Feb 12, 2014

Masuzoe eyes visit to Sochi

New Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe has expressed a desire to visit Sochi during the Olympic Games to meet International Olympic Committee officials as the Japanese capital gears up to host the 2020 Summer Games. “Arrangements need to be made with the whole metropolitan government, ...

Worst blizzard in 45 years claims 11; 1,200 hurt

Feb 9, 2014

Worst blizzard in 45 years claims 11; 1,200 hurt

Saturday’s blizzard, the worst to hit the Tokyo area in almost half a century, is being blamed for 11 deaths nationwide and more than 1,200 people being injured as accumulations continued to disrupt transportation on Sunday. The heavy snow that blanketed eastern Japan halted ...

Feb 4, 2014

Care home shortage grows acute in Tokyo

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and 23 ward offices are stepping up efforts to address an acute shortage of special nursing homes for the elderly. The homes are for people 65 or older and recognized by municipal governments as needing daily care. Tokyo has some ...

Hosokawa eyes no nukes by 2020

Jan 18, 2014

Hosokawa eyes no nukes by 2020

Former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa will pledge in his campaign for the Feb. 9 Tokyo gubernatorial election to set out a road map for Japan to break with nuclear power generation by 2020, according to a close aide. “By making 2020 his target year, ...