Tokyo's Indians in 'home from home'

Apr 22, 2007

Tokyo's Indians in 'home from home'

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Hari Hara Krishnan knew no one when he arrived in Tokyo in 1997. But thanks to him, fellow Indians have brought a flourishing flavor of home to the government housing project where he lives in the city's Edogawa Ward. "The objective in coming to ...

Indian schools make a mark

Apr 22, 2007

Indian schools make a mark

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Every day at the Global Indian International School (GIIS) in Tokyo's Edogawa Ward starts with yoga. All the students -- from kindergarteners to 14-year-old ninth-graders -- have a 20-minute session in their classrooms. The focus is on breathing, which it's thought helps them to ...

Mutual benefits as East meets East

Apr 22, 2007

Mutual benefits as East meets East

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Prior to the 1990s, most people in Japan probably knew little more about India than it was the home of curry, snake-charmers and the Taj Mahal. Nowadays, though, it's as if the two countries are moving ever-closer together -- and not just because there are ...

Train fan's dream buy is derailed online

| Apr 15, 2007

Train fan's dream buy is derailed online

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Internet-auction sites allow people to sell and buy, at the click of a mouse or with a push on a cellphone button, almost anything from brand bags to resort condominiums to moldy Imperial Japanese Army uniforms. And, according to a 2005 report by Nomura ...

Women flock to join 'college of change'

| Apr 15, 2007

Women flock to join 'college of change'

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Saturday, March 31, was the final day of school for 47 graduates of the interestingly named I'M Personal College in Tokyo. After the graduation ceremony in the morning, they had a party with around 60 invited guests in a Roppongi club, where they danced, ...

Japan's way of judicial killing

Apr 8, 2007

Japan's way of judicial killing

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Japan's application of the death penalty is cruel, secretive and out of step with much of the developed world, say its opponents. As a record 102 inmates now wait on death row for the hangman's noose, in this JT review of the capital-punishment system, ...

'Rebel' cartoonist Rieko Saibara

Apr 1, 2007

"Rebel" cartoonist Rieko Saibara

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Rieko Saibara is a catoonist known for her work that has both a lyrical and "rebellious" side to it. While regarded as a rebel in the cartoonist world, at times shocking her readers with indecent expressions, she also brings them to tears by her ...

Drawing on experience

Apr 1, 2007

Drawing on experience

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Cartoonists in Japan are as abundant as the cherry blossoms at this time of year -- but Rieko Saibara is probably the only one who has both a lyrical and rebellious side to her work -- along with an astonishing power and what has ...