Mar 2, 2015

Ex-urbanites to promote exodus to countryside

The internal affairs ministry will hold a meeting to showcase people who have left urban areas for the countryside via a public support system designed to revitalize rural areas. The event in Tokyo on March 8 is intended to raise the system’s profile and ...

Aug 8, 2014

U.S. reluctant to relocate Ospreys outside Okinawa

The United States has voiced reluctance over Japan’s proposal to temporarily relocate MV-22 Osprey military transport aircraft from a U.S. base in Okinawa Prefecture to Saga airport, sources said Thursday. The United States cited reasons such as difficulties in redeploying troops and securing a ...

Aug 6, 2014

Toyota leaving Hollywood roots to boost North American profits

A closer look at Toyota Motor Corp.’s record profit shows why the world’s largest automaker is leaving behind its Hollywood beginnings. While Toyota reported Tuesday it earned more money in last quarter than any automaker on the planet, profit from North America trailed behind ...

May 23, 2014

Futenma relocation assailed by activists

About 70 environmental conservation groups have issued a statement seeking cancellation of the long-delayed plan to move the U.S. Futenma air base elsewhere in Okinawa Prefecture. The organizations said they plan to send the statement, issued on Thursday, the International Day for Biological Diversity, ...

Dec 28, 2013

Hail to the governor: U.S. stoked by Futenma OK

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel has praised Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima’s decision to allow the relocation of the Futenma air base to move forward, calling it a “milestone” for relations with Japan. Hagel on Friday welcomed the approval of the long-delayed transfer of U.S. Marine ...

Moving to higher ground proving tall order

Dec 24, 2013

Moving to higher ground proving tall order

The government enacted a law on Nov. 22 to address the risks posed by tsunami in the event of a major earthquake occurring in the Pacific Ocean off the coasts of central and western parts of the country. The special measures law outlines actions ...

Ise Jingu parlays Shinto ritual into record crowds

Dec 20, 2013

Ise Jingu parlays Shinto ritual into record crowds

Ise Jingu Shrine, fresh off its Sengyo-no-gi in October, the main event in the “shikinen sengu” ritual of transferring the deity to a new shrine building every two decades, is drawing record crowds. The number of worshippers flocking to the shrine in Ise, Mie ...