Mizuho Aoki

Mizuho Aoki is a staff writer covering local news, including the current Tokyo gubernatorial race, education and aviation-related stories. She graduated from Hitotsubashi Universty with a degree in social science.

For Mizuho Aoki's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jul 31, 2014

Pregnant women no longer warned to avoid onsen

For the first time in 32 years, pregnant women can bathe in an onsen this summer without worrying about harming themselves or their unborn baby, according to a new government guideline. Under the new guideline adopted in July, the Environment Ministry removed pregnant women ...

Experts question Fukushima thyroid screening

Jul 31, 2014

Experts question Fukushima thyroid screening

More than three years after the triple core meltdown in Fukushima Prefecture devastated the lives of thousands of residents, the effect that the radiation release is having on children’s thyroid glands still weighs heavily on residents’ minds. The iodine-131 released into the air by ...

Minesweeping in Mideast 'OK under changes'

Jul 14, 2014

Minesweeping in Mideast 'OK under changes'

The Cabinet's recent decision to reinterpret the pacifist Constitution means that Japan would be allowed to engage in a minesweeping operation in the Strait of Hormuz even without a cease-fire in place, as long as three self-imposed legal conditions would be met, Prime Minister ...

Jun 30, 2014

North's missiles may have sent different message

As Japanese and North Korean envoys prepared to hold talks Tuesday, Tokyo faced the difficulty of assessing Pyongyang’s seriousness in its promised inquiry into the fates of abducted citizens while apparently snubbing Japan and other neighbors Sunday with a pair of missiles fired into ...

Defense revamp imperils Afghan aid: doctor

Jun 27, 2014

Defense revamp imperils Afghan aid: doctor

Physician Tetsu Nakamura, 67, tries to take a different route to work each day and varies his departure times because that is the safest way to live in Taliban-troubled eastern Afghanistan. His Peshawar-kai aid group has conducted medical and agricultural work there for the ...

Jun 26, 2014

Broader foreign aid urged

Japan should expand its use of overseas development assistance by targeting new regions and projects and consider funding noncombat operations led by foreign military forces, a panel said Thursday in a report to Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. If the recommendations are accepted in the ...