Kansai rides the onsen wave

Community May 25, 2003

Kansai rides the onsen wave

It's a sunny Saturday afternoon, and Spa World in Osaka's Naniwa Ward is crowded with people of all ages drawn to its 16 different kinds of baths. True to its name, it's an onsen theme park with a global approach. Scenes from 11 countries ...

Kansai robots on march amid Astro Boy hoopla

National Apr 3, 2003

Kansai robots on march amid Astro Boy hoopla

OSAKA -- The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, is witnessing a surge in visitors ahead of the April 7 "birthday" of Astro Boy, the humanoid robot for which the late cartoonist is probably best known. The real world has not yet been ...

National Apr 1, 2003

South Korea food, culture site to open in Osaka in '05

OSAKA -- A South Korean food and cultural complex will open in the Rinku area near Kansai International Airport in February 2005 to promote friendship between Japan and South Korea, it was announced Monday. The Rinku Korea Village will be built on a 2.9-hectare site ...

National Mar 24, 2003

Water forum closes amid clash over privatization

KYOTO -- For eight days, and at a considerable cost to local taxpayers, the World Water Forum brought together international corporations in the water supply business, World Bank officials and a large number of Japanese construction and design firms, as well as senior government ...

National Mar 22, 2003

Committee to review nation's dams

KYOTO -- Experts from Japan and the U.S. on Friday launched a committee to examine Japan's love affair with dams, hoping to draw on U.S. experiences in reviewing and decommissioning such projects. The announcement was made during a session of the ongoing World Water Forum. The ...

Sri Lankan makes a case for the right to water

National Mar 21, 2003

Sri Lankan makes a case for the right to water

KYOTO -- Sumika Perera is in the midst of a fight against the Sri Lankan government and international lending agencies, which are trying to privatize her country's water. One pillar of the Sri Lanka Poverty Reduction Strategy, which was agreed upon in 2002 by the ...

National Mar 19, 2003

Clear line drawn as private water management debate opens

OSAKA -- Debate on private vs. public water management lived up to its billing as one of most divisive issues at the World Water Forum as a two- day plenary session opened here Tuesday. Lined up against private-sector involvement are developing countries, which believe water ...

National Mar 18, 2003

Water forum promotes role of women

KYOTO -- Greater integration of the female perspective is critical for better management of water services, according to participants in a session Monday of the ongoing World Water Forum here. The "Gender in Court" session was organized by the Gender and Water Alliance, a network ...