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Maya Kaneko
BUSINESS
Jul 19, 2006
Koizumi, Singh adopt FTA report, paving way for official negotiations
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (Kyodo) Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and his Indian counterpart, Manmohan Singh, adopted a report on a bilateral free-trade agreement during talks Monday after the end of the Group of Eight summit.
BUSINESS
Apr 22, 2006
Wellington cautious about regional FTA
New Zealand Associate Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton has cautiously welcomed a recent proposal by Japan to create a 16-nation free-trade zone in Asia-Oceania, saying further research is needed to examine its feasibility.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 20, 2006
Schieffer frets Asia-Oceania FTA idea
U.S. Ambassador Thomas Schieffer expressed concern Wednesday about a proposal by Japan's trade minister to create a 16-nation free-trade agreement in Asia and Oceania, saying it could damage U.S. interests in the region.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 24, 2006
Apple exporters hope to stay ahead in quality race
HIROSAKI, Aomori Pref. (Kyodo) Japan, a major food importer, has recently begun small-scale food exports in an effort to make its heavily protected farm sector more competitive. But one of the country's most successful fruit exporters says the country needs to establish internationally recognized food...
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 23, 2006
Aging, subsidized farmers slowly giving way to grower groups
ITOIGAWA, Niigata Pref. (Kyodo) Having watched many farmers grow too old to grow rice in this mountainous part of Niigata Prefecture, Naoji Hara has taken it upon himself to find a sustainable future for local agriculture.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 22, 2006
Rice farmers seeking Asian export niche
MASUDA, Shimane Pref. (Kyodo) Images of a castle, cherry blossoms and traditional "egret dance" performers adorn a package made of Japanese paper, along with a label that reads "yummy and healthy rice" grown in Shimane Prefecture.
JAPAN / History
Feb 15, 2006
Vet wants 'Death Railway' to be UNESCO site
KURASHIKI, Okayama Pref. (Kyodo) A former Japanese military interpreter involved in interrogating World War II prisoners during the construction of the infamous Thai-Burma railway will go to Thailand on Wednesday to urge the government to get the railway's ruins designated as a World Heritage site.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 23, 2005
Chubu economy seen buoyant after expo
Whenever a big event such as the Olympics or the World Exposition ends, the host city's economy is forecast to suffer a setback. But such a scenario seems unlikely for the Chubu region, where the 2005 World Exposition in Aichi Prefecture will end on Sunday.
BUSINESS
Aug 4, 2005
OECD candidate pitches Asian view
World Bank economist Sawako Takeuchi, vying with five other candidates for the leadership of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, has vowed to bring in Asian perspectives to reform the Paris-based body.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 26, 2004
Longevity-wise, Hello Kitty seems to have 10 lives
Not long after it was created 30 years ago, Japan's ubiquitous cartoon feline Hello Kitty was almost dead.
JAPAN
Aug 26, 2004
Longevity-wise, Hello Kitty seems to have 10 lives
Not long after it was created 30 years ago, Japan's ubiquitous cartoon feline Hello Kitty was almost dead.
JAPAN
Jan 9, 2004
Horticulturist hoping to perform a 'miracle'
Mitsuharu Shimamura is on a crusade. The credo he preaches is the "miracle fruit," a plant native to West African countries such as Ghana and Nigeria. Every time he lectures about this unique fruit in classrooms, children raise their hands one after another to ask for another cup of sour lemon juice,...
JAPAN
Apr 12, 2003
N.Y.-born teacher feels way to fight City Hall is win seat on assembly
Working as an English teacher in this city famous for its 16th century castle, Anthony Bianchi found his reform efforts hampered by "traditions" and "precedents." The 44-year-old New York native, who has carried out reforms such as recruiting professional language teachers to Inuyama since 1996, quit...
JAPAN
Jan 3, 2002
Chinese teas overcome coffee boom as Japan turns new leaf in Asia
Unlike Starbucks coffee, it can be drunk steadily over three or four hours, with no risk of caffeine addiction.
JAPAN
Dec 22, 2001
Child sex abuse victim asks society to care
Indifference in a community leads to aggravated abuse of children, while a lack of understanding keeps children from being rehabilitated and reintegrated into society, a Canadian survivor of child sexual exploitation said. Cherry Kingsley, 31, a participant in the Second World Congress against Commercial...
JAPAN
Oct 18, 2001
Agritourism catches on in Miyagi town
For those who are left cold by run-of-the-mill tourist attractions, a new inn in Miyagi Prefecture is offering a unique escape -- back to the blackboards and desktops of youth. The inn was converted from an old elementary school. San San Kan is an inn converted from an old elementary school in Shizugawa,...
JAPAN
Jun 6, 2001
War victims to speak out against contentious history text
About 40 people, including war victims, from several parts of Asia will speak against a recently approved Japanese history textbook at a two-day meeting in Tokyo starting Sunday.
JAPAN
Feb 24, 2001
Students turn tables on job recruiters
Fed up with the difficulties of securing employment during the continued economic slump, a group of college students have launched an initiative to radically alter the nation's recruitment practices.
JAPAN
Feb 24, 2001
Students turn tables on job recruiters
Fed up with the difficulties of securing employment during the continued economic slump, a group of college students have launched an initiative to radically alter the nation's recruitment practices.
BUSINESS
Jan 6, 2001
Young information technology execs join social revolution
The role played by young people in promoting information technology in society was highlighted in early December when a teenage company executive was recognized and won an award for being the person most representative of the IT revolution.

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