'Tank girls' lead the charge

Mar 19, 2014

'Tank girls' lead the charge

by Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro Kubo

Being a soldier in Japan after World War II was seen as a job for failed police recruits and unemployed youths from depressed rural towns. But as tension with China chips away at Japan’s postwar pacifism, the military is regaining its prestige — helped ...

Manga majors a big draw in the job market

Sep 10, 2013

Manga majors a big draw in the job market

by Kaoru Otsu

With manga becoming more popular internationally, an increasing number of Japanese universities have been providing courses on the subject, producing graduates who have gone on to work in a broad spectrum of society. “The number of students finding employment at companies unrelated (to manga) ...

'Sazae-san' sets Guiness cartoon record

Sep 6, 2013

'Sazae-san' sets Guiness cartoon record

The TV cartoon “Sazae-san,” which began airing in 1969, has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the longest-running animated series in the world, beating the U.S. show “The Simpsons.” “I am full of emotions. It is a testament to the fact that people ...