Maya Kaneko
Japan Times
Sep 12, 2010
UNICEF: Narrow poverty gaps
The head of the U.N. Children's Fund office in Tokyo is calling on the government to try to narrow gaps among the poor in its efforts to help achieve the U.N. Millennium Development Goals on poverty reduction.
Japan Times
Aug 11, 2010
Firms tie English to survival
The recent moves by up-and-coming companies such as Rakuten Inc. and Fast Retailing Co. to adopt English as their official in-house language by 2012 reveal their resolve to compete globally to survive.
Jul 1, 2010
Your Party touting smaller government
Your Party is campaigning on a growth-oriented policy in hopes of striking a chord with businesspeople unhappy with the economy.
Apr 8, 2010
Tokyo's CO2 cap-and-trade may set national standard
Asia's first mandatory program to cut greenhouse gas emissions, launched last week by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, could provide a much-needed model for the central government, which is struggling to design a nationwide emissions trading system this year.
Mar 31, 2010
Boardroom diversity key to crises
Bringing fresh perspectives to boardrooms by promoting diversity in gender, race, culture and age has become vital to companies struggling to recover from the global economic crisis, a key U.S. advocate for women's leadership says.
Mar 24, 2010
Some men swapping pants for dresses
Style-conscious Japanese males have brought the skirt, a garment synonymous with femininity, to the forefront of cutting-edge men's fashion.
Mar 11, 2010
Danish leader seeks speedy delivery of climate aid to poor nations
Visiting Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen, who chaired a U.N. climate summit in Copenhagen last December, called Tuesday for the early implementation of financial aid worth $30 billion pledged by rich countries to help poor nations grapple with the impact of climate change.
Mar 9, 2010
U.N. biodiversity chief seeks protocol on use of genetic resources
The head of a U.N. treaty on conserving biological diversity wants to see the adoption of a new protocol on the use of genetic resources in such sectors as pharmaceuticals, agriculture, horticulture, cosmetics and biotechnology at an October meeting in Nagoya.
Mar 5, 2010
Tsushima's S. Koreans: guests or guerrillas?
TSUSHIMA, Nagasaki Pref. — Located 50 km off the Korean Peninsula, the island of Tsushima has recently seen an influx of South Korean tourists. But far from celebrating, some islanders and conservative Japanese politicians see a looming national security threat in foreign property acquisitions...
Jan 8, 2010
Security policy keeps coalition partners at odds
Jan 4, 2010
TELL counselors aiding expats, Japanese alike
With suicides topping 30,000 for the 12th consecutive year, the international community has not proved immune to the mental health challenges posed by this stressful country, and the prolonged economic downturn has only made problems worse.
Japan Times
Sep 22, 2009
Japan's new climate initiative raises hopes
Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's ambitious target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions has been welcomed with great fanfare overseas, prompting domestic environmentalists to feel proud of their nation's leader for probably the first time.
Japan Times
Sep 15, 2009
Luxury guesthouses said worth the expense
If you are looking for an apartment in the Tokyo area, recently launched luxury guesthouses equipped with a spacious kitchen, widescreen television and even a pool table may be an appealing option, unlike conventional guesthouses that are shabby.
Japan Times
Aug 21, 2009
Bankrupt Yubari seeking funds as symbol of wrecked communities
YUBARI, Hokkaido (Kyodo) The city of Yubari in central Hokkaido has a lot going for it: a ski area, campgrounds, hot springs, museums celebrating its history as a booming coal town. So it's hard to believe it is Japan's only bankrupt municipality.
Jul 22, 2009
Hawaii's only Japanese-language daily fights for survival
HONOLULU (Kyodo) "Never let the Japanese voice go extinct" — that was the key message Paul Yempuku of the newspaper Hawaii Hochi wanted to convey to the Emperor and Empress when he met them during their recent stay in Hawaii.
Jun 16, 2009
Africa rice consumption soaring, output must be doubled: Annan
Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan is seeking the support of Japan and other rice-producing countries to help double rice output in Africa by 2018, saying sustainable production of the grain would ease hunger and poverty in the continent.
Japan Times
Apr 4, 2009
G20 backs Japan's spending plan
LONDON — Japan got an official go-ahead for its additional stimulus plan at the just-concluded global financial summit in London, as summiteers presented a united front on carrying out stimulus measures to buoy the faltering global economy.
Japan Times
Mar 18, 2009
Indonesian caregivers working to adapt
The language barrier and unfamiliar workplace environment pose daily challenges to the 205 Indonesian nurses and caregivers who began working at hospitals and nursing facilities nationwide about a month ago.
Japan Times
Mar 10, 2009
Shops, towns look to woo handout-flush consumers
Almost half of Japan's cities, towns and villages and their malls and shopping streets are preparing shopping coupons that offer up to 20 percent in premiums, hoping beneficiaries of the ¥2 trillion cash handout program will spend the money there.
Japan Times
Feb 19, 2009
Nakagawa fiasco another hit to economy
Finance Minister Shoichi Nakagawa's abrupt resignation over his wobbly performance at a news conference in Rome is feared to further drag down the economy, having shaken the "control tower" of Japan's economic policies.


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