Yusuke Kumamoto

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National Feb 26, 2010

Youths driving demand for mobile phone videos

Cell phone videos are growing in popularity, especially among young people enthralled with the convenience of being able to indulge in a moment of spontaneous fun. Driving the medium's appeal are improvements in throughput and screen size, as well as unique software that service providers ...

National Sep 26, 2008

Stores defend 24-hour operations

Convenience stores are promoting themselves as a vital community presence amid moves by some local government officials to curb their midnight operations to help combat global warming. While such restrictions are meant to be voluntary, the Japan Franchise Association says convenience stores that stay open ...

Patissiers' glamorous image growing

National May 26, 2007

Patissiers' glamorous image growing

The number of people becoming patissiers is growing as media coverage and the growing number of international awards gives the profession a glamorous image. The patissier boom began about 10 years ago. "Since the latter half of the 1990s, the French word 'patissier' has been used ...

Kamikaze not forgotten in Kanoya

National Aug 11, 2006

Kamikaze not forgotten in Kanoya

The U.S. military's plan to move its aerial tanker training to the Maritime Self-Defense Force's Kanoya base in Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture, is a sensitive issue for some residents because the city is where many kamikaze pilots took their final flights during World War II. Kanoya ...

Experiment in works to beam broadband to remote islands

National Jan 3, 2006

Experiment in works to beam broadband to remote islands

KAGOSHIMA (Kyodo) The government is experimenting with a superhigh-frequency radio system in Kagoshima Prefecture to provide broadband Internet communications to a group of remote islands, making information, as well as movies and music, available to the residents. The experiment by the Internal Affairs and Communications ...