Aussie envoy a student of Japan

| Jul 8, 2014

Aussie envoy a student of Japan

by Mami Maruko

Bruce Miller, Australia’s ambassador to Japan since August 2011, has been interested in Japan since he was a boy of 11. At an early age, Miller said, his father, though an accountant who rarely traveled abroad, advised him to learn an Asian language instead ...

Apr 16, 2014

Fewer students going to Japanese schools in Shanghai

The number of elementary and junior high school students attending the two Japanese schools in Shanghai has dropped by 260 to 2,791 in the new academic year that started Monday, school authorities said. Local Japanese trade officials say the reduction was partly the result ...

Group addresses growing old in U.K.

Apr 15, 2014

Group addresses growing old in U.K.

by William Hollingworth

Aging throws up many challenges, but the problems can often be compounded if you choose to spend your final years thousands of miles away from your home country. This is the situation faced by a growing number of Japanese — often women who have ...

Korean teen wins Japanese speech contest

Nov 15, 2013

Korean teen wins Japanese speech contest

A South Korean high school student has won the top award in a Japanese-language speech contest in Okayama. Kim Nae-yong, 17, defeated 11 other foreign contestants Friday with a speech in which she expressed her desire to “act as a bridge between South Korea ...

Crane breeding center crowded as birds age

Nov 13, 2013

Crane breeding center crowded as birds age

The Okayama Prefectural Nature Conservation Center in the town of Wake, known for having the nation’s largest population of Japanese cranes, has been wrestling with overcrowded breeding facilities as the birds age. Officials say that the unexpected longevity of the Japanese cranes, also known ...

Apple offers Japanese e-book service

Mar 7, 2013

Apple offers Japanese e-book service

Apple on Wednesday launched Japanese-language electronic books in Japan, a move likely to further intensify competition with online retailer Amazon.com Inc. E-books purchased via Apple’s website iBookstore can be read on such devices as iPad tablet computers and iPhones. Users will be able to ...

Two Algerians with ties to JGC questioned

Jan 23, 2013

Two Algerians with ties to JGC questioned

Algerian authorities are grilling two Algerian kitchen workers who had been serving food to employees of the Japanese company JGC Corp. at a natural gas complex in the Sahara, suspecting the pair provided inside information to the Islamic militants who took scores of foreign ...