National Nov 26, 2001

'Buy Nothing Day' adds weight to buying season

KYOTO -- "Look, it's Santa Claus," said the excited little boy as he passed in front of Hankyu Department Store here Sunday afternoon. Well, not quite. This is Zenta Claus, the antithesis of jolly St. Nick, who advocates recycling those toys and trinkets he ...

Cooperation urged to improve lake conservation

National Nov 13, 2001

Cooperation urged to improve lake conservation

OTSU, Shiga Pref. -- The sustainability of the world's lakes will increasingly depend on private investment and closer cooperation between scientific and governmental agencies, according to the keynote speaker at the ninth International Conference on the Conservation and Management of Lakes. The opening session Monday ...

Events Nov 13, 2001

Kansai adopts antiauteur atmosphere

OSAKA -- Foreign filmmakers shun it for its high cost and lack of cooperation from authorities, while Japanese directors decry its dearth of sophistication and talent. The Kansai region, the capital of the nation's film industry in the '60s, has since found itself relegated to ...

Art Oct 31, 2001

Todaiji's Imperial legacy of treasures beyond counting

NARA -- Almost every year since 1946, the treasures of the Shosoin, storehouse of Nara's famed Todaiji Temple, have been put on display for all to see. These treasures have survived from the eighth century, preserved and protected by both Imperial favor and the ...

Events Oct 30, 2001

House of noble poets displays treasures from ancient Japan

KYOTO -- Tucked away near the southeast corner of Doshisha University in Kyoto is the last surviving house of Japanese nobility. Home to the Reizei family, it is now occupied by 54-year-old Kimiko Reizei and her husband, Tamehito, head of Tamao Kai, a school ...

Events Oct 16, 2001

Forum eyes water management scenarios

KYOTO -- By 2025, it is predicted that nearly 5 billion people worldwide will face a severe shortage of water. A resource people take for granted may become as precious as diamonds or gold, according to a panel of experts who took part in ...

Events Oct 2, 2001

Nation's cable music man turns his attention to broadband

OSAKA -- Music, as we're often reminded, is a universal language. In Japan it is also ubiquitous. Employees in the Osaka office of Usen Corp., the nation's largest cable broadcaster, field hundreds of music requests a day. Walk into almost any coffee shop, restaurant, company office ...

Events Sep 4, 2001

Osaka's Koreans slam invasion of privacy

KYOTO -- Recent allegations that files on hundreds of Korean residents in the Kansai region were handed to the Public Security Investigation Agency by local city offices has cast a pall of fear over the community, according to leaders of two major ethnic organizations. "We ...

Events Aug 21, 2001

Electronics firms wage battle of the rays

KYOTO -- Kyoto-based Rohm Corp., one of Japan's largest makers of electronic components, is locked in a legal wrangle with Nichia Corp. of Anan, Tokushima Prefecture, over patents related to blue light-emitting diodes and blue lasers. Blue LEDs and blue lasers constitute two of the ...

Events Aug 7, 2001

Kansai hoping to revitalize with return to cultural roots

KYOTO -- The Kansai region is about to host a unique performing arts festival that organizers hope will spark a regional renaissance at a time when the nation is facing a bleak future. Kazuhiko Kasaya Gakugeki Festival 2001 will be held in four Kansai cities over ...