March 16, 2011, 5am PDT
In the coming days and years, Japan needs to address a host of issues related to earthquake recover and design, including damaged infrastructure, population and housing, energy, the economy and global impact.
February 10, 2011, 7am PST
In Japan, owners of vacant space can rent them out by the hour, day or week to people who need them for temporary purposes thanks to a new website.
December 21, 2010, 1pm PST
Women's safety on public transit is increasingly in focus worldwide. Many systems have turned to designating separate areas for women, but what happens after they get off?
November 20, 2010, 9am PST
Major developments have been popping up all over Japan's heavily urbanized cities. This piece from <em>The Diplomat</em> looks at what urban future lies ahead for Japan.
October 15, 2010, 12pm PDT
The city Yokohama could be Japan's next exportable good. officials there want it to be a low-emissions "smart" city -- a model they hope to be able to convince other cities to replicate.
September 14, 2010, 9am PDT
When the link between transit operators and real estate developers was severed in the early 20th century, transit became both unprofitable and unresponsive to market demand, and land value-lowering MTA cuts are just one example, says Stephen Smith.
August 21, 2010, 1pm PDT
New rules in Japan say that cyclists are liable for accidents between themselves and pedestrians, especially on the country's sidewalks.
August 2, 2010, 10am PDT
A population research group reports on two simultaneously occurring population trends in the world affecting developed and less developed nations: Working age adults have dropped precipitously, while poorer nations grow too fast.
The New York Times - World
June 3, 2010, 9am PDT
After backing down on a campaign promise to remove a U.S. military installation from the prefecture of Okinawa, Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has been forced to resign.
June 1, 2010, 9am PDT
Japan has announced plans to build a base on the moon by 2020. The base would be built and used by robots.
May 19, 2010, 10am PDT
For decades, Indian political leaders turned their attention towards the rural population. Today, a new focus on urbanization is attracting Japanese partners to develop "eco-towns" along a rail line.
May 17, 2010, 11am PDT
The line may only be 12 miles, but the train speeds at 312 mph. The Secretary of Transportation was in Japan as part of the effort to bring high speed rail to the U.S. though it's not clear whether he is in fact considering the maglev technology.
The New York Times - Global Business
May 12, 2010, 9am PDT
Microsoft uses GPS data collected from your trips to predict where you're going and give you advice on how to get there more efficiently.
May 8, 2010, 1pm PDT
Japan is struggling to lure tourists, which is causing officials there to rethink how they market their cities and what sorts of attractions they should be offering.
April 8, 2010, 2pm PDT
Artist and student of architecture Azby Brown has spent 25 years in Japan, and today sees a number of design principles that drive the Japanese way of building and living that can be used by designers.
January 25, 2010, 10am PST
The recent election of a new mayor in a small town on the Japanese island of Okinawa has severely threatened plans to build a new U.S. military base in the town.
January 4, 2010, 7am PST
While the U.S. has its infamous Single Room Occupancy hotels, Tokyo has its "capsule" hotels - making SROs appear downright spacious by comparison. This article and accompanying slide show looks at life for one resident of Capsule Hotel Shinjuku 510.
The New York Times - Global Business
December 31, 2009, 11am PST
Sharing apartments as roommates is a foreign concept in Japan- single people have traditionally preferred their own tiny living quarters. A new glut of large, fancy apartments has created a new market for roomies.
October 21, 2009, 12pm PDT
Japan is running out of places to store the remains of its dead, so what better place than in the city, near transit stations in high-tech, high-rise facilities?
October 19, 2009, 11am PDT
Japan wants to end its spending on wasteful construction projects, which are the cause of the country's massive debt. But for one small town on the verge of losing a dam, the "wasteful" project is the center of the local economy.