'Generation Resignation' youngsters defy stereotypes

Feb 20, 2014

'Generation Resignation' youngsters defy stereotypes

by Ayako Mie

While Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hopes the momentum of his economic policies raises the spirits of the Japanese people and buoys the stock market as well, decadeslong economic malaise has already crushed the hopes and dreams of many young people, who will be leading ...

Toyoda tries to revive love for cars

Oct 8, 2013

Toyoda tries to revive love for cars

by Anna Mukai

While Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda is on the cusp of a record year for profit, kids nowadays make him nervous. They’re so clueless that boys without cars have the nerve to ask girls out. “In the past, if you wanted to date ...

Jul 18, 2013

University students try to fire up young voters

A student group working to get out the youth vote isn’t short of ideas when it comes to grabbing attention, but increasing turnout isn’t proving to be easy. Since its launch in 2008, the group called ivote, made up of around 20 undergraduate and ...

Eternal reminder: Teen erects tsunami monument

Apr 24, 2013

Eternal reminder: Teen erects tsunami monument

Yusaku Yoshida, a 16-year-old high school student in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, has put up a wooden monument on a hill in the town on March 11 so the memory will forever remain of the tsunami that devastated the Tohoku region exactly two years ago. ...

3/11 students vow leadership roles

Mar 13, 2013

3/11 students vow leadership roles

by May Masangkay

Students from the Tohoku region devastated by the March 11, 2011, disasters have vowed to draw from their experiences and take on new roles on the global stage. “We were given opportunities to examine global issues and think about how to address them,” Atsuko ...