Japan

The Man Who Gave Us Donkey Kong and the Mario Bros.

Posted on 09/19/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyStrange as it may seem, there was a time, back in the years just after World War II, when present-day video game giant Nintendo was a small family-owned company whose main product was a card game called hanafuda, a favorite pastime of Japanese gangsters. Hiroshi Yamauchi, who died in Japan on Sept. 19 at age 85, changed all that. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Nintendo scion redirected the company into the then-nascent world of electronic entertainment. He …

Would You Put Bird Poop on Your Face to Look Younger?

Posted on 08/2/2013 by | General News | Comments

Beauty & Fashion | Bulletin TodayBy Verena Dobnik of The Associated Press Bird poop for beauty? That’s what goes into facials at a luxury spa where the traditional Japanese treatment using imported Asian nightingale excrement mixed with rice bran goes for $180 a pop. About 100 women and men go into the Shizuka New York skin care salon, just off Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, each month to get the treatment, which is promoted as a way to keep the face soft and smooth using an enzyme …

10 Surprising Things About (Ambassador?) Caroline Kennedy

Posted on 07/25/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin TodayYou probably know that President Obama has nominated Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, to be ambassador to Japan. But here are 10 things you may not know about the 55-year-old scion of America’s best-known political dynasty: She’s named after her aunt, Caroline Lee Bouvier, a.k.a. Lee Radziwill. Ethnically, she is three-fourths Irish and one-fourth French. While her father was president, her Secret Service code name was Lyric. At the White House, …

The Takeaway: Japan’s Seniors; AIDS at 30

Posted on 06/1/2011 by | The Takeaway | Comments

Bulletin TodayJapanese Seniors Volunteer to Work in Nuclear Zone Damaged by Earthquake: “They look like the planning committee for a neighborhood senior breakfast, not the leaders of a 250-member team attempting to defuse one of the worst nuclear meltdowns in history.”

The Takeaway: For Your Consideration

Posted on 03/26/2011 by | The Takeaway | Comments

Bulletin TodayThe death of screen legend Elizabeth Taylor was huge news last week. By this point you’ve read obits, appreciations and remembrances from every major news outlet. As much as you love her, you might be, as one colleague put it, “All Taylored-out.” But allow us to offer one more Taylor appreciation. It offers a rare look inside the life of what some call “The Last Movie Star.” Others You May Have Missed The world of politics lost a pioneer in …

AARP Provides Relief To Seniors In Japan

Posted on 03/24/2011 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringOf the millions affected by the earthquake and tsunami, that hit Japan nearly two weeks ago, its seniors were the worst hit. A large number of seniors live in the region where the earthquake and tsunami struck hardest. Many older people had homes in the towns most affected, and now are left with nothing besides what they were able to narrowly escape carrying. Japanese officials are providing emergency resources and support to those affected by the disaster. But for Japan’s seniors, …