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Akemi Nakamura
JAPAN
Apr 10, 2004
Abductions put Japan's resolve on line
News that three Japanese civilians had been taken hostage by apparent terrorists in Iraq demanding that the Self-Defense Forces troops be withdrawn from the country drew a mixed response Friday on the streets of Tokyo.
JAPAN / SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT
Apr 1, 2004
Private universities feel heat from company-run upstarts
Already struggling to keep student numbers up amid an ever-shrinking pool of high school graduates, private universities now face a new threat -- stock exchange-listed companies entering the fray of running institutions of higher learning.
Japan Times
JAPAN / SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT
Mar 31, 2004
Colleges hope new law schools will boost student numbers
With the nation's birthrate falling and the number of high school graduates in steady decline, institutions of higher learning have been scrambling to maintain student levels.
JAPAN
Mar 31, 2004
Kids to learn about North Korea abductions, Sept. 11 attacks
The abduction of Japanese nationals to North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States have been included for the first time in elementary school textbooks.
Japan Times
JAPAN / SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT
Mar 30, 2004
Universities face brave new world of autonomy, competition
The academic year that begins Thursday will mark a new era for national universities, which will be cut loose from the fetters of the education ministry and gain independent administrative institution status.
JAPAN / TALKING SHOP
Mar 29, 2004
Wipro head develops management style to handle Indians
YOKOHAMA -- Masaki Nagao recently applied a typical Japanese business practice to helping reorganize his India-affiliated software firm here.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 25, 2004
Discrimination's blatant signs, not roots, easy target
A few years ago, lawsuits by foreigners against businesses that barred their entry gained public attention, and while the litigation may have faded from memory, not so the discrimination they fought -- just see the signs.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 9, 2004
Part-timers seek some respect; unions step up
Longtime part-time employee Yasue Kitamura found her job becoming more worthwhile after being assigned responsibility for the Calvin Klein bedroom items corner at Takashimaya Co.'s Nihonbashi flagship department store five years ago.
JAPAN
Feb 21, 2004
Researchers' technologies increasingly being used by ventures
University researchers are gradually leaving their ivory towers to cooperate with businesspeople and utilize the technology they have developed.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 20, 2004
Education reform requires balancing act
Japan is on the way to radical deregulation of the compulsory education system in hopes of bringing more diversification and competition to schools, but it will take a delicate balancing act.
JAPAN / TALKING SHOP
Feb 16, 2004
Karaoke learning curve put telecom executive on right line
For Eric Gan, chief financial officer of broadband service firm eAccess Ltd., keeping up with the latest telecom technology terms in Japanese is not difficult. Coping with business customs here is.
Japan Times
JAPAN / LABOR PAINS
Feb 11, 2004
More support needed for foreign laborers
When Roseli Okuyama came to Japan from Sao Paulo in 1990 and began working at a plastics manufacturing factory, she had planned to stay for a year and then move to Europe.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 11, 2004
Sexual harassment victim to stage English play about her experience
About six years ago, Lilith Takahashi began performing a solo Japanese play based on her experience of sexual harassment at a U.S. university in the early 1980s.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 4, 2004
Kids' books 'stir imagination,' Ghosn says
Good books can encourage children to love reading, become lifelong learners and lead a successful way of life in a global society, Nissan Motor Co. President Carlos Ghosn told a ceremony Tuesday for winners in a children's book contest.
JAPAN
Jan 15, 2004
Royalties proposed for book rentals
An advisory panel to Cultural Affairs Agency chief Hayao Kawai issued a report Wednesday calling for the Copyright Law to require book-lending businesses to pay royalties to authors.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 6, 2004
Mobile phone giants strive for pre-eminence in 3G market
Anticipating that third-generation services will dominate the mobile phone market within a few years, NTT DoCoMo Inc., KDDI Corp., and Vodafone K.K. are rolling out new handsets with a range of advanced 3G functions.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 31, 2003
Automakers turn to 'telematics' to get tech lovers' attention
In the fight for a bigger share of the domestic car market, Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. have shifted to a new battlefield -- "telematics" informational network systems
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 30, 2003
Mobile commerce market taking off
Taking the 15-minute walk from her home to her office in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, every morning, Noriko Kato, 29, looks at the tiny screen on her DoCoMo 505i mobile phone to check her e-mail and sometimes access her favorite shopping site, run by Netprice Ltd.
JAPAN / TALKING SHOP
Dec 22, 2003
Nissan designer takes light-hearted approach to using English
Having a good command of English is crucial for Shiro Nakamura, a senior vice president in charge of design at Nissan Motor Co., to work with President Carlos Ghosn, other foreign executives and subordinates.
BUSINESS
Dec 18, 2003
Honda sets sights on 10% sales increase in 2004
Honda Motor Co. said Wednesday it hopes to boost its global sales in 2004 to a record 3.2 million vehicles, up 10 percent from the forecast for this year.

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