Stigmatized workers quitting Tepco in droves

Jul 21, 2014

Stigmatized workers quitting Tepco in droves

Stigma, pay cuts and risk of radiation exposure are among the reasons why 3,000 employees have left Tepco, the utility at the center of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. Now there’s an additional factor: better paying jobs in the feel-good solar energy industry. Engineers ...

'Oishinbo' spurs nuclear debate

May 24, 2014

'Oishinbo' spurs nuclear debate

A journalist finds his nose doesn’t stop bleeding after visiting the meltdown-stricken Fukushima nuclear plant. He also learns others suffer similar symptoms. The scene from popular manga comic “Oishinbo,” published last month, has set off a hot public debate in Japan — a nation ...

No-go 'zone' a state of mind

May 7, 2014

No-go 'zone' a state of mind

Whenever Kazuhiro Onuki goes home — to his real home, that is — the 66-year-old former librarian dons protective gear from head to toe and hangs a dosimeter around his neck. Grass grows wild in the backyard. The ceiling leaks. Thieves have ransacked the ...

Life at Fukushima No. 1 gets manga treatment

Mar 26, 2014

Life at Fukushima No. 1 gets manga treatment

First off, no one who works at Tepco’s wrecked nuclear plant calls it Fukushima “Dai-ichi,” comic book artist Kazuto Tatsuta says in his book about his time on the job. It’s “ichi efu,” or 1F. It’s not “hell on earth,” but a life filled ...

Honda appoints first woman to board, promotes foreigner

Feb 24, 2014

Honda appoints first woman to board, promotes foreigner

Honda appointed a woman to its board for the first time and gave a major promotion to a foreigner in signs the automaker wants to change perceptions that it has a hidebound corporate culture. Technology expert Hideko Kunii, 66, will join the board, and ...

Japan lacks decommissioning experts for Fukushima No. 1

Dec 18, 2013

Japan lacks decommissioning experts for Fukushima No. 1

Japan is incapable of safely decommissioning the devastated Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant alone and must stitch together an international team for the massive undertaking, experts say. However, only halting progress has been made so far. Unlike the United States and some European countries, ...

Showcase PS4 game has the Knack

Nov 6, 2013

Showcase PS4 game has the Knack

Knack was created to be the perfect beast to show off the spectacularly vamped-up visual powers of the PlayStation 4 game console. The main character in the game, which is also titled “Knack,” is made up of 5,000 parts that cluster together and hang ...

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 ...