Natalie Obiko Pearson

For Natalie Obiko Pearson's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Suzlon in talks for Japanese offshore wind partner, Tanti says

Aug 22, 2014

Suzlon in talks for Japanese offshore wind partner, Tanti says

India’s Suzlon Energy Ltd. may seek a Japanese partner to make offshore wind turbines, attracted by access to cheap yen loans as projects at sea get costlier and more complex. Suzlon, whose German unit Senvion SE is the third-biggest supplier of offshore turbines, is ...

Health experts alarmed by surge in AIDS

Jun 10, 2005

Health experts alarmed by surge in AIDS

The rapid spread of AIDS in the past decade has reached a level that has confounded and alarmed the health establishment in Japan. Infections that had stayed at infinitesimal levels are surging at rates similar to developing countries, and some experts say the real ...

Salsa fanatics defy rigid Japan

Dec 21, 2004

Salsa fanatics defy rigid Japan

A pulsating mambo fills the air at a cavernous club near Tokyo Bay. “Ayyy-esssooo!” the song calls in exhortation as a sea of dancers — sweaty, skin bared, clothes clinging — roll their hips and hurtle into turns with increasing abandon. The scene is ...

Aug 27, 2004

Bigotry hounds former Hansen's patients

At first, Japanese victims of Hansen’s disease were jubilant after a court fined a hot spring resort that turned them away last year. Then came the hate mail. “We don’t want to get into the same baths as you,” seethed one of the 130 ...

Migrants' remittances home exceed ODA

Jul 29, 2004

Migrants' remittances home exceed ODA

Elisa Rey puts a wad of yen into a small, brown envelope at her home. Far away in Peru, her monthly remittances — set aside from her job in an electronics factory south of Tokyo — have already built a house that few could ...

Ramen makers go upmarket in search of fresh clientele

Apr 30, 2004

Ramen makers go upmarket in search of fresh clientele

Customers with Prada handbags and Gucci sunglasses sometimes stand in line for hours and hungrily wait outside the restaurant door, feasting their eyes on the delicacy that awaits inside: a bowl of ramen. Ramen has long been known as a staple of construction workers ...

For Princess Tenko, life, truth just one big sleight of hand

Oct 29, 2003

For Princess Tenko, life, truth just one big sleight of hand

Tenko Hikita, Japan’s most famous magician, is a master of illusion. Or, perhaps, a masterful illusion. Known as Princess Tenko, she uses her flamboyant image to sell everything from cosmetics to clothes to items for pets and — later this year — wine. Construction ...

Web suicide sites have officials worried

Jul 8, 2003

Web suicide sites have officials worried

The pattern has become eerily familiar. After forging a pact with strangers over the Internet, young people get together to carry out a carefully planned task — suicide. Just as others may use the Web to plan a vacation or perhaps find a date, ...

Fugitive Fujimori plots comeback

Jul 2, 2003

Fugitive Fujimori plots comeback

Alberto Fujimori peers into his computer quietly plotting a return to power half a world away — all but oblivious to being a wanted man who can’t leave the confines of Japan for fear of arrest. The disgraced former Peruvian president calls up opinion ...

Odaiba beach not even safe for sewer rats to dip in

Apr 12, 2003

Odaiba beach not even safe for sewer rats to dip in

It’s Tokyo’s premier beach — a strip of wave-washed sand carefully constructed more than a decade ago in a multibillion yen project to give the sprawling capital an ultramodern waterfront. But the city has a warning to visitors — don’t swim, don’t even wade. ...