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Akane Sujino

For Akane Sujino's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Kids at tsunami-hit school keep traditional dances alive

Apr 2, 2013

Kids at tsunami-hit school keep traditional dances alive

Students at a junior high school in tsunami-hit Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, are making a fresh start in their efforts to keep traditional performing arts alive. Tsugaruishi Junior High School was inundated by 60 cm of floodwater when the giant tsunami spawned by the Great ...

Food producer breathes life into shattered Rikuzentakata

Feb 24, 2013

Food producer breathes life into shattered Rikuzentakata

Akie Hoshi never imagined she would be able to find work in her hometown of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, just a year after the tsunami spawned by the Great East Japan Earthquake smashed into the coastal city, erasing entire districts. Yet Hoshi has been working ...

Jul 29, 2010

Lay judge trials tax interpreters

Court interpreters participating in lay judge trials with foreign defendants are struggling with increases in the volumes of written evidence and rapid questioning of witnesses and defendants. A defendant recently appealed a ruling at the Osaka District Court, saying the interpreter made translation mistakes, ...