Mayumi Negishi

For Mayumi Negishi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Oct 4, 2007

Immigration could be answer but reluctance remains high

Sasrutha polishes machine parts and cleans offices in western Tokyo up to 60 hours a week, more than double the limit set by his student visa. He has no problem finding willing employers, even though officially he is only allowed to work 28 hours ...

Ah, no kids afoot: Empty trains, work till you die

Jun 23, 2006

Ah, no kids afoot: Empty trains, work till you die

There has been a great deal of hand-wringing in the media and government about Japan’s population implosion. A breakdown in the pension system, soaring health-care costs, slower economic growth and a looming labor shortage are just a few of the dark clouds on the ...

May 27, 2006

Livedoor ex-CFO admits guilt as trial starts, turns on Horie

are for the most part correct,” contradicting Horie’s assertions that he did not knowingly falsify the company’s financial statements. “I deeply regret having committed these crimes, and apologize for having caused so many people trouble, he said. The admission by Miyauchi, once Horie’s most ...

May 20, 2006

Opus Dei revels in chance to explain itself

Inc., the film’s distributor for Japan, is putting the film on 863 screens nationwide and hopes to make 10 billion yen at the box office, which translates into 8 million viewers. “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” released in December 2002 in Japan, is ...

May 20, 2006

Young killers at heart of capital punishment fight

it just did it right there.” His flippant attitude at the time and during his trial outraged Yayoi’s husband, Hiroshi, and prosecutors, who appealed the life sentence, demanding the death penalty. But the appellate court upheld the Yamaguchi District Court’s sentence, and the case ...

Horie to plead not guilty, lawyers say

May 11, 2006

Horie to plead not guilty, lawyers say

Former Livedoor Co. President Takafumi Horie will plead not guilty to securities law violations, his lawyers told the Tokyo District Court during pretrial proceedings Wednesday. “Horie had approval for all business operations from certified public accountants and other specialists, and was convinced he was ...

Mahjong banking on an infusion of new blood

May 8, 2006

Mahjong banking on an infusion of new blood

shows banker Liam Hearns which tile to discard during a mahjong lesson in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Mahjong may be a game of skill, intelligence, calculation and luck, but Jenn Barr also believes in good form. “Excess movement can give you away,” says Barr, who ...

A life less ordinary

| May 7, 2006

A life less ordinary

In November 2000, May Shigenobu stood speechless in front of her TV set in Beirut, staring at crackly satellite images of her mother, Fusako Shigenobu, giving the thumbs-up and smiling as she was led away by police in Osaka, half a world away. To ...

Apr 29, 2006

Tokyo submits bid for 2016 Olympics

Mindful of the boom created by the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Friday submitted to the Japan Olympic Committee its candidacy to host the 2016 Games. Tokyo will compete with Fukuoka to become Japan’s candidate to host the Summer Olympics — ...