National Jul 18, 2014

Aichi politician reprimanded for 'punctured condoms' population proposal

A member of the Shinshiro Municipal Assembly in Aichi Prefecture proposed distributing "punctured condoms" to married residents to bolster the city's dwindling population, the legislature's secretariat said Friday. Independent Assemblyman Tomonaga Osada was verbally reprimanded Wednesday for the controversial proposal last month and told his ...

National Apr 20, 2014

Aichi revamps scholarships for Asian students

The Aichi Prefectural Government is offering scholarships to students from 22 Asian countries to study at graduate schools there on condition that they agree to work for local companies after graduation. The scholarships cover tuition and ¥150,000 in living expenses for a six-month period before ...

National / Crime & Legal Dec 10, 2013

Japanese politician arrested in China for drug possession

Police in Guangdong province, China, have formally arrested a 70-year-old municipal assembly member from Aichi Prefecture for allegedly possessing illegal drugs, local officials said Monday. Takuma Sakuragi, a member of the Inazawa Municipal Assembly, was taken into custody at Guangzhou's Baiyun International Airport on Oct. ...

Travel May 5, 2001

Aichi's Meiji Mura: Remnants of the Meiji Era

by Michael Mcdonagh

Japan takes enormous pride in its culture but has a poor record on its preservation. This is particularly true of the Meiji Era (1868-1912), perhaps the most dynamic period in the country's history, when Japan emerged from more than 200 years of self-imposed isolation ...