Maglev veteran keeps looking toward the future

| Sep 27, 2013

Maglev veteran keeps looking toward the future

The route for the Linear Chuo Shinkansen between Tokyo and Nagoya has been announced, and the country’s first magnetically levitated train is moving toward the start of operations in 2027. Junji Fujie, a former chief engineer on the project team at the Railway Technical ...

Animal shelters strive to reduce euthanasia

| Sep 20, 2013

Animal shelters strive to reduce euthanasia

The Welfare and Management of Animals Law was revised Sept. 1 in an attempt to reduce the number of abandoned dogs and cats. Unless they are adopted by new owners, abandoned pets are usually destroyed in animal shelters after a certain number of days ...

Home of Zero fighter drawing Miyazaki fans

| Sep 13, 2013

Home of Zero fighter drawing Miyazaki fans

“Kaze Tachinu” (“The Wind Rises”) was director Hayao Miyazaki’s last feature-length anime before he retired this month. Because of the film’s success, more people are visiting a plant in Aichi Prefecture where a restored fighter plane featured in the movie is being exhibited. Mitsubishi ...

Aichi city gambles on female cyclists

| Aug 30, 2013

Aichi city gambles on female cyclists

The Toyohashi Velodrome in Aichi Prefecture has started a program to train professional female cyclists to drum up interest in the dying sport. The city hopes the women will base their activities in Toyohashi and increase the popularity of cycling to attract more spectators ...

Was Fellers friend of Japan or master manipulator?

| Aug 23, 2013

Was Fellers friend of Japan or master manipulator?

A Nagoya University professor is working on a book about the life of the late U.S. Brig. Gen. Bonner Fellers, who played a major role in absolving Emperor Hirohito (known posthumously as Emperor Showa) of responsibility for Japan’s wartime aggression across Asia. The movie ...

Deadly postwar bomb blast almost forgotten

| Aug 16, 2013

Deadly postwar bomb blast almost forgotten

On Sept. 5, 1945, weeks after World War II had ended, an unexploded bomb went off on the coast of the Otani district in Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture, killing seven children. This tragic incident, occurring in a small village in the chaotic days just after ...

Salesman sets out to prevent inheritance fights

| Aug 2, 2013

Salesman sets out to prevent inheritance fights

As an insurance salesman in Tsushima, Aichi Prefecture, Hisao Ito, 55, has seen times when family members and relatives fight over inheritances. To reduce such disputes, Ito established the Japanese Inheritance Association, bringing together lawyers, tax accountants and judicial scriveners to study past cases. ...

Nagoya commuters get their cycle on

| Jul 26, 2013

Nagoya commuters get their cycle on

Nagoya is seeing a growing number of “tsukinists,” a term coined for those who commute to work by bicycle, pointing to the public’s higher awareness of environmental and personal health issues. The city has also shown its support for tsukinists — the word is ...