Mitsuko Nashima

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National Dec 17, 2000

Yanaka's 'forest of stone sculptures'

Just a minute's walk from JR Nippori Station spreads a vast cemetery in Tokyo's Taito Ward that covers much of the eastern half of the area known as Yanaka and a strip of the neighboring Ueno Sakuragi area. Yanaka Reien is where a number of ...

National Sep 12, 2000

Smiling seen as key to economy

Make people laugh -- that should make the economy better and lead to a bright future for Japan, according to Masao Kimura, board director of the Osaka-based major entertainment firm Yoshimoto Kogyo Co. "Japan, by any standard, is a rich and safe country," he said. ...

National Mar 26, 2000

Development reaches the east

Today, it's free and takes only five minutes. But getting to the other side of JR Shinagawa Station was once no easy matter. Walk 30 minutes or more or buy a 130 yen JR entry ticket for the quick way out through the station -- ...

Commentary / World Mar 17, 2000

ADB sharpens focus on the poor

MANILA -- Economic growth is a must but not the end-all in eliminating poverty and the Asian Development Bank is now determined to get to the very heart of the problem, ADB President Tadao Chino says. "There is no doubt that economic growth can reduce ...

National Oct 14, 1999

Stores attempt to invent new holiday

Staff writer Mothers, fathers and children all have their days, and there is a day for respecting the elderly, covering grandfathers and grandmothers. So, why not a special day just for grandchildren? Well, starting this year, the third Sunday of October, roughly a month after Respect-for-the-Aged ...

General May 2, 1999

Seed money no problem at Flower Bank

MIYASHIRO, Saitama Pref. -- While many Japanese banks are struggling to overcome their tainted image, at least one is enjoying an increasingly favorable reputation. Indeed, it is free from almost all of the negative factors plaguing other banks. It hasn't suffered from a credit crunch ...

National Aug 28, 1998

Government must act faster on economic data: SEC chief

Staff writer The government must be able to act quickly based on real-time economic data to cope with mounting problems plaguing the nation's economy, said Hirotaro Higuchi, chairman of the Strategic Economic Council, a special advisory panel to Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi. Higuchi, chairman of Asahi ...

National Jun 30, 1998

Election Equation: Direct talk, bold action by Hashimoto urged

11th in a series Staff writer Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto must make the public feel more relaxed about spending, by explaining that Japan is still very strong but that the "Big Bang" reforms and other changes are needed, said Peter J. Woods, chairman of the Council ...

National Jun 29, 1998

Election Equation: Change may require 'gaiatsu,' ACCJ says

10th in a series Staff writer Japan needs a swift and drastic change to reconstruct its ailing economy, but the forthcoming Upper House election will unlikely bring about fundamental changes, said Glen S. Fukushima, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. Japan may need yet ...