| Oct 2, 2011

Satoshi Kamata: Rebel spirit writ large

by Eriko Arita

Monday, Sept. 19, was Respect for the Aged Day in Japan. But on that sweltering national holiday, it wasn’t the heat that that drew tens of thousands of people to Meiji Park in central Tokyo, but their concerns for all the nation’s citizens, and ...

Web-slinging professor seeks spider silk secret

| Sep 18, 2011

Web-slinging professor seeks spider silk secret

by Tomoko Otake

Shigeyoshi Osaki can read the minds of spiders. Or so you would think, if you see the way he handles the eight-legged arthropods. Osaki, professor at the department of biomacromolecules at Nara Medical University in the city of Kashihara, Nara Prefecture, is also one ...

Eriko Hiratsuka

| Sep 13, 2011

Eriko Hiratsuka

by Judit Kawaguchi

Eriko Hiratsuka, 26, received her master’s degree from Waseda University’s Graduate School of Law in 2010. That’s no small achievement for anyone, but for Eriko, who has severe hearing loss in both ears, reaching her goals has always required extra effort. Although she can ...

| Aug 23, 2011

Ondagumi president Chuya Onda

by Judit Kawaguchi

Chuya Onda, 68, is the president of Ondagumi, one of Japan’s biggest hikiya companies. Hikiya specialize in deconstructing, rebuilding and moving buildings. They are also experts at lifting up houses in order to make them earthquake-proof with special high-tech materials. Since the Great East ...

Tadanori Yokoo: An artist by design

| Aug 7, 2011

Tadanori Yokoo: An artist by design

by Edan Corkill

In conversation, Tadanori Yokoo jumps nimbly between the past and the present. One moment he’s watching the sky glow red as bombs rain down on Kobe during World War II. The next he’s riding in a taxi with Yukio Mishima. And then he’s back ...