| Oct 4, 2009

Mamoru Mohri: A spaceman speaks

by Edan Corkill

When future historians document the story of Japanese space exploration, 2009 will likely figure as the year when the nation put two high-profile rocket launch failures, in 1999 and 2003, firmly behind it and, quite literally, took off. In June, the nation’s first blueprint ...

Keene: A life lived true to the words

| Sep 6, 2009

Keene: A life lived true to the words

by Eriko Arita

Donald Keene is one of the greatest scholars of Japanese literature and has been highly influential in the establishment of Japanese studies in the West. Now aged 87, the Professor Emeritus of Columbia University in New York has published around 25 books in English, ...

Caring for body and soul

| Aug 2, 2009

Caring for body and soul

by Tomoko Otake

With his shaven head, straight back and deep, calming voice, Sokun Tsushimoto, a newly qualified physician who started practicing at a Tokyo clinic in April, clearly betrays evidence of his long and rich life experience. Until he set out on his eight-year study/training path ...

| Jun 7, 2009

Born but not Bred

by Eriko Arita

Kang Sang Jung is one of the most influential ethnically Korean residents of Japan (zainichi). A political science professor at the University of Tokyo, he also gives lectures around the country, is a regular television commentator and has a column in the prestigious weekly ...

Outsider looking in

| May 3, 2009

Outsider looking in

by Tomoko Otake

Born the son of a yakuza boss in Kyoto, Manabu Miyazaki is now a best-selling author. His life may read like fiction, but he raises social, political and media facts in a manner that’s as frank as it is hard-hitting Manabu Miyazaki is a ...

| Mar 1, 2009

Of money and motherhood

by Eriko Arita

Kazuyo Katsuma is a charismatic economic analyst, best-selling writer and working mother, who has regular columns in newspapers and appears frequently in magazines and on TV shows. Katsuma is considered one of Japan’s foremost writers on the subjects of self- development skills for people ...

| Mar 1, 2009

Of money and motherhood

by Eriko Arita

Kazuyo Katsuma is a charismatic economic analyst, best-selling writer and working mother, who has regular columns in newspapers and appears frequently in magazines and on TV shows. Katsuma is considered one of Japan’s foremost writers on the subjects of self- development skills for people ...

| Feb 1, 2009

Beauty's more than skin deep

by Tomoko Otake

S kincare guru Chizu Saeki’s expertise is such that her abilities have been compared to those of a fortuneteller. She can, for example, determine people’s physical and mental health condition, the key experiences that have influenced them, and even their outlook on life, merely ...

Japan's 'Mr. Television'

| Jan 4, 2009

Japan's 'Mr. Television'

by David Mcneill and Miguel Quintana

Picture the world’s busiest television presenter, and imagine yourself squinting through the glare of high-wattage celebrity, struggling to breathe in air perfumed with pampered showbiz egos. But fresh from hosting Japan’s most popular afternoon talk-show, Monta Mino arrives in a reception lounge at the ...

Probing the real Japan

| Nov 2, 2008

Probing the real Japan

by Edan Corkill

Kenneth Pyle says his first memories of Japan were of watching war films when he was a child — “all the dogfights with Zero fighters and all that.” The 72-year-old American still keeps a close eye on Japan’s military maneuverings. Now, though, he’s a ...

A rebel with style

| Sep 7, 2008

A rebel with style

by Edan Corkill

First-time visitors to Japanese department stores are likely to be surprised by the brand Jurgen Lehl. Chances are they haven’t heard of it although it sounds international and its quiet chic suggests they should have. As well, Jurgen Lehl outlets generally occupy large chunks ...