Tag - europe



Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 16, 2014
Nissan chief sees 'bright spots' for sales, higher demand from Europe
Global carmakers will face rising demand this year as sales in China and the U.S. expand and Europe starts to grow again, Nissan Motor Co. Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn said.
Mar 10, 2014
Suspected Russian spyware targets Europe, United States
A sophisticated piece of spyware has been quietly infecting hundreds of government computers across Europe and the United States in one of the most complex cyberespionage programs uncovered to date.
Feb 14, 2014
Swiss voters send EU a message on immigration
Conventional debate in Europe has interpreted increased anti-immigrant sentiment as the result of xenophobia, racism and a new sympathy for the authoritarian far right. Analysis does not bear this out in the case of Switzerland and its narrow majority vote against 'massive immigration.'
Jan 24, 2014
The enigma of European defense
What accounts for European citizens' support for the establishment of a common security and defense policy when most European leaders have demonstrated a clear lack of interest in creating one
Japan Times
Jan 5, 2014
The outbreak of the Great War: 100 years on
On New Year's Day 1914, a respected weekly literary publication carried a long article penned by an author referred to only as A Rifleman. Entitled "Letters on War" and published in The New Age, an influential radical magazine in Britain, the three-page piece argued forcefully in favor of military conflict.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 5, 2014
Wolf numbers surge across Europe
A twig snaps, a crow calls, but nothing moves in the dense pine forests of Spain's Guadarrama mountains. Vultures and eagles soar over the snowcapped peaks and wild boars roam the valleys below, as they have for centuries. But for the farmers who work this land, a threatening and worrying comeback is taking place in this timeless landscape, home to Spain's newest national park.
Japan Times
Dec 30, 2013
Once Tories' answer to EU fears, enlargement is now their problem
With the U.K. Independence Party breathing down the Tories' necks, EU enlargement is no longer the British government's answer in Europe, but its No. 1 problem.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Dec 29, 2013
British fears of migrant influx mirrored in Sofia
There are no anti-immigrant militia forces roaming the streets of Britain, but Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev sees clear parallels with the U.K. — indeed, in states across Europe — and he is deeply worried.
Japan Times
WORLD / Society
Dec 29, 2013
Britons ready to welcome arrivals from Bulgaria, Romania, with caveats
Romanians and Bulgarians coming to the U.K. on New Year's Day will be welcomed by more than two-thirds of Britons if they integrate and work hard, a new poll suggests ahead of restrictions on them being lifted.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 22, 2013
Toyota pins European profits on hybrid strengths
Toyota Motor Corp., the world's biggest carmaker, is targeting sales and profitability gains in Europe and Russia next year on the strength of its increasingly popular hybrid models.
Dec 14, 2013
Leaders from outside box could ignite Japan
On Nov. 30, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company shocked Japan Inc. by announcing that it plans to appoint Frenchman Christophe Weber as its next president by June 2014. Until then, Japanese companies with foreigners in the top spot had fallen into two categories: those that promote foreigners who have performed well in-house, and those owned by foreign capital or with a large foreign shareholder.
Japan Times
Oct 25, 2013
Entrepreneur touts power to the people as cure for Czech ills
Tomio Okamura — whose mother is Czech and whose father hails from Niigata Prefecture — ranks as the third-most-popular politician in the country. That's hardly surprising, though, given his near-omnipresence in Czech life.
Oct 25, 2013
Foreign services told that Snowden has files on cooperation with U.S.
U.S. officials are alerting some foreign intelligence services that documents detailing their secret cooperation with the United States have been obtained by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, according to government officials.
Oct 19, 2013
Crossing the Mediterranean 'cemetery'
Italians don't want the economic and political migrants crossing the 'Mediterranean cemetery' in flimsy boats to drown, but they don't want them to stay in Italy either.
Japan Times
Oct 8, 2013
Subs the new luxury item at Monaco
Graham Hawkes, inventor of the "underwater plane," made his debut at the Monaco Yacht Show last month in a bid to entice billionaire boat owners to take the plunge.
Oct 2, 2013
European voters wise to back austerity
Contrary to what most of the loud media commentary would have us believe, financial 'austerity' or fiscal responsibility appears popular. Angela Merkel's success is proof.
Oct 2, 2013
Success eludes Putin on some foreign policy fronts
lthough Russian President Vladimir Putin has had some success strengthening Moscow's position in the Middle East, the 'near abroad' area to Russia's west is not marching in step.
Sep 1, 2013
Voices from the scarlet calamity of World War II
World War II's reverberations will roll down the centuries in its geopolitical consequences, and in the literature it elicited in letters and in histories like Rick Atkinson's trilogy on the liberation of Western Europe.
Aug 21, 2013
Capitalism is destroying southern European life
The popular civilizations of Greece, France, Spain and Portugal appear endangered, because of a pincer movement by tourism and the north's economic doctrines.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Aug 20, 2013
Frugal German election contrasts sharply with U.S.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's calendar this past week looked like this: unpack from an Italian vacation, catch up with advisers and kick off a campaign with a small-town rally for an election that will be held in just five weeks.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on