February 2004 Issue

On the cover: Tim Blackman, father of an abducted hostess Lucille Blackman, stands before the coastal cave in which her remains were found.

Photograph by Leo Lewis.

"Roppongi has become an even more dangerous place for a hostess than it was two years ago." -- Red Light Reckoning

February 2004
No. 52

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February 2004 Issue


  From The Editors
There is no point.
  Not Quite Your Last Supper
Our generous glimpse at a Japan you only thought you knew.
  Whither the Water?
A UN forum in Kobe highlights the rising risks to a precious resource.
  Socially Responsible Investment Pays in Japan
Money master Darrel Whitten on the latest investment boom in Japan.
  Patient Profits
Investing in the future of health care.
  An Alchemy of Surfaces: The Shifting Exteriors of Japanese Cities
Urban Japan's architecture caters to industry and the imagination.
  Ringo Bites the Big Apple
It's Japan meets Sweden in the newest venture from Manhattan's superstar chef, Mark Samuelsson.
  These Bots Were Made for Walking
Honda's bold new bots are headed into your home.
  The Pulse 2
Technology and Finance News.
  The Pulse 1
-- Talkin' Tankan -- Japan's Year-End Surprises.
-- Loan Woes
  To the Editor
Into Iraq.
The Editor's page.


  $80 Billion and Nowhere to Go
Launched last year, the Industrial Revitalization Corporation of Japan (IRCJ), a government-sponsored corporate savior, is still on the sidelines. John Dodd shows us why and seeks answers from the agency's embattled president.
  Redlight Reckoning
The killing and brutal dismemberment of a young English hostess in Japan shocked the world. Two years later, the family of Lucille Blackman returned to confront the accused and visit the scenes of the crime. Leo Lewis was with them.
  Man of Steel
Japan's steelmaking giant, JFE president Yoichi Shimogaichi, on Chinese futures, US failures -- and the secrets of his own sterling success. An exclusive interview.

News & Info

  There's Profit in Junk
Welcome to Eigo Nosaki's Treasure Factory
  Ibaraki: Fertile Ground for International Business
Tokyo's neighbor boasts cutting-edge R&D, an international atmosphere, reasonable prices and a highly skilled work force.


  Train in Vain
On retirement, tech and talking on your cellphone.

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