Apr 1, 2014

Hague court ruling looks to sideline whalers

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi indicated his desire Tuesday to find ways for Japan to continue whaling despite the International Court of Justice’s order to discontinue the activity. While expressing regret over the ICJ’s ruling Monday that the country must stop its ...

Abe urges companies to raise wages

Jan 5, 2014

Abe urges companies to raise wages

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Saturday urged corporate managers to accept demands for higher pay in the coming “shunto” spring wage negotiations with their labor unions. “We need to create a good cycle in which improved corporate earnings get reflected in wages, lead to consumption ...

Heavy thunderstorms in west leave two missing

Jul 28, 2013

Heavy thunderstorms in west leave two missing

Parts of western Japan were deluged by rain early Sunday, triggering mudslides and floods that left at least two people missing in Shimane and Yamaguchi prefectures. The storm prompted the weather agency to warn that “some areas are seeing unprecedentedly heavy rains” and to ...

Yamaguchi murder suspect nabbed

Jul 26, 2013

Yamaguchi murder suspect nabbed

Police arrest a 63-year-old man in connection with the slaying of five people and the torching of two of their homes in the hamlet of Shunan, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

Jul 24, 2013

Myth of the 'virtuous' worker

Professor Dipak Basu is a shining example of someone who expresses his views on a variety of topics seemingly from his soul, and I respect him for that. He brings his faith into his arguments while casting the odd aspersion on “Western Christianity.” He ...

Influential anthropologist Masao Yamaguchi dies at 81

Mar 11, 2013

Influential anthropologist Masao Yamaguchi dies at 81

Famed anthropologist Masao Yamaguchi died of pneumonia at a hospital in Mitaka, western Tokyo, early Sunday. He was 81. After graduating from the department of Japanese history at the University of Tokyo’s Faculty of Letters, Yamaguchi studied anthropology at the graduate school of now-defunct ...