Kisaku Seno

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National Mar 11, 2015

Art therapy tours enliven dementia patients and their caregivers

In a quiet corner of the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo, a small group of elderly dementia patients accompanied by relatives and caregivers gathered in December in front of a work by French avant-garde painter Pierre Bonnard. Yoko Hayashi, representative director of Arts ...

Firms use internships to entice top students

Business / Corporate Jan 25, 2015

Firms use internships to entice top students

Facing fierce competition to attract top university graduates, many Japanese firms are using internship programs as a way to entice students before the official start of the recruiting season, which was recently shifted to March from December. Students in their junior year aiming for the ...

Short-staffed hospitals laud Vietnam trainees

National Dec 22, 2014

Short-staffed hospitals laud Vietnam trainees

Amid an acute labor shortage, well-trained nurses from several Asian countries are bringing favorable changes to hospitals here. "They gave us the power to tackle our sense of stagnation," Sayaka Fujita, a 41-year-old nurse at Sodegaura Satsukidai Hospital in Sodegaura, Chiba Prefecture, said of the ...

Japanese broadcasters eager to grab more Asian viewers

National / Media May 5, 2013

Japanese broadcasters eager to grab more Asian viewers

Japanese television networks are scrambling into Asia, seeing it as a new frontier of business opportunities as they struggle with dwindling advertising revenue at home. Fuji Media Holdings. is pushing into the Asian market with its "Asia Versus" program, a competition for amateur musicians. While ...

National Jul 18, 2008

1920s proletarian novel strikes chord with young underemployed

A book released nearly 80 years ago and considered a representative piece of proletarian literature is apparently striking a chord with young part-time workers amid growing income disparities and poverty in Japan. "Kanikosen" ("Crab-Canning Boat") by Takiji Kobayashi (1903-1933) debuted in 1929. Kobayashi was tortured ...