Finding thrills on plum blossom hill

Travel | BACKSTREET STORIES Feb 21, 2015

Finding thrills on plum blossom hill

by Kit Nagamura

February is a tricky month for venturing out in Tokyo. Daylight hours lengthen and the light softens slightly, but the weather itself seems controlled by a sadist at the thermostat. Blissfully warm one moment and freezing the next, it's 50 shades of uncertainty. Nonetheless, in the ...

Commentary / World Sep 5, 2011

Japan in a European club?

by Kevin Rafferty

Hitherto unknown and self-styled "loach" Yoshihiko Noda must learn to swim in an ocean of problems as Japan's new prime minister of the year. He has more than a plateful of domestic issues, but he should also realize, as his predecessors forgot, that Japan ...