Our guide to family <em>hanami</em> hot spots

| Mar 20, 2014

Our guide to family hanami hot spots

by Jason Jenkins

The transition from winter to summer is just beginning, and that means something magical is about to arrive: cherry-blossom season. As winter loosens its grip, delicate pastel petals push their way out of gnarled sakura-tree branches — an early indicator of the warmth that ...

Automation set to affect our job prospects

Mar 17, 2014

Automation set to affect our job prospects

by Aki Ito

Who needs an army of lawyers when you have a computer? When Minneapolis attorney William Greene faced the task of combing through 1.3 million electronic documents in a recent case, he turned to a so-called smart computer program. Three associates selected relevant documents from ...

Japanese who played rugby before 1899

Mar 15, 2014

Japanese who played rugby before 1899

by Mike Galbraith

The earliest reference to a Japanese person playing rugby appears in a magazine produced by University College School in London. “Bell, Lindfield, Webster and Kikuchi deserve mention for the School,” says an account that referred to a third XV match in October 1872 against ...

Still hunting shadows three years after 3/11

Mar 8, 2014

Still hunting shadows three years after 3/11

by Jun Hongo

One of the great statistical mysteries that persist several years after a natural disaster is the figure that appears without fail each month in columns representing the number of people that are still missing. Almost three years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and ...

Fukushima: animal kingdom

Mar 8, 2014

Fukushima: animal kingdom

by Jun Hongo

Kumassy is a cat. As yet he has no owner. No one knows where or when he was born, only that he was found slinking through the damp, cold streets of Okuma in Fukushima Prefecture on Dec. 28 before being scooped up by what ...