Japanese architects sell lifestyle on a global stage

Aug 8, 2014

Japanese architects sell lifestyle on a global stage

A new generation of Japanese architects is scoring success by reinterpreting the past. Unlike their predecessors, who modernized Japan with Western-style edifices, they talk of fluidly defining space with screens, blending it with nature, taking advantage of earthy materials and incorporating natural light — ...

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 ...