Motonobu Endo

For Motonobu Endo's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Aging Japanese-Brazilians facing challenges

May 20, 2014

Aging Japanese-Brazilians facing challenges

Japanese who immigrated to Brazil many decades ago have overall been a success, but now as they move deep into their twilight years they are facing mounting problems, including communication problems with their offspring. The community of Japanese-Brazilians is now 16 million strong, after ...

Ex-mayor lends a hand in Argentina

Nov 12, 2013

Ex-mayor lends a hand in Argentina

Akitada Oishi, a former mayor of Hita, Oita Prefecture, is now an aid volunteer, lending his acumen as a successful municipal chief to the northern Argentine province of Salta. Oishi, 71, is assisting the administration of the province near Argentina’s borders with Bolivia and ...

Non-native teachers of Japanese growing among Brazil's immigrants

Sep 26, 2013

Non-native teachers of Japanese growing among Brazil's immigrants

A growing number of people in Brazil’s large Japanese community are studying Japanese under non-native teachers. “I would like to go out on a date with you this weekend,” one student practiced saying in Japanese during an entry-level class in Sao Paulo’s Liberdade district, ...

Perseverance pays off for noted deep-sea researcher

Jun 25, 2013

Perseverance pays off for noted deep-sea researcher

Geologist and paleontologist Hiroshi Kitazato, a key scientist behind the recent discovery of a tantalizing clue to what could be the lost continent of Atlantis, had to navigate through three years’ worth or red tape before he got his chance. Kitazato, 64, travels the ...

Prostheses help to give amputees social confidence

Aug 9, 2007

Prostheses help to give amputees social confidence

Eight years ago, a gangster sought out Yunosuke Narumi for advice about leaving his crime syndicate and becoming a normal member of society. “I can’t stand life in the gang anymore,” he told Narumi, who works for the Osaka Prefectural Police providing advice to ...

High-priced curry-rice dishes going down well

Feb 25, 2006

High-priced curry-rice dishes going down well

OSAKA (Kyodo) Something unusual is happening to curry rice. The cheap meal so popular with children and college students is now being offered at expensive Japanese and French restaurants at premium prices, including one dish for 10,000 yen. Semba Kitcho, an old Japanese restaurant ...