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 ...

Pioneer photojournalist blazed trails for women

National May 8, 2014

Pioneer photojournalist blazed trails for women

In a career stretching back to 1940, Tsuneko Sasamoto, considered the nation's first female photojournalist, bore witness to Japan's dramatic shift from a totalitarian regime to an economic superpower. Her subjects have ranged from impoverished citizens scratching out a living in the lean postwar years, ...

'Agripreneurs' tech-savvy green thumbs

Business Aug 19, 2013

'Agripreneurs' tech-savvy green thumbs

Umeshu Dining Myojo, a small eatery in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, is growing its own herbs and leafy vegetables, including basil, mint, arugula and romaine lettuce, on site as part of a hydroponic "agripreneurism" effort. The plants are in a temperature- and water-controlled greenhouse 2½ meters ...

Businesswomen assemble in Odaiba to close gender gap

National Aug 8, 2013

Businesswomen assemble in Odaiba to close gender gap

Hundreds of working women from Hokkaido to Okinawa gathered at the 18th International Conference for Women in Business in Tokyo's Odaiba district to discuss ways to close Japan's huge gender gap and help women play bigger roles in the workforce. As the government plays up ...