Osaka museum offers Big Bang for your buck

May 16, 2014

Osaka museum offers Big Bang for your buck

by Jason Jenkins

Tokyo is teeming with opportunities for families to learn and play, but the nation’s capital doesn’t have a monopoly on educational fun. Osaka has many great places for kids, including the popular Big Bang Science Museum. Located between downtown Osaka and the Kansai International ...

Are teens being enticed by sweetened cigars?

May 12, 2014

Are teens being enticed by sweetened cigars?

by Anna Edney

Flavored cigars that are popular with teens contain the same additives found in Jolly Rancher candies and Kool-Aid drink mixes, lending weight to the argument that tobacco companies take aim at youth, researchers said. Almost every flavor chemical found in tested sweets, including grape ...

Sunday's double-sainthood is not without controversy

Apr 25, 2014

Sunday's double-sainthood is not without controversy

by Ella Ide

Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will join the roster of saints at a historic Vatican ceremony on Sunday seen as an attempt to unite conservatives and reformists, with some 800,000 pilgrims expected in Rome. The double canonizations of two of modern-day Catholicism’s ...

Cannabis: the healing of the nation

Apr 19, 2014

Cannabis: the healing of the nation

by Jon Mitchell

Every summer in Hokkaido and northern Honshu, platoons of police and public servants scour the countryside for cannabis. For a nation well-known for its strict drug laws, the plants are remarkably easy to find. In an average year, patrols discover between 1 million and ...

Apr 18, 2014

Swiss building provides a refuge for the hypersensitive

No smoking, no perfume, no cellphones — the list of rules at a newly opened apartment building on the outskirts of Zurich is long. The structure has been purpose-built for people who say exposure to everyday products such as perfume, hand lotion and wireless ...

Make a splash on a family outing

| Apr 18, 2014

Make a splash on a family outing

by Jason Jenkins

Spring has arrived, and with it a taste of the sunny, sweltering climate to come. Longer days and warmer rays make my kids thirst for a swimming pool. However, Japan’s outdoor swimming season doesn’t officially begin for months, and indoor locations such as Tokyo ...