Adventures in the city of neon

Tokyo is a nail-biting thriller for young adult readers. It begins with an ordinary English teenager living an ordinary teenage life. Suddenly, an unexpected event throws his life into confusion and the thrills begin.

Wednesday, 26 July, 2006, 12:00am

Would-be gigolos left red-faced

Thousand of embarrassed would-be gigolos who fell victim to a job offer scam have failed to file complaints with Japanese police, despite losing an estimated 300 million yen ($20 million) to the fraudsters.

More than 10,000 men replied to a job advertisement offering pay of 30,000 yen for a date with a 'quality woman' and 70,000 yen for spending the night with her.

13 Jul 2006 - 12:00am


What's going on around the globe

From the country that gave us karaoke, the Walkman and the pot noodle comes the next cultural phenomenon to trounce the planet - well, the cooler, urban middle-class parts of it anyway - Pecha Kucha.

25 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

It's not all about the money, says Bullish Luck's owner

Wong Wing-keung says the lure of first prize of 100 million yen ($6.9 million) and a bonus of US$1 million is of secondary importance at Tokyo racecourse this afternoon for his outstanding galloper Bullish Luck. There's a lot more at stake.

4 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Ageing disgracefully

They're angry, alienated - and taking their revenge on Japanese society. No, they're not street-corner hoods or petty criminals looking for a fight; instead, it is retirees who are behind Japan's present crime wave.

27 May 2006 - 12:00am

Lose yourself in thrilling Tokyo

It's been done a thousand times before, but that doesn't matter if it's done well. The plot device of someone going missing for no apparent reason has been the opening ploy of many first-rate thrillers, and we can confidently add Graham Marks' latest book Tokyo to the list.

21 May 2006 - 12:00am

Down the plughole

Once the heartbeat of every couple of blocks of every suburban community in Tokyo, the institution of the public bathhouse is slowly drying up.

20 May 2006 - 12:00am

Danacourt ruled out of Tokyo showpiece

Champions Mile runner-up Danacourt will miss the $14.8 million Yasuda Kinen in Tokyo on June 4 after being struck down with a foot abscess.

Trainer John Size detected the abscess in Danacourt's left front foot when the chestnut trotted up in front of him after trackwork on Thursday.

20 May 2006 - 12:00am

Lost & Found

Visitors in a new town turn to the guide books for the best bars to go to. But the hottest ones are those only a handful of people know about.

12 May 2006 - 12:00am

Tea is served, ma'am

Customers who step into the new Swallowtail cafe in Tokyo's Ikebukuro district quickly feel as if they're in a mansion of their dreams. At the door, a great-looking butler in tails intones deferentially: 'Welcome back home mademoiselle' - almost all the customers are women.

6 May 2006 - 12:00am

Fall in Tokyo office rental yields prompts funds to look elsewhere

Institutional investors are focusing on other Japanese cities and sectors that offer higher returns

Institutional investors are shifting their focus away from Tokyo's grade-A offices as rental yields fall behind the price appreciation of these properties, according to property consultants.

26 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

The dark side

Acurving, futuristic structure rises high above the flatlands 100km northeast of Tokyo - the Art Tower Mito. At its base lies the Contemporary Art Centre, known since its inception in 1990 for its uniquely thought-provoking exhibits. So it is not surprising that its current show impels viewers to deep thoughts about life and the nature of the world.

22 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Image conscious

Hong Kong-based photographer Wing Shya may be best known for his fashion and portrait work, but a new exhibition in Tokyo presents intriguing evidence to suggest his is a wide-ranging talent.

2 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Politics of peace

Toshiyuki Obora is an unlikely threat to society. Bespectacled and soft-spoken, the 47- year-old has spent much of his adult life working as a cook in a Tokyo school and preaching pacifism on his days off. In 2004, however, he was arrested by Japanese police, interrogated and held in detention for 75 days. 'I thought it would never end,' he said.

16 Mar 2006 - 12:00am


What's going on around the globe

12 Mar 2006 - 12:00am