Aussie envoy a student of Japan

Voices | OUR MAN IN TOKYO Jul 8, 2014

Aussie envoy a student of Japan

by Mami Maruko

Bruce Miller, Australia's ambassador to Japan since August 2011, has been interested in Japan since he was a boy of 11. At an early age, Miller said, his father, though an accountant who rarely traveled abroad, advised him to learn an Asian language instead of ...

National Apr 16, 2014

Fewer students going to Japanese schools in Shanghai

The number of elementary and junior high school students attending the two Japanese schools in Shanghai has dropped by 260 to 2,791 in the new academic year that started Monday, school authorities said. Local Japanese trade officials say the reduction was partly the result of ...

Group addresses growing old in U.K.

National Apr 15, 2014

Group addresses growing old in U.K.

by William Hollingworth

Aging throws up many challenges, but the problems can often be compounded if you choose to spend your final years thousands of miles away from your home country. This is the situation faced by a growing number of Japanese — often women who have married ...

Korean teen wins Japanese speech contest

National Nov 15, 2013

Korean teen wins Japanese speech contest

A South Korean high school student has won the top award in a Japanese-language speech contest in Okayama. Kim Nae-yong, 17, defeated 11 other foreign contestants Friday with a speech in which she expressed her desire to "act as a bridge between South Korea and ...

Crane breeding center crowded as birds age

National Nov 13, 2013

Crane breeding center crowded as birds age

The Okayama Prefectural Nature Conservation Center in the town of Wake, known for having the nation's largest population of Japanese cranes, has been wrestling with overcrowded breeding facilities as the birds age. Officials say that the unexpected longevity of the Japanese cranes, also known as ...

Apple offers Japanese e-book service

Business / Corporate Mar 7, 2013

Apple offers Japanese e-book service

Apple on Wednesday launched Japanese-language electronic books in Japan, a move likely to further intensify competition with online retailer Amazon.com Inc. E-books purchased via Apple's website iBookstore can be read on such devices as iPad tablet computers and iPhones. Users will be able to download ...