Editorials Jul 4, 2015

Japan's troubling lack of romance

The recent survey showing that a large minority of young Japanese aren't interested in romantic relationships has troubling implications for the already low birthrate.

Chiba city asks dates to 'register' their love

National Mar 12, 2014

Chiba city asks dates to 'register' their love

by Magdalena Osumi

Under a campaign to promote the city as a comfortable environment for young couples, the city of Nagareyama, Chiba Prefecture, has been offering residents an opportunity to officially declare their love by submitting "koi-todoke" (love registration) forms. "This kind of project encouraging young people to ...

Music / CD Reviews Nov 19, 2013

Arashi "Love"

by Patrick ST. Michel

At the time of writing this review, Arashi's "Love" has been bought more than any other Japanese album this year. Barring a sudden full-length LP from AKB48 or a cash-in compilation from Mr. Children, the group's 12th CD should end 2013 in the same ...

Perfect match: Miyakon help singles connect

Lifestyle Nov 9, 2013

Perfect match: Miyakon help singles connect

by Jun Hongo

Despite being located almost a stone's throw from the historic town of Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture and establishing itself as the gyōza capital of Japan, Utsunomiya was languishing in the economic doldrums for the much of the early 2000s. Nearly a decade later, the situation ...