Japan Inc. taking steps to get workers to sit less

National Sep 27, 2016

Japan Inc. taking steps to get workers to sit less

More and more Japanese companies are taking aim at sedentary working patterns, amid rising awareness of the health benefits of standing up and stretching. At the headquarters of e-commerce giant Rakuten Inc. in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward, employees have desks that allow them to work either ...

The changing face (and bodies) of fitness

Lifestyle Aug 4, 2016

The changing face (and bodies) of fitness

by Alisa Yamasaki

There has been a recent trend among Japanese comedians to go big — with their workouts. Toshiaki Kasuga, Nakayama Kinnikun and Yoshio Kojima all incorporate flexing into their routines, playing up macho stereotypes for laughs. However, Shun Kaneko isn't laughing. "On Japanese TV, when a ...