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Konami staffer's victory not a game-changer

Apr 29, 2012

Konami staffer's victory not a game-changer

by Tomoko Otake

There is no shortage of laws in Japan stating that working women should be given the same employment protection and rights as their male counterparts. For a start, there is the Constitution, which declares everyone to be equal under the law regardless of gender. And ...

U.S. forces keep the world in their sights

Film Apr 15, 2012

U.S. forces keep the world in their sights

by Tomoko Otake

Complex issues often become much easier to understand when they are approached with the benefit of a broader perspective. A new documentary film on U.S. military bases worldwide is a perfect example of this, as its global perspective helps shed particular light on the conflicted ...

Film mines rich seams of history

National / History Aug 14, 2011

Film mines rich seams of history

by Tai Kawabata

Hiroko Kumagai will never forget the day in 1998 when she first stepped inside the red-brick building at the entrance to the closed and shuttered Miyahara shaft in the Miike coal mine in Omuta, Fukuoka Prefecture. "I felt I heard the voices of people working ...

Music May 22, 2011

Collector's 'labor of love' is a wonder to behold

by Andrew Kershaw

From the outside it's just another concrete building rising up nine or 10 stories on a downtown Tokyo street. Inside, it's no more impressive — until Shinichiro Tatsumi opens the well-secured door to his own, private Bob Dylan heaven. What confronts the visitor, Dylan fan ...

National May 15, 2011

Utility and opponents lock horns over planned N-plant

by Eriko Arita

With the May 10 announcement by Prime Minister Naoto Kan of a fundamental review of nuclear power generation in Japan, the fate of 14 planned new reactors was necessarily thrown into doubt. However, neither ongoing events in Fukushima, nor news of the review, have ...

National May 15, 2011

Author's fiction turns horribly real

by Tomoko Otake

The Pacific Ocean a few kilometers off the coast of a city in the Tokai region of central Honshu turns white. Hundreds of curious holidaymakers caught in a traffic jam on the seaside road get out of their cars and jump up onto the ...

Disaster analysis you may not hear elsewhere

National Mar 20, 2011

Disaster analysis you may not hear elsewhere

by Eriko Arita

The seemingly limited information being provided by both the government and the operating company, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), about the ongoing disaster at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is a source of widespread public concern. However, a nonprofit organization focused on nuclear ...