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Tohoku car sector sees signs of growth

Mar 8, 2012

Tohoku car sector sees signs of growth

For Matsushita Toso, a small auto surface treatment company in Tome, Miyagi Prefecture, the shiny black metal parts hanging at its newly introduced line are a sign of the auto industry's growth and recovery from the March 11 disasters. The company, with less than 60 ...

Jan 5, 2012

Ghosn expects growth in '12 but urges more work on yen

Nissan Motor Co. President Carlos Ghosn expects Japan to grow in 2012 on recovery from last year's devastating tsunami, although he cautioned that curbing the yen's strength is crucial since it is already resulting in job losses and a hollowing out of industries. "In 2012, ...

Bunnies bounce in Year of Rabbit

Jan 1, 2011

Bunnies bounce in Year of Rabbit

A sunny weekend in Yokohama finds a small room packed with young visitors eager to get to the dozen metal cages lined up on a shelf. "Look, it's getting all cozy and drowsy," said a young woman to her husband as they sat on a ...

Aug 4, 2010

Antiwar director, 98, still carries message

While it's not uncommon for film directors to work into their senior years, not many have managed to maintain the will and physical strength to continue to age 98. But Kaneto Shindo is driven by his strong opposition to war and nuclear weapons, and the ...

Mar 9, 2010

Aum victim keeps memory alive via film

Shizue Takahashi is painfully aware that for many people, 15 years is long enough for memories to fade and for a generation to grow up with little knowledge of the trauma she and thousands of others suffered in 1995. It was in March that year ...

Feb 27, 2010

A perfect place for fostering peace

The atomic bombing of Hiroshima 65 years ago has been told from one generation to another in numerous ways, but Academy Award-winning film director and producer Malcolm Clarke is attempting a different approach. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, which portrays the tragic scene, and its ...

Jan 17, 2010

Kobe archivist stops memories of '95 quake fading

KOBE — Forgetting the massive earthquake 15 years ago that devastated Kobe and its vicinity would be hard for those who lived through it, but keeping memories alive and sharing them with others can be equally difficult. The city appears to have returned to normal, ...

Jan 14, 2010

Still loud, clear 15 years on

KOBE — The Radio FM YY studio looks like a miniature version of Kobe and the city's more than 43,000 foreign nationals from about 120 countries. "So, how do people in Latin America spend their holidays?" asks a DJ in Spanish in one recording booth, ...

Dec 31, 2009

All for the love of wearing kimono

in position. Others had sewn a Christmas-themed cloth together and made it into an obi or painted a snowman on a kimono jacket to suit the season. "You don't have to pay millions to enjoy kimono," said Kyoya, pointing out another female participant, who jokingly ...

Ex-gov. Tanaka challenges a New Komeito stronghold

Aug 17, 2009

Ex-gov. Tanaka challenges a New Komeito stronghold

AMAGASAKI — While the Japanese public's attention is intensely fixed on which party takes the lower house in the upcoming election, the race had seemed more like a done deal to voters in an industrial city in western Japan. The Hyogo city of Amagasaki, halfway ...