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For Gary Schaefer's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Plastic surgery makeovers luring the insecure

Oct 15, 2003

Plastic surgery makeovers luring the insecure

Risa Arato never liked her hooded eyes — even her friends said she had a perpetually stony gaze. And she hated the way her sunglasses slipped down her nose. But the clincher was meeting her estranged father for the first time since childhood and ...

Bottom line for personal seals is they're obsolete, forgeable

Jul 26, 2003

Bottom line for personal seals is they're obsolete, forgeable

Hideo Matsuzaki creates names that will last a lifetime, one deft knife stroke at a time. The 71-year-old master craftsman has a list of celebrity clients and a job description with no equivalent in the West: engraving personal seals that the Japanese use instead ...

Bullying bosses said sign of times

Jun 26, 2003

Bullying bosses said sign of times

Staffing a hotline for victims of abusive bosses, Yasuko Okada has heard it all — from complaints about one manager who would communicate only by e-mail with an employee he disliked to another who kicked, slapped and ridiculed a worker in front of clients. ...

Japan Occupation turned foes into friends

Apr 30, 2003

Japan Occupation turned foes into friends

Before Gen. Douglas MacArthur landed at a small airstrip outside Tokyo to begin the U.S.-led Occupation of Japan in 1945, Americans were the object of intense hatred, portrayed by propagandists as rapacious foreign devils. A half century later, they are Japan’s closest allies. As ...

Rockets could ride microwaves: scientist

Apr 22, 2003

Rockets could ride microwaves: scientist

When Kimiya Komurasaki was a boy, he loved science-fiction stories about humankind being forced by a swelling sun to flee the planet. Now he is working on a technology that could someday make that escape — or less dramatic trips into space — a ...