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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:

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, ...

Jul 15, 2014

Data leak highlights shortcomings

The massive data leak of private information on millions of Benesse Holdings customers has highlighted Japanese firms’ inadequate security measures, revealing just how easily data can be taken outside of an organization by employees. The huge amount of data leaked — which could affect ...

Aussie envoy a student of Japan

| Jul 8, 2014

Aussie envoy a student of Japan

Bruce Miller, Australia’s ambassador to Japan since August 2011, has been interested in Japan since he was a boy of 11. At an early age, Miller said, his father, though an accountant who rarely traveled abroad, advised him to learn an Asian language instead ...

Yamanote Line trains to get revamp next year

Jul 3, 2014

Yamanote Line trains to get revamp next year

East Japan Railway Co. is developing a new commuter train design that it wants to get rolling on Tokyo’s Yamanote Line by fall 2015. JR East President Tetsuro Tomita said at a news conference Wednesday the new train will be “a next-generation model for ...

Fukushima evacuees seek end to limbo

Jun 19, 2014

Fukushima evacuees seek end to limbo

Japan’s economy may be picking up, but the outlook remains bleak for an often forgotten group of people: the roughly 150,000 evacuees from Fukushima Prefecture. Living in temporary accommodations, these individuals and families were either residents in the 30-km mandatory evacuation zone or those ...