The Imperial Japanese Navy commanded some of the war's most destructive battles from tunnels under Keio University's Hiyoshi campus. After a section was destroyed in spring, concerned citizens worry that the tunnel network's days are numbered.
A British language school teacher in Tokyo is struggling to pay for his chemotherapy and cancer surgery after his Waseda University-linked former employer failed to renew his contract, citing his nonattendance due to illness.
Kaizen here is organic, ubiquitous and attuned to the physical and psychological needs of human beings. At its best, this "human-scale kaizen" eliminates or eases many of the mundane uncertainties, annoyances and embarrassments of daily life.