National Mar 20, 2016

French innkeepers share 'minpaku' woes with Japan hoteliers

Operators of hotels and inns wary of the government's plan to deregulate vacation rentals are saying in unison: Look at what happened in France. Known as minpaku in Japanese, paid accommodations in private homes are considered key to alleviating the lodging shortage emerging from the ...

Kyoto group gives Afghan women literacy classes

National | CHARITY DRIVE 2015 Dec 3, 2015

Kyoto group gives Afghan women literacy classes

Kyoto-based Nippon International Cooperation for Community Development has provided literacy education to about 2,800 women in Afghanistan over the past five years. The organization, better known as NICCO, is one of several nongovernmental organizations taking part in a reconstruction effort led by the nonprofit body ...

Priest's aid effort provide education in rural Cambodia

National | CHARITY DRIVE 2015 Dec 3, 2015

Priest's aid effort provide education in rural Cambodia

A Japanese nonprofit organization committed to helping disadvantaged Cambodian children receive an education celebrated the completion of its 19th school there in February. AMATAK, which means "eternity" in Khmer, has been building schools for children in rural Cambodia since 1995. The educational environment there is "not ...