| Jul 4, 2003

Shop redefines the sound bite

by Asako Murakami

KYOTO — Enter the little shop in Kyoto’s Higashiyama Ward and the world unfolds through sound — the sounds collected around the world, such as ice melting off a glacier, snarling Bangkok traffic, beetles mating, a rhinoceros breaking wind and the silence of a ...

| Feb 7, 2003

Osaka survey follows ethnic lines

by Eric Johnston

OSAKA — While Osaka’s foreign residents are divided on the need to provide information for medical services in foreign languages, they are in general agreement that schools should teach more about the history, language and culture of other countries. At the same time, a ...

Diet library to boost Web access

| Sep 6, 2002

Diet library to boost Web access

by Asako Murakami

SEIKA, Kyoto Pref. — The Internet age is offering libraries a chance to shed the image of musty rooms lined with overflowing shelves and endless reference materials. The Kansai branch of the National Diet Library — due to open here Oct. 7 — is ...

| Jul 20, 2002

Foreigners find public housing off-limits

by Eric Johnston

OSAKA — Human rights groups have welcomed Shiga Gov. Yoshitsugu Kunimatsu’s promise to review the prefecture’s policy of barring foreign residents from living in public housing if they are unable to speak Japanese. But they added that Shiga’s Japanese speakers-only policy reflects a nationwide ...

Traditional industries adapting to stay afloat

| Jul 12, 2002

Traditional industries adapting to stay afloat

by Asako Murakami

KYOTO — Tango Orimono Kogyo Kumiai, an association encompassing the traditional textile industry in Kyoto’s Tango district, has tasted success with its foray into the skin-care products sector. The textile-skin product combination may seem odd, but it is not. The skin products, including facial ...