Aug 27, 2014

JR Tokai applies for ¥9 trillion maglev train line approval

Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) filed an application Tuesday with the transport ministry for approval of a plan to build a magnetically levitated train line between Tokyo and Nagoya by 2027. JR Tokai is expected to start construction as early as October following ...

Aug 24, 2014

Osaka man arrested for allegedly lopping off son's finger

A 45-year-old man was arrested in Osaka on Saturday on suspicion of chopping off his 9-year-old son’s right middle finger with a kitchen knife, police said. Yoshimasa Ando, a part-time worker who lives in the city, said that because his son was quarreling with ...

Aug 6, 2014

Moderate quake jolts parts of Kyoto, Osaka

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.2 shook parts of Kyoto and Osaka prefectures early Wednesday morning. The 1:17 a.m. quake originated in southern Kyoto Prefecture at a depth of around 10 km, the Meteorological Agency said. No tsunami alert has been issued. ...

Osaka bets big on TOEFL to boost English levels

| Jul 27, 2014

Osaka bets big on TOEFL to boost English levels

The Osaka Prefecture Board of Education is pushing through a raft of initiatives to shake up English-language education, chief among them the introduction of TOEFL at top-performing high schools, which will be taught by an elite group of teachers earning approximately ¥8 million a ...

Jul 14, 2014

Nursing firm withheld funds from Filipino workers

A Japanese nursing care service provider that obliged Filipino employees to absolve the company of any responsibility for their deaths also illegally withheld some of their monthly salaries, sources said. Juju Corp. appears to have set aside the cash as reserves in case loans ...

Store sold inedible gourd seedlings as being safe to eat

Jul 14, 2014

Store sold inedible gourd seedlings as being safe to eat

Decorative calabash gourd seedlings sold at stores nationwide were mislabeled “for edible use,” Royal Home Center Co., run by the Daiwa House Industry Co., said. The mistake came to light after someone in Nara Prefecture was hospitalized after coming down with symptoms of food ...

Jul 9, 2014

Universal Studios looking to return to the TSE in 2015

The operator of Universal Studios Japan is considering relisting on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in the business year starting next April, sources said Wednesday. USJ Co., which operates the Osaka theme park featuring attractions based on popular Hollywood movies, is ...

Jul 8, 2014

Odds fall on USJ casino ambition

by Eric Johnston

As Osaka moves forward with plans to build an integrated resort complex in the hope that the Diet will soon legalize casinos, the future role of the Universal Studios Japan theme park remains unclear. Management is in a long-running dispute with Osaka municipal officials ...