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For Chie Matsumoto's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jan 28, 2010

Victim of Akihabara rampage reaches out to defendant

Until June 8, 2008, Hiroshi Yuasa led an ordinary life, one of thousands of taxi drivers who work Tokyo’s streets. But just after noon on that rainy Sunday, as shoppers thronged the streets of Akihabara, he witnessed an event that changed everything. Sitting in ...

Dec 18, 2009

Students give job-hunting system a big F

College students habitually complain about being overloaded with study. Not Shingo Hori though, who demands to be allowed to study more. “It’s ridiculous. We don’t have time to mature as people or as students,” says the 21-year-old philosophy major at prestigious Waseda University in ...

Demographic crisis leaves universities in financial bind

Dec 18, 2009

Demographic crisis leaves universities in financial bind

The first day of the semester should be one of the year’s busiest, but it is immediately clear at St. Thomas University that something is badly wrong. Apart from a sprinkling of students chatting near the entrance, the grounds are eerily quiet — the ...

Speaking out about domestic violence

Nov 7, 2009

Speaking out about domestic violence

Just a year into her marriage, Emi Yoshida realized she might not survive it. Her violent, drug-addict husband had tried to strangle her, then beat her unconscious outside their Tokyo home. When she came to, he was threatening her with a knife. Police offered ...

Ibaraki turns matchmaker to curb population decline

Oct 29, 2009

Ibaraki turns matchmaker to curb population decline

NAMEGATA, Ibaraki Pref. — With fat black clouds hanging ominously overhead, a sludgy field of sweet potatoes in rural Japan might not seem the best place for a date with the woman of your dreams. Still, bachelor Naoki Nakai, 33, hopes luck will strike ...