Juliet Eilperin

For Juliet Eilperin's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Opponents derail Obama’s dream of high-speed trains, and jobs

Nov 9, 2013

Opponents derail Obama’s dream of high-speed trains, and jobs

The gleaming red-and-white trains sit motionless in a cavernous warehouse in Century City, an industrial neighborhood that cranked out 100 million car and truck frames in its heyday. The seats are draped in plastic; an electronic screen on one reads, "Quiet Car. 11:10 a.m. ...

| Jul 31, 2013

Shark attacks on humans are rare but not unheard of

With beach season in full swing, the question inevitably arises: What are the chances of getting attacked by a shark? In a phrase: extraordinarily low — though not nonexistent. It is higher in certain parts of the U.S. (Florida tops the list) than in others, ...

Wave of state abortion laws returns issue to national prominence

/ Jul 7, 2013

Wave of state abortion laws returns issue to national prominence

As a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly years ago, Republican Scott Walker pushed two key measures to limit abortions. Neither was successful. But as governor on Friday, Walker signed legislation requiring that women get an ultrasound before having an abortion and mandating that doctors ...

'Good seed' versus 'evil weed': Hemp activists eye legalization

Feb 11, 2013

'Good seed' versus 'evil weed': Hemp activists eye legalization

In the cannabis plant family, hemp is the good seed. Marijuana, the evil weed. Michael Bowman, a gregarious Colorado farmer who grows corn and wheat, has been working his contacts in Congress in an attempt to persuade lawmakers that hemp has been framed, unfairly ...

Polar bear hunting, trade sparks global controversy

/ Dec 27, 2012

Polar bear hunting, trade sparks global controversy

The polar bear was more than 1 km away and began running toward the dog sled, quickly closing the distance on the frozen Arctic waters of Canada's Resolute Bay. One of Mark Beeler's Inuit guides released two dogs to distract it while Beeler, a skilled ...