Italian culture rep probes parallels

| Jan 12, 2010

Italian culture rep probes parallels

by Natsuko Fukue

Umberto Donati, the 65-year-old director of the Italian Institute of Culture, is a force of nature when it comes to seizing every opportunity to introduce his country’s paintings, books, art exhibitions and language courses to Japanese. A vivid-red edifice near the Imperial Palace, IIC ...

Florist sees seeds of change in Japan

| Jan 5, 2010

Florist sees seeds of change in Japan

by Tomoko Otake

Hans Damen came to Japan from his native Holland 16 years ago, attracted by the traditional aspects of Japanese culture, like “taiko” drumming and ikebana flower arrangement. After teaching flower design at a school in Tokyo for a year, he landed a job with ...

Expat's Japan remedy: assimilate

| Dec 22, 2009

Expat's Japan remedy: assimilate

by Tomoko Otake

Don’t be a nail that sticks up. Assimilate. That’s the advice John C. Wocher, executive vice president at Kameda Medical Center in Kamogawa, Chiba Prefecture, has for fellow foreigners eyeing a long-term stay in Japan. Wocher, who was stationed at the Kamiseya base in ...

| Dec 22, 2009

Expat's Japan remedy: assimilate

by Tomoko Otake

Don’t be a nail that sticks up. Assimilate. That’s the advice John C. Wocher, executive vice president at Kameda Medical Center in Kamogawa, Chiba Prefecture, has for fellow foreigners eyeing a long-term stay in Japan. Wocher, who was stationed at the Kamiseya base in ...

Vietnamese physicist thrives in Japan

| Dec 8, 2009

Vietnamese physicist thrives in Japan

by Edan Corkill

Nguyen Dinh Dang didn’t choose Japan so much as Japan chose him. The Soviet-trained Vietnamese nuclear physicist and painter first came to live here in 1995 at the invitation of Riken, a semigovernmental science and technology research institute. “I was first invited to the ...

Entrepreneur taps his foreign nature

| Dec 1, 2009

Entrepreneur taps his foreign nature

by Minoru Matsutani

Harry Hill, president of TV shopping channel operator Oak Lawn Marketing Inc., received a lot of discouraging comments from Japanese when he thought about selling the “Billy’s Boot Camp” exercise DVDs. “People say, ‘We Japanese don’t do that.’ It’s amazing. Does everybody in Japan ...