Nov 3, 2014

Japan to bestow awards on 4,029 people in autumn decorations ceremony

Japan will bestow government decorations in recognition of contributions to the state on 4,029 people, including 370 women, the central government announced on Monday. The awards will also include 57 foreigners from 30 countries and territories. The top decoration, the Grand Cordon of the ...

Musician Kuwata, sushi chef Ono among autumn decorations recipients

Nov 2, 2014

Musician Kuwata, sushi chef Ono among autumn decorations recipients

Southern All Stars frontman Keisuke Kuwata and world-renowned sushi chef Jiro Ono are among the 755 recipients of this year’s autumn decorations, government officials said Saturday. The Medal with Purple Ribbon, for contributions to academia, the arts and sport, has been awarded to eight ...

Nov 3, 2013

Schieffer, Howard among 4,242 set for autumn honors

Canon Inc. Chairman Fujio Mitarai and veteran actor Tetsuya Watari are among the 4,193 Japanese recipients of this year’s autumn decorations for their contributions to society, the government said Sunday. In addition to the Japanese, 49 foreigners from 31 countries and territories will be ...

Jan 29, 2012

Purpose of a higher education

Regarding the Jan. 23 article, “More crucial than English” (by Takamitsu Sawa): The question of why Japanese students’ intellectual capacities are not developed has not been adequately addressed. When it comes to the humanities, Japanese students are discouraged from developing critical thinking skills. Unlike ...