Calculated move: Interest in 'soroban' picks up

Aug 21, 2013

Calculated move: Interest in 'soroban' picks up

by Satoshi Toi

The “soroban,” Japan’s traditional abacus, is drawing renewed interest as a tool to promote the development of children’s mental capacities and to help fight dementia in the elderly. At a soroban class in Tokyo’s Nerima Ward, early elementary school children practice a mental calculation ...

To win 'Fab' case, SEC learned from its mistakes

Aug 4, 2013

To win 'Fab' case, SEC learned from its mistakes

At the trial of a Citigroup executive a year ago, Matthew Martens attended as a spectator and watched the defense win jurors over with the “Where’s Waldo” argument. The jury cleared Brian Stoker of the fraud charges leveled against him by the Securities and ...

Tongan rugby retiree forged unique bonds

Jul 23, 2013

Tongan rugby retiree forged unique bonds

by Hiroshi Harada

Japan and Tonga have developed a bond based on an unusual combination — the abacus and rugby. Sinali Latu, 47, is the product of that unique relationship, which began with the visit in 1976 of a top Japanese abacus teacher to Tonga, whose national ...