Give kids a chance to solve their own problems

Dec 30, 2013

Give kids a chance to solve their own problems

A new moniker, “snowplow parents,” refers to those who not only hover like helicopter parents but also plow ahead to pre-emptively eliminate any obstacles from their child’s path. These are the folks who would like to hand-select their young child’s classmates, or who bribe ...

In memoriam: Those we lost in 2013

Dec 28, 2013

In memoriam: Those we lost in 2013

by Jun Hongo

2013 saw the loss of a number of personalities who stood at the top of their respective fields. As the year quietly draws to a close, we reflect on those we lost, their contribution to the world and their ongoing legacy.

From Mikimoto's pearls to ones of publicity wisdom

Dec 23, 2013

From Mikimoto's pearls to ones of publicity wisdom

by Edan Corkill

Having invented a method for creating cultured pearls in 1893, Meiji Era entrepreneur Kokichi Mikimoto set about selling them to the world. Apparently not one for understatement, he once announced he hoped to “adorn the necks of all women around the world with pearls.” ...

Upbeat in the face of adversity

Dec 21, 2013

Upbeat in the face of adversity

by Jun Hongo

Twenty-four-year-old Yura Tsutsumi was first attracted to Yuta Suzuki after seeing how positive he was in everyday life. The pair met at university, where they had both studied nursing, and Tsutsumi soon realized that Suzuki was someone she could depend on. “He was always ...

Waiter . . . there's a bug in my soup

Dec 14, 2013

Waiter . . . there's a bug in my soup

by Jun Hongo

The crickets chirp before they are thrown into a pan, sauteed in vegetable oil and turned into crispy, crunchy snacks. They are one of the three toppings offered on crackers as hors d’oeuvres; a jam made from ants and rice grasshoppers boiled in a ...