Mar 4, 2015

Skymark to suspend Yonago route from September

Bankrupt Skymark Airlines Inc. said Wednesday it will suspend flights to and from Yonago Kitaro Airport in Tottori Prefecture from Sept. 1 as one measure of many to restore its financial health. The suspension will remain through Oct. 24, but no decision has been ...

Feb 23, 2015

ANA Holdings to help Skymark recover from bankruptcy

ANA Holdings Inc., parent of All Nippon Airways Co., said Monday it has notified bankrupt Skymark Airlines Inc. of its plan to take part in the struggling airline’s restructuring. Its support may include a capital tie-up, joint purchase of jet fuel and code-sharing, ANA ...

Skymark eyes another airline's assistance for rehabilitation

Feb 4, 2015

Skymark eyes another airline's assistance for rehabilitation

Bankrupt Skymark Airlines Inc. is eyeing seeking another airline’s assistance for its rehabilitation plan involving cost-cutting steps such as joint procurement of fuel, according to a document filed with the Tokyo District Court. The application seeking court protection from creditors, filed Jan. 28, also ...

Dealing with addiction: Japan's drug problem

Aug 23, 2014

Dealing with addiction: Japan's drug problem

by Masami Ito

Some kid shot up a dose again tonight Pushed back by his other self Even if you were to buy your dream You need self-control No one talks about hopes and dreams All that’s there is something better, something new, a better way The ...

Former drug addict relieved to be alive

Aug 23, 2014

Former drug addict relieved to be alive

by Masami Ito

You won’t find an air conditioner in any inmate wings at Fuchu Prison, no matter how hot it is outside. And on this sweltering, cloudless day in August, it is certainly hot. Two members from Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Center (DARC) are preparing to hold ...

Ex-con on mission to tame recidivism rate

Sep 27, 2013

Ex-con on mission to tame recidivism rate

by Tomohiro Osaki

Hiroshi Igarashi remembers feeling like a dinosaur when he was released from prison in 2011 after nine years behind bars. He had no idea how to use IC cards and phones as train tickets. Even the self-serve “drink bar” system in restaurants struck him ...

Feb 28, 2013

Rehabilitation takes a back seat

A Justice Ministry advisory panel outlines a proposed revision to the Juvenile Law that would add years to baseline detentions of young lawbreakers.