Simeon Bukacek

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Nagoya: What do you think about the April sales tax increase and how will it affect you?

Denizens of the Chubu capital offer their tuppence-worth on the impending 3-percent consumption tax hike to 8 percent from the start of the fiscal …

Making sense of cultural nonsense

Life’s a mere distraction before death, an “unbearable lightness of being” to quote Milan Kundera. Art is part of this distraction, viewing the …

Japanese internment set for short shrift in class

The 70th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Korematsu v. United States is a propitious time to consider how American high school history …

Transparent interrogations

Discussions by the Legislative Council on electronic recording of interrogations of suspects in criminal cases have dragged on for 2½ years without a …

Feed desire with our seductive Valentine's pairings

When I was a student at the University of California at Berkeley, I taught a class called Female Sexuality with some of my fellow schoolmates (yes, …

Lawyer challenges secrets law

A lawyer filed a lawsuit Thursday against the government, seeking a court ruling that the recently enacted state secrets law, which imposes stricter …

Japan gets in the mood for love this Valentine's Day

Love is all around at this time of year, but on Valentine’s Day in Japan it isn’t so evenly distributed. The festival of romance has long suffered …

Bill designed to assist part-timers readied

The Abe administration on Friday approved a bill that would revise the labor law to hopefully improve conditions for part-time workers and plans to …

Drift rightward has been building for years

Fashion model Junko Amo made headlines on Aug. 15, 2002, when she initiated a visit to controversial Yasukuni Shrine with a group of some 180 people …

Chubu Electric applies to restart risk-laden Hamaoka nuclear plant

Chubu Electric Power Co. on Friday applied for a safety assessment for one of the three reactors at its Hamaoka nuclear plant in Shizuoka Prefecture …

Is it better to win Olympic bronze than silver?

Imagine that for most of your life, you have been preparing for the Olympics. You are intensely competitive, and you badly want to win. But you know …

Storied family-run toy shop 'sells dreams' to Tokyo tourists

“Continuing a small toy shop for five generations is a kind of miracle,” says Masaki Terao, 58, proprietor and purse-string holder at Toys Terao, …

Only 10% eyed for welfare

The April consumption tax hike to 8 percent is expected to bring in an additional ¥5 trillion in tax revenue in fiscal 2014, but the government can …

Foreign culinary students can stay longer after graduation

The government will let foreign students at culinary schools stay in Japan for two years after graduation if they take up apprenticeships at …