Light up the night with a firefly festival

Jun 5, 2014

Light up the night with a firefly festival

by Sang Woo Kim

Fireflies, known as hotaru in Japan, have inspired numerous artists and writers, including Haruki Murakami, whose short story “Firefly” was later adapted into the first part of his best-seller “Norwegian Wood.” In the real world, however, fireflies are sadly in decline, as their natural ...

Firefly enclosure livens up Hakata Station rooftop

Jun 7, 2013

Firefly enclosure livens up Hakata Station rooftop

People in the bustling town of Hakata, Fukuoka Prefecture, won’t have to go out into the countryside to see fireflies this season — plenty of the lightning bugs will be buzzing around on the rooftop of JR Hakata Station until June 14. Planning for ...

Aug 30, 2011

Mr. Biden goes to Asia

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden concluded a brief three-country tour of Asia that took him to China, Mongolia and Japan. While there is always some trepidation when Mr. Biden travels — while he is a genuine foreign policy expert, he has a tendency to ...

Mar 24, 2011

Japan's moment of crisis

by Hugh Cortazzi

LONDON — Harrowing pictures of the sufferings of the Japanese people and the devastation of towns and villages along the northeast coast of Honshu as a result of the record-breaking earthquake and the unprecedented tsunami March 11 have dominated the British media for nearly ...

Mar 16, 2011

Tale of two defense policies

by Harsh V. Pant

LONDON — China has declared that its official defense budget for 2011 will rise by 12.7 percent from the previous year. Last year there was a lot of hoopla surrounding the fact that China had announced a mere 7.5 percent jump in defense budget. ...

May 27, 2007

Still can't say where the money went

The Lower House Budget Committee had an intensive deliberation on the issue of money and politics last week, with the opposition concentrating on a dubious report by Agriculture Minister Toshikatsu Matsuoka’s political fund management organization. The committee scene was a re-enactment of what happened ...