Naoto Kan speaks out

| Aug 31, 2013

Naoto Kan speaks out

by Edan Corkill

Naoto Kan took his first steps in the world of politics around 40 years ago as a pugnacious citizen-activist, admonishing those with power as only those without it can. Though he likes to say he’s the same man now, of course there’s an irony ...

Cautionary tales from one not afraid to risk all

| Aug 3, 2013

Cautionary tales from one not afraid to risk all

by Tomoko Otake

In December 1990, journalist Toyohiro Akiyama made headlines the world over when he blasted off aboard a Soviet rocket to become the very first “space correspondent” in history. The Soyuz capsule with the 47-year-old Tokyo Broadcasting System reporter strapped inside later docked with the ...

From Hollywood to Hirohito

| Jul 6, 2013

From Hollywood to Hirohito

by Edan Corkill

From “Empire of the Sun” to “The Last Samurai,” and from “Memoirs of a Geisha” to “Babel” — when Hollywood film directors have turned their cameras to the Land of the Rising Sun, there is one person they have insisted on having by their ...

Making life easier for working moms

| Mar 3, 2013

Making life easier for working moms

by Tomoko Otake

Yukari Horie, 30, is managing director of Arrow Arrow, a Tokyo-based NPO that offers consulting to companies with female workers who are in the later stages of their pregnancy or who have just become moms and are wondering how to adjust their work styles ...

Battling the postpartum blues

| Mar 3, 2013

Battling the postpartum blues

by Tomoko Otake

Maco Yoshioka is the founder of Madre Bonita, a nonprofit group that offers postpartum fitness programs for women using elastic exercise balls. Yoshioka, 40, who studied sports physiology at the University of Tokyo, says she became aware of physical and mental difficulties for new ...

Documenting the gender imbalance

| Mar 3, 2013

Documenting the gender imbalance

by Tomoko Otake

Yu Negoro, 40, is a documentary filmmaker who has delved deep into the issues of gender and sexuality in Japanese society. Her first project was a series of three short films dealing with women suffering from eating disorders, a condition Neguro suffered in her ...