Chinese immigrants played vital role

| May 28, 2009

Chinese immigrants played vital role

by Natsuko Fukue

Third in a series Pianos, dresses and lemonade were among the products first introduced to Japan by Western merchants when Yokohama port opened to foreigners in 1859, after nearly 240 years of isolation during the Edo Period. But not many know that Chinese immigrants ...

The rise of Japan's No. 1 gateway

| May 26, 2009

The rise of Japan's No. 1 gateway

by Reiji Yoshida

First in a series If asked to name the most populous city in Japan, the answer seems obvious. However, Tokyo is not strictly speaking a city. Rather, it is a prefecture-level administrative area that includes 23 semimunicipal wards. With 3.66 million residents and growing, ...