Hiroshi Tanaka

For Hiroshi Tanaka's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

JICA has Jakarta aiding Madagascar rice crop

Apr 16, 2010

JICA has Jakarta aiding Madagascar rice crop

ANTSIRABE, Madagascar — In Madagascar, where per capita rice consumption is the highest in Africa, Indonesian farm experts are lending a hand to help increase production of the staple crop. Jakarta sent the advisers to the Indian Ocean country, one of the world’s poorest, ...

Judoka hones kids in Africa

Jan 28, 2009

Judoka hones kids in Africa

HARARE — At dusk one recent day in the Zimbabwean capital, high school students clad in judo garb were busy engaging in pushups and other exercises on tatami. When Hosui Sasaki entered the dojo, the atmosphere quickly grew tense. The students shouted “sensei” (teacher) ...

Saitama woman observes life, death in Senegal

Aug 25, 2008

Saitama woman observes life, death in Senegal

In a hospital delivery room here, a 20-year-old woman on a rusty bed goes into labor surrounded by local midwives, known as “matrone.” Among them is Michiru Ukai, 28, sent to this West African country as a member of the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers ...

Shirt maker weathers Uganda's ups, downs

May 15, 2008

Shirt maker weathers Uganda's ups, downs

An elderly Japanese man who has dedicated nearly all his adult life to making men’s shirts remains active in the capital of Uganda. Yuichi Kashiwada, 76, is the president of clothing maker Phoenix, which runs a factory of about 300 workers engaged in converting ...

Doctor helps establish Somalia baby hospital

Jun 5, 2007

Doctor helps establish Somalia baby hospital

Ruriko Nishino received an e-mail recently from Somalia, which has been in a state of chaos for more than 15 years, telling her the maternity hospital she helped set up there is having an impact. “There are three to four births now at the ...