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For special kids, his music is the message

| Mar 1, 2002

For special kids, his music is the message

Ramsey King Montana’s funky fashion sense might be a bit overwhelming for some parents who sign their children up for his family music classes. He wears checkered pantaloons, a fierce studded leather belt, a pierced earring that belonged to his mother (a Blackfoot Indian) ...

Shitamachi schoolmates still together at 70

| Feb 15, 2002

Shitamachi schoolmates still together at 70

What is the secret of lifelong friendships that form in elementary school? I would never have thought to ask myself that question until my father-in-law announced he wouldn’t be home for Sunday’s family dinner because he was attending a party. Though he put it ...

Kids learn from embracing the differences

| Feb 1, 2002

Kids learn from embracing the differences

The first thing you notice about the students at Musashino Higashi Secondary Vocational School is their uniforms. No matter the subject — be it gymnastics or computer science — the learning is done in a light-blue tracksuit. That a healthy mind can only exist ...

Medic's lifesaving mission

Jan 4, 2002

Medic's lifesaving mission

Human rights activist Dr. Masaki Tada leads a double life. He has just returned from Peshawar, Pakistan, where he struggled to save the lives of Afghan refugees with the meager resources at his disposal. In Japan, he plays a very different role — as ...

| Dec 21, 2001

Children learn life's hardest lesson

On a recent Friday, I swung open the gate to my daughter’s school yard. I was expecting to find the usual crowd of mothers milling outside in the garden. But I knew something was dreadfully wrong when a teacher solemnly ushered me toward a ...