Blood, beatings and the cage: the bouncer

Community | THE ZEIT GIST May 1, 2012

Blood, beatings and the cage: the bouncer

Before The Japan Times was invited inside Nagoya's iD Cafe to speak to Thomas, the nightclub's security manager, we stopped to chat to a uniformed policeman near the club. He told us there were as many as 50 fights in a nearby park on ...

Justice sought after allergy trauma

Issues | THE ZEIT GIST Nov 16, 2010

Justice sought after allergy trauma

One day in May, 7-year-old Kaiya Lucente was cleaning her classroom after lunch when she began coughing, her face puffed up and she found it difficult to breathe. Her eyes turned red, and scarlet blotches started to appear on her face. She had had ...

Japanese facility aimed at creating a sun on Earth

Digital | TECHNOLOGY Sep 29, 2010

Japanese facility aimed at creating a sun on Earth

Outside a small town in Gifu Prefecture is a little-known scientific research establishment engaged in a project to "create a sun on the Earth." If successful, this venture will profoundly affect the lives of most people in the world. The National Institute for Fusion Science ...

Kiwi won't chicken out on farming in Japan

Community May 29, 2010

Kiwi won't chicken out on farming in Japan

"Red eggs," says Andrew Hitchings, using the Japanese term for brown eggs, "are better quality than white." Hitchings, a 46-year-old New Zealander who helps run a chicken farm in Gifu Prefecture, says the secret lies in the formula of the farm's chicken feed. Exactly how ...

Patience a virtue in miso making

Community Apr 3, 2010

Patience a virtue in miso making

If miso is part of your daily routine, "you're having a decent life," says Tony Flenley, Japan's only British miso maker. Flenley, who runs a 105-year-old miso company in Osaka, believes the time taken to prepare and eat the soup shows the right priorities ...