Nursing your house back to health

Jul 29, 2001

Nursing your house back to health

What can you do to protect yourself from sick-house syndrome? First, according to Koichi Ikeda of the Institute of Public Health in Tokyo, you should pay much more attention to ventilation in your home. “Try to open the windows more often to get fresh ...

Jul 29, 2001

The makings of a home, sick home

Air pollution isn’t restricted to areas with factories and heavy traffic. Though it may nestle in a rural idyll, your home itself could be a potent source of potentially harmful chemicals. The phenomenon of “sick-house syndrome,” caused by exposure to volatile chemicals given off ...

The song remains . . .

Jul 22, 2001

The song remains . . .

One of the biggest smash hit songs of the year, bellowed in karaoke rooms across the nation, is “Ashita ga Arusa.” Not one but three artists recorded cover versions of the song. First came a rock version from the super-genki rock band Ulfuls, which ...

Cheers and tears for souvenirs

Jul 22, 2001

Cheers and tears for souvenirs

Akihisa Shirota, 36, clearly remembers the evening of Oct. 14, 1974. A Yomiuri Giants-Chunichi Dragons pro-baseball game was on television. His father told him to sit in the seiza formal sitting position and watch it. It was baseball superstar Shigeo Nagashima’s last game. “I ...

Jun 15, 2001

Basics must still precede computer skills: teachers

While the government is actively promoting education on information technology starting in elementary school, some teachers question the wisdom of getting children started on computers at such an early age. “I often doubt if it is good for first-graders to learn drawing pictures on ...

May 31, 2001

New curriculum sees parents push English for infants

Second of two parts Staff writer Yukiko Wada left her Tochigi home at 8 a.m. one Saturday with her 2-year-old daughter, Hinami. While their journey to Tokyo’s Eifuku-cho in Suginami Ward seemed a bit long, it became worthwhile when they encountered an American acquaintance ...

| May 30, 2001

Elementary school teachers to run English gantlet

Offering English language education in an entertaining, communicative way sounds just fine. In theory. So does having foreign language classes aimed at broadening interest in other cultures. Elementary school teachers from across the country receive a lesson in English-teaching methods at a branch of ...

May 6, 2001

All is not lost with youth, beautician, 90, reminds women

The trouble with Japanese women in their understanding of beauty, according to one veteran beautician, is their obsession with youthfulness — true beauty shines through regardless of age. This adage sounds most convincing coming from May Ushiyama, a beautician who is still active at ...

May 4, 2001

Todai chief laments decline in academic standards

Japan may lose out in the international arena, especially in scientific and technological research, if no appropriate steps are taken to stem the decline in Japanese university students’ academic abilities, warns the new president of the prestigious University of Tokyo. “The University of Tokyo ...

| May 2, 2001

Toyama sticks by controversial textbook

Newly appointed education chief Atsuko Toyama, continuing the policy of her predecessor, said her ministry will not seek additional revisions to a controversial history textbook even if South Korea officially lodges requests to this end. Atsuko Toyama South Korea and China have sharply criticized ...