panel calls for traineeship shake-up

The Justice Ministry is looking at ways to reform the long-criticized foreign trainee program, including whether to boost penalties for employers abuse trainees.

Dance pioneer puts homeless back on their feet

Jun 4, 2014

Dance pioneer puts homeless back on their feet

While walking on the streets of Tokyo 10 years ago, dancer and choreographer Yuki Aoki encountered a scene that remains indelibly etched into his memory. A crowd in Shinjuku cheered at a band of young street musicians amid a performance full of swagger and ...

Former Aum member denies being bomber

May 30, 2014

Former Aum member denies being bomber

Former Aum Shinrikyo fugitive Naoko Kikuchi said Friday she had no idea that cult superiors had roped her into a plot to build and send a parcel bomb to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government headquarters in 1995. Kikuchi, 42, is pleading not guilty to charges ...