National Sep 20, 1999

Fashion followers scoff at danger of super-high soles

Staff writer In late August, a 25-year-old nursery school employee was found dead in her car in Isehara, Kanagawa Prefecture, with a fractured skull. Investigators found the suspected culprit in the car alongside her body -- a pair of sandals with 10-cm high cork soles purchased ...

National Aug 18, 1999

Prof gives shtick a shot to loosen up academia stodge

Staff writer In a crusade to liberate the world of academia from the ivory tower, Akihiko Sasaki, a Kyushu college professor, decided he'd try the powers of standup comedy. Sasaki, 53, a cultural economics professor at Kyushu Kyoritsu University in Kitakyushu, paired up with his master ...

National Jul 1, 1999

Palau proposes capital city ties

Staff writer President Kuniwo Nakamura of the Republic of Palau, in Japan for a one-week visit, hopes Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara will respond positively to his recent proposal that Tokyo and Palau's capital, Koror, enter sister-city relations. "Koror was called 'New Tokyo' (during the Japanese occupation) ...

National Apr 29, 1999

Translation school moving onto the Net

Staff writer The new campus of the Babel University Professional School of Translation is no different from regular college campuses in its offerings and facilities; it has classrooms, professors' offices, a library, counseling room, campus bookstore and student lounge. The one difference is that they all ...

National Apr 28, 1999

Digital coding tech pioneer to receive Japan Prize

Staff writer When W. Wesley Peterson's "Error-Correcting Codes" was published in 1961, he didn't expect it to have much of an impact. "It was so technical that I thought a thousand copies would probably be sold to libraries and a few individuals," said the 75-year-old University ...