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 ...

Ichinomiya uses manga to promote textile brand

| Jun 29, 2013

Ichinomiya uses manga to promote textile brand

A project to create costumes from the popular manga series “Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne” is under way in the textile hub of Ichinomiya, Aichi Prefecture, which recently came up with the “Costume Town” concept to promote itself. The Ichinomiya Chamber of Commerce and Industry has ...