Magdalena Osumi

For Magdalena Osumi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Kyoto-based NICCO refuses to forget about women of Afghanistan

Dec 3, 2014

Kyoto-based NICCO refuses to forget about women of Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, where social norms prohibit women from appearing in public and their rights are limited, the Taliban’s repressive regime and years of war have heavily damaged the country’s heritage and society. To support the country, Japan and 21 other nations have engaged in ...

Poll on national character finds love of Japan is increasing

Nov 5, 2014

Poll on national character finds love of Japan is increasing

The latest government survey on national character has found that 83 percent of Japanese, if they were to be reborn, would choose to live in Japan rather than anywhere else. The results of the 13th Nihonjin no Kokuminsei Chosa (Survey on Japanese National Character), ...

Quebecoise shines as 'minyo' singer

| Sep 30, 2014

Quebecoise shines as 'minyo' singer

Learning to play the three-stringed Japanese traditional instrument shamisen topped Canadian Maud Archambault’s list of things to do while in Japan. She arrived here in 2001 to explore one of her fields of study: Japanese culture. Fast forward to today, where she is recognized ...

Der Spiegel magazine finds print, digital mix that works

Sep 17, 2014

Der Spiegel magazine finds print, digital mix that works

With newspaper readership on the decline worldwide as the industry faces the print-to-digital transition, a German approach may serve as a reference for Japanese media seeking new tactics to attract customers. Martin Doerry, senior editor and former deputy editor in chief of Der Spiegel, ...

Enoshima makes the most of the last days of summer

Sep 11, 2014

Enoshima makes the most of the last days of summer

“Aloha,” the greeting used in Hawaii, is believed to be more than a simple salutation. Hawaiians say it’s related to a way of life — one of honesty, truthfulness, patience, kindness and humbleness. From Sept. 13 to 15, the Hawaiian Festival brings a little ...

Sep 9, 2014

Dolphin-defenders' 'tweetstorm' campaign raises levels of annoyance

Celebrities and companies were almost universally annoyed to discover their Twitter accounts were being bombarded with messages by activists seeking an end to Japan’s dolphin hunts. Starting Sunday, more than 100 tweets were sent out to each account and then retweeted by activists and ...