Kristen Gelineau

For Kristen Gelineau's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

California looks to Australia for how to survive drought

May 26, 2015

California looks to Australia for how to survive drought

California has turned to the world’s driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record. Australia, the land poet Dorothea Mackellar dubbed “a sunburnt country,” suffered a torturous drought from the late 1990s through 2012. Now Californians are facing their ...

Smiles belie traumatized kids

Apr 5, 2011

Smiles belie traumatized kids

KARAKUWA, Miyagi Pref. — Zoom in for a snapshot of apparent normalcy: children sitting in a circle, clasping playing cards tightly in their hands. They laugh, chat and occasionally hop up to break into a goofy dance. Zoom out and the picture changes: The ...

Quake takes heaviest toll on elderly

Mar 19, 2011

Quake takes heaviest toll on elderly

RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate Pref. — The elderly couple fled their home on foot as the warning sirens blared. But they could not keep up with their neighbors and fell behind as the tsunami rushed in. Nearly a week later, 71-year-old Taeko Kanno and her husband ...