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Mami Maruko

Staff writer Mami Maruko writes stories about the international community in Japan, including profiles of Tokyo-based ambassadors and international marriages. She received education in Japan, England and the U.S. She graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London, with a masters degree in Theater Arts.

For Mami Maruko's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Shizuoka governor rapped for posting school scores online

Sep 5, 2014

Shizuoka governor rapped for posting school scores online

Education minister Hakubun Shimomura on Friday harshly criticized Shizuoka Gov. Heita Kawakatsu for disclosing the names of public elementary schools that scored above average in this year’s nationwide achievement test, saying the move goes against ministry rules. Shimomura also said the ministry will consider ...

After STAP scandal, Riken plots its future

| Sep 1, 2014

After STAP scandal, Riken plots its future

With recent revelations of misconduct involving its research on so-called STAP cells, stem cell researcher Haruko Obokata and her employer, Riken Institute, have come under intense scrutiny and criticism. Last week, the nation’s largest science research institute announced an “action plan” to avoid similar ...

Efforts to replicate STAP cells fall flat

Aug 28, 2014

Efforts to replicate STAP cells fall flat

The Riken research institute said Wednesday that ongoing efforts to reproduce so-called STAP cells — whose existence was first claimed by scientist Haruko Obokata in the British journal Nature — have failed. The announcement comes on the heels of a series of scandals that ...

Kiwanis campaign helping to stamp out tetanus

Aug 25, 2014

Kiwanis campaign helping to stamp out tetanus

Around the world, a baby dies every nine minutes from tetanus. To counter this, the international volunteer organization Kiwanis is seeking the complete elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus, as the life-threatening disease still prevails in many developing countries. Kiwanis, through its global campaign ...

Aug 7, 2014

Tokyo malls gearing up to serve more foreign shoppers

In the run-up to the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo, the Odaiba district in Koto Ward is aiming to cater to the needs of the foreign visitors expected to flood their shopping complexes. Venus Fort, a shopping center operated by Mori Building Co., ...

Technique to prevent drowning catches on

Jul 23, 2014

Technique to prevent drowning catches on

To prevent drownings, a growing number of children around Asia are being trained using a Japanese technique called “uitemate,” meaning floating and waiting. The Japanese term reflects a philosophy that when in distress in the water, one should not panic but instead just float, ...