Tourists, development threatening rare wildcat

Here's a story by Norimitsu Onishi in the New York Times that proves development of any size can have wide-reaching consequences. An increase in residents and an influx of tourists is changing the untamed landscape...

Ramen Girl, Mochi making and The Karate Kid

Film star Jackie Chan may play the role made famous by Pat Morita in the upcoming remake of The Karate Kid. The Ramen Girl, starring Brittany Murphy, gets ready for its release. Mochi-making lives on in...

Chinese gyoza causing problems in Japan

Some tainted meats are causing a big commotion in Japan. The New York Times writes that nearly two hundred people have claimed to be ill after eating frozen foods from China, particularly gyoza....

Japanese mushroom helps cancer, diabetes research

Professor Albert Heck from Utrecht University in the Netherlands has discovered that the enzyme from the Japanese mushroom Grifola frondosa can help the study of diseases such as cancer and diabetes. This article in Science...

Tuesday bullets

The question that American automakers desperately want answered: Can they top their Japanese competition? An interesting movie premise: Earthquakes suck every country under the ocean . . . except Japan. A former prisoner in a...

Poetry boxing and the art of the verbal jab

It's no secret that technology has grown exponentially over the past decade. But has human interaction suffered because of that growth? There are some in Japan who say yes. A decade ago, as a response...

Osamu Tezuka, “Father of Anime,” to be honored at film festival

If you are familiar with anime, there's a good chance you know the name Osamu Tezuka. If you aren't, well, you probably have no idea who that is. For those unfamiliar with the auteur, he...

Zenjoki Temple vandalized in wake of Olympic boycott

Last Friday, we featured a story on the Zenkoji Temple's boycott of the Olympic flame. After letting Olympic officials know their decision, the temple received 200 calls in two days. And while most of...

Tohoku University Hospital Fundraiser

Tohoku University Hospital in Sendai, Japan is the beneficiary of a fundraiser titled “With Aloha” on April 9 (Saturday evening from 5-9 p.m.) at the Pagoda Hotel in the Ala Moana area. Pagoda Restaurant...

MLB season kicks off in Japan

Ahh, springtime. Love is supposedly in the air, but more importantly, so is baseball. The Major League Baseball season kicked off today in Japan, with a match-up between the defending World Series champion Boston Red...

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