National Nov 9, 2015

Attorney group to offer free advice to ID-less 'mukoseki' citizens

Japan's attorneys are planning a wide-scale effort to advise people trapped in mukoseki status who are deprived of basic government services because they do not appear on family registries and thus lack legal identity. In response to a government request, the Japan Federation of Bar ...

Retailers far from spooked as Japan's interest in Halloween grows

Business Oct 30, 2015

Retailers far from spooked as Japan's interest in Halloween grows

With Halloween conveniently falling on a Saturday this year, retailers are hoping to further capitalize on an event that by one estimate will generate ¥122 billion in Japan. Like Christmas and Valentine's Day, the annual celebration is a cultural import from the West that has ...

National Oct 27, 2015

Shiga, Saga offering 24/7 multilingual phone help for tourists

Can I get a discount on this vase? How do I get to the ABC Hotel? Where can I find a Chinese-speaking doctor? Getting simple questions understood can often be difficult for international tourists here, where bilingual or multilingual speakers are hard to find. To address ...

Typhoon Etau offers first glimpse of Minato Ward's new mudslide alert

National Sep 11, 2015

Typhoon Etau offers first glimpse of Minato Ward's new mudslide alert

As Typhoon Etau ripped northward across the central part of Japan this week, residents, office workers and pedestrians in Tokyo's Minato Ward had a surprise when their smartphones abruptly made an unfamiliar ringtone and the screen flashed an alert. The alert, "evacuation preparation information regarding ...