Kumiko Taguchi

| Oct 24, 2006

Kumiko Taguchi

Kumiko Taguchi, 59, is deputy manager of Junkudo book shop in Ikebukuro in Tokyo, which boasts the largest floor space (nine-stories) of any bookstore in Japan. Before moving to Junkudo in 1997, she worked at another bookselling giant, Libro, located opposite Junkudo. After a ...

Top trimmer styles two leaders in a row

| Oct 15, 2006

Top trimmer styles two leaders in a row

Japan’s new prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has declared he will continue his predecessor’s reform policies. That’s hardly a surprise, as Abe was Chief Cabinet Secretary under former leader Junichiro Koizumi, and before that was secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party when Koizumi was ...

Heartbreak heaven for staff

| Sep 17, 2006

Heartbreak heaven for staff

It’s 9 o’clock on a Monday morning. A phone rings in an office and the boss picks it up. At the other end she hears the fragile voice of one of her staff telling her she broke up with her boyfriend the day before. ...

Homing in on success

| Oct 2, 2005

Homing in on success

As a cook and lifestyle guru, Harumi Kurihara has often been dubbed Japan’s answer to America’s Martha Stewart or Britain’s Delia Smith. But in February this year, she scaled new heights when the English-language edition of her book “Harumi no Japanese Cooking” — titled ...

| Aug 21, 2005

Hot ice tops massif menu

In Nagoya City, so I heard, there’s a mountain that is really tough to conquer. But as Nagoya is on the lowland Nobi Plain straddling Aichi and Gifu prefectures, how could that be, this trained observer wondered? To check my sources as a journalist ...

Author's 'sense of mission' shines on through the flames

Aug 14, 2005

Author's 'sense of mission' shines on through the flames

At age 13, in total despair after losing her parents and two sisters, Toshiko Takagi tried to kill herself. But now, 60 years later, she stresses she never consciously tried to commit suicide. Back on that night in August 1945, she explains, it was ...

Fare to love -- or loathe

Jul 31, 2005

Fare to love -- or loathe

If you plan on visiting Expo 2005 Aichi, you may find you have to join long, long lines and brave the summer heat to get into the most popular pavillions. And should you go through Nagoya on your way back home, don’t be surprised ...

Speaking up for a 'right-size' city

Jul 31, 2005

Speaking up for a 'right-size' city

In their search for the soul of Nagoya — a city some dub “Japan’s best kept secret” — staff writers Setsuko Kamiya and Yoko Hani met up with five long-term foreign residents. All five happened to be American, and all have been in business ...

'Secret' city basks in its low-profile limelight

Jul 31, 2005

'Secret' city basks in its low-profile limelight

It’s at the geographic center of Japan and has in the past been at the hub of its history. It’s also the nation’s fourth-largest city, with a population of 2.2 million. But despite these, and many more, claims to fame and prominence, Nagoya City ...

Dining where no solo woman dared

| Jul 17, 2005

Dining where no solo woman dared

Reiko Yuyama believes that adventures are there to be had in daily life without having to go out into the wilderness. In that sense, she says she might be “more of an adventurer than Christopher Columbus or Naomi Uemura,” the late, great Japanese explorer ...