Volunteers' hugs warm tsunami-hit Ofunato

Dec 24, 2011

Volunteers' hugs warm tsunami-hit Ofunato

by Mami Maruko

When the March 11 earthquake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan, numerous volunteer organizations rushed to help the survivors with basic necessities like food and clothing. As the months passed, they found that the needs of the survivors were changing with time. A group named ...

Dec 13, 2011

Cory settles: the end of the story?

by Richard Cory

Writing under the pseudonym Richard Cory over the past two years, I have provided The Japan Times with an exclusive, inside account of my marital breakdown, my wife’s subsequent disappearance with my three children, my rescue of my daughter, and my continuing efforts to ...

Every print a poem, artist's self-portrait

Dec 10, 2011

Every print a poem, artist's self-portrait

by Jane Singer

Woodblock prints, or moku hanga, may seem to be the quintessential Japanese art, but they have been embraced by artists around the world. American artist Richard Steiner, 72, has practiced woodblock printing for most of the 41 years of his residence in Japan. As ...

Nov 26, 2011

Tohoku kids to get Irish cheer

by Mami Maruko

Irish musicians will bring songs, drawings and messages to encourage and give hope to survivors of the March 11 catastrophe — especially the children — in the Tohoku region from Dec. 6 to 8. Musician Liam O Maonlai and the chorus group Anuna will ...

More diversity in workforce touted as recipe for success

Nov 8, 2011

More diversity in workforce touted as recipe for success

by Mami Maruko

To achieve success both domestically and internationally, Japanese companies need to develop a strategic mind-set that allows employees from various backgrounds — regardless of gender, nationality or age — to build their skills and confidence and apply them to their jobs, according to speakers ...