Naomi Gingold has lived and worked across Asia and the US. Her reporting covers a wide range of areas but specialties include: technology, international affair/politics, health, and the arts. She also has a background in music production and will be always on the lookout for the perfect bridge to play Pooh Sticks.
Japanese women who aspire to both a career and a family have long considered their best options to be leaving the country, working at a startup or finding work at an international company in Japan. But even then, it can come down to who your manager is.
Japanese divemaster Ryohei Tokumasu lost friends and almost all his possessions in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. He's spent the past four years trying to help others recover what's important to them.
In ancient times, it's said that brewing sake was a women's craft. But for the past few hundred years women have been forbidden from brewing. That's changing in big ways.
In April, Shibuya became the first area in Tokyo — and all of Japan — to recognize same-sex marriage. But attitudes on LGBT rights are just starting to change in Japan and one startup is trying to push that conversation forward.
When you think of farming, what typically comes to mind is rolling pastures and open skies. But in Tokyo, you can think subway tracks and grow lights. The transit authority has opened a farm.
The Japanese economy saw its heyday back in the 1980s. Since then, businesses have been slow to innovate. And the population is aging and declining. The tech startup scene was bleak, until recently. Here's one community that's been generating some noise, just a bit under the radar.
In Japan, it's not uncommon for people to celebrate Buddhist, Shinto and Christian holidays over the course of just a few months. These people are causing scholars to rethink what it means to be religious.
If you're an American used to hearing Auld Lang Syne only on New Year’s Eve, you might wonder why stores across Japan use the song to signal closing time. The reason is not as strange as you might think.
"When you get married, will you continue to work?" That's still a question female college students ask one another in Japan. Despite government efforts to get more women in the workplace in Japan, a discouraging campus culture pervades top universities, some students say.
After years of fighting pervasive stereotypes, John Cho is part of a growing group of Asian American actors getting leading roles. But it’s still a slow rise.