Day-care centers for sick kids few, strapped

National Jan 9, 2008

Day-care centers for sick kids few, strapped

It's a dilemma many working parents face when their children fall ill. Dr. Yoshiya Yamaguchi, who runs a pediatric clinic in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, has seen his fair share of parents who can't miss work but don't know who to turn to for help taking ...

A delicious mix of technology and sweets

National Jan 4, 2008

A delicious mix of technology and sweets

Futuristic technology has come to sweets. No, cheesecake won't start walking and doughnuts won't be assembling your new Toyota Prius, but sweets produced by venture firm FCOM (Fresh Functional Food Composite) Co. are packed, or better yet, "infused" with technology. "Our business was started based on ...

'Fukubukuro' hunters rise early to bag their prey at nation's shops

Business Jan 3, 2008

'Fukubukuro' hunters rise early to bag their prey at nation's shops

With the new year comes the season of shopping extravaganzas. Shoppers in Tokyo were lining up Wednesday to pounce on "fukubukuro" (lucky bags) as soon as the stores opened. Customarily, all manner of shops from department stores, grocers, electronics retailers to supermarkets, sell lucky bags on ...

Mourners for Bhutto visit envoy

National Dec 30, 2007

Mourners for Bhutto visit envoy

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination has stunned people around the world, including in Tokyo, where scores have been visiting the Pakistani ambassador's residence to sign a book of condolence. The mourners include Japanese government officials and citizens, who have come "to express their ...

National | MIXED MATCHES Dec 29, 2007

Distance fails to dent couple's relationship

David Backof, a native of Miami, was a college student in New Orleans when his friend suggested they apply together for teaching jobs in Japan. Not knowing what he wanted to do after graduation, he agreed. Coming to Japan was "kind of an accident," Backof ...

National Dec 26, 2007

Firm reneges on promised jobs for Nova teachers

whether they would be able to be re-employed or not," she said. "We had to believe the company as much as possible because we wanted to regain a sense of security as soon as possible." National Union of General Workers Tokyo Nambu, a Tokyo-based labor ...

Shibuya to rent land to fill demand from green thumbs

National Dec 15, 2007

Shibuya to rent land to fill demand from green thumbs

Not many people go to Shibuya to commune with nature, but starting in spring, gardening and farming might see a boom in one of Tokyo's most populous wards. Shibuya recently announced it will start vegetable gardens on three of the ward's properties next April. The three ...

Donations aiding Asian kids in need

National | READERS' FUND Dec 15, 2007

Donations aiding Asian kids in need

Last in a series The organizations AMATAK House of Cambodia and PAG-ASA Group Japan have dedicated themselves to providing education to children and youths in Asia. AMATAK House of Cambodia is led by the Rev. Fumio Goto of Tokyo's Catholic Kichijoji Church and has been building ...

National Dec 11, 2007

Hawker's friends try new appeal

hands out leaflets Sunday in Tokyo's Harajuku district, urging people to come forward with any information that could lead to the arrest of Tatsuya Ichihashi, who is wanted in the March slaying of Lindsay Ann Hawker. YOSHIAKI MIURA PHOTO About 10 people — friends of ...

Broadway charity acts instill volunteer spirit in showman

National Dec 8, 2007

Broadway charity acts instill volunteer spirit in showman

Three years ago, Mayumi Kamata went to a Broadway charity event held in New York to see a friend perform. A choreographer and former actress, Kamata was overwhelmed by the scale of the event. The actors and spectators appeared to be together enjoying a spirit ...