Sachiko Hirao

For Sachiko Hirao's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

National Jul 4, 2003

Ueno music project to start in 2005 and feature Ozawa

An annual music program featuring renowned conductor Seiji Ozawa as artistic director will start in March 2005 as part of efforts to make Tokyo a major global center of the arts. Ozawa and Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara jointly announced Thursday that the program, Tokyo Opera ...

Ex-NPA officer named new Tokyo security chief

National Jun 25, 2003

Ex-NPA officer named new Tokyo security chief

Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara on Tuesday took a step toward cracking down on crime, formally appointing former National Police Agency officer Yutaka Takehana as vice governor in charge of security. The move was approved earlier in the day by the metropolitan assembly. The legislature's green light ...

National Jun 19, 2003

Tokyo firms pay 2.2 billion yen to reimburse unpaid overtime

Sixty-six companies based in Tokyo paid their employees 2.27 billion yen in unpaid overtime between October and March after the Tokyo Labor Bureau instructed them to stop withholding the pay, officials said Wednesday. The bureau officials said the results for the six-month period were a ...

National Jun 19, 2003

Tokyo firms pay 2.2 billion yen to reimburse unpaid overtime

Sixty-six companies based in Tokyo paid their employees 2.27 billion yen in unpaid overtime between October and March after the Tokyo Labor Bureau instructed them to stop withholding the pay, officials said Wednesday. The bureau officials said the results for the six-month period were a ...

National Jun 19, 2003

Tokyo firms pay 2.2 billion yen to reimburse unpaid overtime

Sixty-six companies based in Tokyo paid their employees 2.27 billion yen in unpaid overtime between October and March after the Tokyo Labor Bureau instructed them to stop withholding the pay, officials said Wednesday. The bureau officials said the results for the six-month period were a ...

National Jun 14, 2003

Ishihara joins Inamine in drive to amend SOFA

The governors of Tokyo and Okinawa Prefecture agreed Friday to push for an amendment to the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement to reduce the burden shouldered by local communities hosting U.S. military bases. During a 10-minute meeting in Tokyo, Okinawa Gov. Keiichi Inamine asked Tokyo ...

Closed schools finding new leases on life

National Jun 13, 2003

Closed schools finding new leases on life

With schools closing left and right amid the nation's declining birthrate, necessity is forcing cash-strapped local governments to come up with creative ways to reuse such facilities, many of which are aging. Take for example Mikawadai Junior High School in Tokyo's Minato Ward. Its students ...

Business Jun 7, 2003

Tokyo, Osaka chiefs push for tax powers

The governors of Tokyo and Osaka demanded Friday that the central government hand some of its tax-raising powers over to local governments in light of its plans to slash fiscal assistance for local authorities. Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara and Osaka Gov. Fusae Ohta issued the ...

Jury out on new bank's prospects

Business May 24, 2003

Jury out on new bank's prospects

A new bank proposed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government appears to be good news for struggling smaller companies. But some pundits are cautious about the new public bank's prospects, citing the difficulty of finding good borrowers amid the economic gloom. On Friday, Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara ...

Safe cleaning products win praise

National Apr 16, 2003

Safe cleaning products win praise

Concerned over the potentially dangerous chemicals present in commercial cleaning products, a growing number of women are turning to a book of DIY recipes based on simple and safe household ingredients. Baking soda, vinegar and soap are being touted as alternatives to mainstays such as ...