Iitate farmer's cautionary tale translated

Apr 11, 2014

Iitate farmer's cautionary tale translated

by Tomohiro Osaki

Kenichi Hasegawa is a man of conviction. Unlike most of his fellow Fukushima farmers, Hasegawa never believed a word uttered by the “experts” who repeatedly came to visit his village 40 km from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 plant after the nuclear catastrophe began ...

Apr 5, 2014

English-speaking ambulance teams launched in Tokyo

The Tokyo Fire Department has launched English-speaking ambulance teams due to an expected rise in the number of foreigners in the capital ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. The number of foreigners taken to hospital by ambulance in Tokyo is on the rise. ...

Apr 2, 2014

Standardized English for road signs to help foreign tourists

by Atsushi Kodera

Foreign tourists in Japan will have a less confusing time trying to identify roads and landmarks thanks to the introduction of standardized English words and eradication of “Romanized” Japanese words on public signs, transport ministry officials said. Revised transport ministry guidelines that took effect ...

| Mar 22, 2014

A-OK as most popular U.S. term turns 175

Whatever you’re doing this Sunday, wherever you might be, take a moment to reflect on the most popular word in the English language, OK? It will be 175 years since OK — or, as some prefer, okay — first appeared in print, on page ...

Mar 19, 2014

Tokyo to put up more multi-language signs for Olympics

by Masaaki Kameda

Tokyo and the central government launched on Wednesday a public-private council to come up with ways to put up more multiple-language signs for the 2020 Olympics. “It’s important to improve the environment for welcoming an influx of foreign visitors, in addition to preparing competition ...

Feb 28, 2014

Nova founder ordered to pay damages to former students

The Osaka High Court has ordered the founder of the Nova Corp. chain of English-language schools and three other persons to pay ¥19 million in damages to former Nova students, reversing a lower court ruling. The 27 former plaintiffs became Nova students from 2002 ...

English added to Hiroshima street signs

Jan 29, 2014

English added to Hiroshima street signs

Beginning in Hiroshima on Wednesday, the infrastructure ministry started adding English equivalents to street signs to make it easier for foreign visitors to find their way. A sign in the center of the city that read “Rijo-dori” in Roman letters now reads “Rijo dori ...

Jan 29, 2014

English-language lessons finding success on the Net

Inexpensive English conversation lessons over the Internet are growing rapidly in Japan, especially among company employees in their 20s to 40s. The domestic market for foreign-language education continues to grow, reflecting the increase in the number of Japanese companies operating overseas. According to Yano ...