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For Mari Yamaguchi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Ontake eruption victims leave photos of last moments

Oct 6, 2014

Ontake eruption victims leave photos of last moments

The victims include hiking enthusiasts from a major insurance company. Members of a group of nature lovers studying wild plants. A construction manager who snapped about 100 photos — found on his scratched and dented camera — to show his wife what she was ...

Underground lab tackles trouble-plagued nuclear waste issue

Jul 15, 2014

Underground lab tackles trouble-plagued nuclear waste issue

Reindeer farms and grazing Holstein cows dot a vast stretch of rolling green pasture here on Japan’s northern tip. Underground it’s a different story. Workers and scientists have carved a sprawling laboratory deep below this sleep dairy town in Hokkaido that, despite government reassurances, ...

George Takei: Gay pride is emerging in Japan

Jun 6, 2014

George Takei: Gay pride is emerging in Japan

Actor George Takei said he needed both courage and anger to come out as gay and to join the equal rights movement for sexual minorities in the U.S., and he hopes his Japanese counterparts will do the same to make their society more equal. ...

Anti-whaling ruling lets Japan save face

Apr 12, 2014

Anti-whaling ruling lets Japan save face

The international court ruling against Japanese whaling last week may have given the government a convenient political out. The Antarctic program was nearly bankrupt, but if the government had overhauled it on its own, it would have incurred the wrath of a strong anti-whaling ...

Declining appetites are bigger threat to whaling

Apr 1, 2014

Declining appetites are bigger threat to whaling

The greatest threat to Japan’s whaling industry may not be the environmentalists harassing its ships or the countries demanding its abolishment, but consumers who have lost their appetite for the delicacy. The amount of whale meat stockpiled for lack of buyers has nearly doubled ...