Lapses, coverups color public view of nuclear plants

Mar 19, 2011

Lapses, coverups color public view of nuclear plants

Behind the escalating nuclear crisis sits a scandal-ridden energy industry in a cozy relationship with government regulators, who are often willing to overlook safety lapses. Leaks of radioactive steam and workers contaminated with radiation are just part of the disturbing catalog of accidents that ...

Vindication for Toyota man who built up U.S. sales

Mar 12, 2011

Vindication for Toyota man who built up U.S. sales

Toyota’s U.S. business has been a lifetime passion for Toshiaki Taguchi from humble beginnings 50 years ago, when barely 100 Toyota cars were being sold a month, to the world’s No. 1 automaker today. At the automaker’s Tokyo office last year, Taguchi, 69, the ...

NTT creating sensors for seniors

Feb 24, 2011

NTT creating sensors for seniors

The nation’s top telecom carrier is developing a simple wristwatchlike device to monitor the well-being of the elderly. The wearable sensor from NTT Corp., shown this week, is part of a growing effort to improve care of the old in a nation whose population ...

Leaf reverses carmakers' flight abroad

Jan 27, 2011

Leaf reverses carmakers' flight abroad

YOKOSUKA, Kanagawa Pref. — The Leaf electric car is rolling down the bustling assembly line at Nissan’s Oppama plant, taking the place of a gasoline-powered compact whose production was moved abroad last year. The Oppama plant in Yokosuka is a showcase for Nissan Motor ...

Tomy targets big holiday sales in U.S.

Dec 2, 2010

Tomy targets big holiday sales in U.S.

Toy maker Tomy Co. is hoping to score a comeback in the U.S. this Christmas with toy trains and cars that boast a 40-year history in Japan but failed previously to catch on abroad. Tomy, Japan’s No. 2 toy company, which also makes Transformer ...

Japan hot for global app developers

| Dec 1, 2010

Japan hot for global app developers

The iPhone’s popularity in Japan is cracking open an industry long thought inaccessible to outsiders. For years, the typical Japanese cell phone — built to operate on a network hardly used anywhere else in the world — has been stuffed with quirky games and ...

Dolphin hunters, activists set to hold parley in Taiji

Oct 30, 2010

Dolphin hunters, activists set to hold parley in Taiji

A town whose annual dolphin hunt was bloodily depicted in the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove” is hosting the first-ever meeting between antihunting activists and its fishermen to try to find common ground between the two sides. The film portrayed the fishermen from Taiji, Wakayama ...

Rollins at 80 still wows loyal jazz fans in Japan

Oct 7, 2010

Rollins at 80 still wows loyal jazz fans in Japan

Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins — one of the last surviving legends of the golden era of jazz — has just turned 80. His hair is a burst of white, and he staggers a bit when he walks on stage. But when he plays, he ...

Sep 14, 2010

U.S. airlines squeezed as Haneda goes international

Haneda airport will open up to international flights next month as Japan works to maintain Tokyo’s status as an Asian travel hub. But it comes with a big catch for U.S. airlines that have been squeezed into the least convenient time slots. Opening Haneda ...

Jun 30, 2010

World's tweet is Japan's 'mumble' on hit Twitter

Twitter is a hit in Japan, succeeding where other social networking imports like Facebook have foundered as millions “mumble” — the translation of tweet — and give miniblogging a distinctly Japanese flavor. The arrival of the Japanese-language Twitter service in 2008 tapped into a ...