Rethinking, updating traditional crafts

Art | EXPO MILANO 2015 May 3, 2015

Rethinking, updating traditional crafts

Despite a decline in the handmade craft industry, especially with a lack of young people to pass the baton to in recent years, the Expo Milano 2015 that kicked off May 1 is a big chance for densan, or traditional Japanese handcrafted products, to ...

Fake Ergobaby carriers sold online in Japan: consumer watchdog

National Mar 31, 2015

Fake Ergobaby carriers sold online in Japan: consumer watchdog

Knock-off versions of U.S. baby carrier Ergobaby have hit the Japanese online market, according to a Tokyo-based consumer watchdog dedicated to catching fake brand goods. Amid repeated reports of babies falling out of baby slings, Union des Fabricants, based in Chiyoda Ward, said of the ...

National Mar 13, 2015

Todai sounds plagiarism alarm with rare cheating report

In a rare move, the University of Tokyo, Komaba, locally known as Todai, has reported that one of its students plagiarized a term report using information from the Internet. It was the first time the prestigious school has openly reported a cheating student. The university ...

National / Social Issues Feb 27, 2015

Bunkyo plans measures to aid sexual minorities

Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward will consider measures relating to sexual minorities by March 2016, a ward official said, following a recent proposal by Shibuya Ward to issue certificates recognizing same-sex unions. The measures have yet to be decided, and while it remains to be seen whether ...

National Feb 26, 2015

NPO aims to recycle hotel soap to help poor nations

A nonprofit organization plans to collect unused soap from upscale Tokyo hotels and recycle it into bars for use in the developing world, and is currently seeking funds to buy the equipment it needs. On Feb. 15, the Global Soap Project, a United States-based nonprofit ...

National / Social Issues Feb 20, 2015

Officials pull plug on teacher survey about LGBT students

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government's Education Bureau has halted an independent survey of how junior high and high schools cater to sexual minorities, citing problems with some of the questions. The organizers, a group calling itself Respect Life: White Ribbon Campaign, mailed questionnaires to staff at ...