Political party says 'give medical pot a chance'

National / Politics Jul 8, 2016

Political party says 'give medical pot a chance'

Japan prides itself on having a low tolerance for guns and drugs, but a tiny political party has become the first to adopt an election pledge of scrapping the research ban on medical use of marijuana. Proponents say such use could ease cancer-related pain, prevent ...

New Renaissance Party head Masuzoe won't seek re-election

National / Politics Jun 8, 2013

New Renaissance Party head Masuzoe won't seek re-election

Yoichi Masuzoe, the leader of Shinto Kaikaku (New Renaissance Party) and a former health minister, said Friday he will "take responsibility" for failing to increase his party's standing and not run in the Upper House election next month. "Since forming a political party, I have ...

Reader Mail Nov 5, 2009

Not interested in feminine speech

Why should I strive to sound feminine in Japanese when I don't sound feminine in English? I'm not interested in using feminine speech to make myself sound more appealing to Japanese men. There's a difference between a speaker of Japanese making a mistake in ...