Conundrum Iraq

| Jan 9, 2005

Conundrum Iraq

by Eric Prideaux

One year ago this month, an advance team from Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) arrived in Iraq on a mission — so the Japanese public was told — to help rebuild the wartorn country. The rest of the main contingent of 600 troops soon ...

Time to serve

| Dec 5, 2004

Time to serve

by Masami Ito

Joji Yamamoto was a young, idealistic politician with a bright future — but all that promise dissolved on Sept. 4, 2000, when he was arrested on suspicion of fraud. Soon after the arrest, Yamamoto admitted his guilt. He had, indeed, pocketed more than 25 ...

Livedoor whiz kid sets a new style

| Sep 5, 2004

Livedoor whiz kid sets a new style

Takafumi Horie, 31, has been the man in the news since the end of June, when he announced that his Tokyo-based Internet service firm, Livedoor Co., was in the market for Osaka’s debt-ravaged Kintetsu Buffaloes baseball team. In the present tumultuous state of the ...

Sommelier supreme

| Jun 6, 2004

Sommelier supreme

by Masami Ito

Shinya Tasaki was a teenager when he made his first solo trip to France in 1977. Even back then, he was so eager to learn about French food and wine that he visited as many wineries as he could — only to be turned ...

Picture this . .

| May 2, 2004

Picture this . .

by Eric Prideaux

With soldiers silhouetted against dramatic desert sunsets, or helicopters swooping over cityscapes, most mainstream-media photographs we see of the war in Iraq are nothing if not models of artistic composition and taste. For the most part, though, they are also devoid of the human ...

Outside the box

| Apr 4, 2004

Outside the box

by Mark Schreiber

Back in 1972, a 30-year-old New Jersey native who had recently graduated from Tokyo’s Sophia University was in New York City, trying to talk to anyone who would listen about politics and life in Japan. Nobody was interested. “It was only when I started ...

Lost and found in art

| Mar 7, 2004

Lost and found in art

by Monty Dipietro

Yayoi Kusama was just shy of 30 when she left her hometown of Matsumoto in Nagano Prefecture and headed to America to meet her hero, the painter Georgia O’Keeffe. It was improbable, even quixotic, but Kusama soon developed an artistic style that endeared her ...

Climb (and clean) every mountain

| Mar 3, 2002

Climb (and clean) every mountain

When Ken Noguchi reached the summit of Mount Everest in 1999, at the age of 25 he became the youngest person to have scaled the highest peaks on all seven continents. Born to a Japanese father and Egyptian mother, he grew up moving around ...

| Mar 3, 2002

Climb (and clean) every mountain

When Ken Noguchi reached the summit of Mount Everest in 1999, at the age of 25 he became the youngest person to have scaled the highest peaks on all seven continents. Born to a Japanese father and Egyptian mother, he grew up moving around ...