Ayako Mie of the Japan Times, Khaldon Ahzari of Pan Orient News and David McNeill of the Independent discuss what the April tax increase will mean to the public and the administration, question whether xenophobia is raising its head, offer their take on a journalist's dream of unlimited funds and share their favorite blossom viewing spots.
by Kazuaki Nagata in the Japan Times
The parents of Megumi Yokota, who was abducted by North Korean agents in 1977, expressed hope Monday that Tokyo will use Pyongyang's economic fragility as leverage when they met for high-level talks next week. Read the article in the Japan Times (http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/03/24/national/tokyo-must-use-economic-muscle-in-talks-with-north-yokotas-parents/#.UzDUY62SzuU)
by NHK World
The Ukrainian ambassador to Japan has reiterated that Sunday's referendum in Crimea was invalid. Ihor Kharchenko spoke at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo on Monday. Read the article (http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140317_46.html)
Surf & Turf
Please join us for some great Surf & Turf cuisine at the FCCJ's Sunday Brunch Buffet on April 27. In addition to our popular Surf & Turf dishes, we will also have our signature roast beef. For those of you with a birthday during the month of April, be sure to mention this...
Are you at a loss as to what to do over Golden Week? Let the Masukomi Sushi Bar come to the rescue! The Golden Week Course includes two appetizers, three kinds of sashimi, "yakimono," steamed custard, salad, five pieces of nigiri sushi and a piece of their famous tamago-yaki. And of cours...