No country for small-time rice farmers

| Dec 15, 2013

No country for small-time rice farmers

In the suburbs of Tokyo, rice farmer Koichi Yuge is weighing how the government’s change of heart on controlling rice prices will impact his 300-year-old family business. Yuge, who grows the Koshihikari brand of rice on 6 hectares of paddies in the city of ...

Dec 10, 2013

Popular Dwango to charge job applicant fee to narrow field

Internet firm Dwango Co. has announced that it will charge a fee of ¥2,525 for students applying for entry-level jobs at the company. The move, announced last week, is intended to narrow the pool of applicants to “only those who are serious about working ...

Line censoring messages in China

Nov 28, 2013

Line censoring messages in China

In another example of the dilemmas facing Internet companies operating in China, Japan-based instant messaging app provider Line Corp. has been censoring chats among users there, blocking the transmission of politically sensitive words and phrases. Line, which announced Monday that the number of people ...

Nov 14, 2013

Japan economy grows for fourth straight quarter but at slower 1.9%

The economy grew an annualized 1.9 percent in the July-September period, marking a fourth consecutive quarter of growth but sharply down from the previous quarter as consumption slowed and exports fell, casting a cloud over “Abenomics.” In the previous three months, gross domestic product ...

Mizuho has more loans to the mob

Nov 13, 2013

Mizuho has more loans to the mob

Mizuho Bank has outstanding loans to yakuza and other antisocial elements apart from car loans extended through its affiliate credit company, Orient Corp., President Ya­su­hi­ro Sa­to tells the Diet.

Kinki University fish lab opening Ginza eatery

Oct 30, 2013

Kinki University fish lab opening Ginza eatery

A fisheries research lab at Kinki University in Wakayama Prefecture is poised to make a smashing debut in the heart of Japan’s gourmet capital: Ginza. The private university will open a fish restaurant in the glitzy Tokyo district on Dec. 2, serving tuna, red ...