Natsume Watanabe

For Natsume Watanabe's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Grade school for Zainichi Koreans in Osaka struggling to survive

Aug 11, 2014

Grade school for Zainichi Koreans in Osaka struggling to survive

An elementary school for Zainichi Korean children in Ikuno Ward, Osaka, is struggling to survive in the absence of public financial support. Established in 1968, the school provides classes in the Korean language as well as cultural education for around 90 children, mostly fourth- ...

Kids take artful approach to peace-building

Oct 10, 2013

Kids take artful approach to peace-building

Despite the troubled relations between their countries, children in Japan and North Korea are joining hands again to promote peace using drawings. Relief Campaign Committee for Children, Japan, a Tokyo-based nongovernmental organization, has been organizing exhibitions since 2001 featuring pictures drawn by children from ...

Fukui museum unearths Japan's dinosaur roots

Apr 16, 2013

Fukui museum unearths Japan's dinosaur roots

“It’s a dinosaur backbone!” One February morning, around 30 researchers and workers hammered away at an excavation site in the middle of sugar cane fields stretching beyond the horizon in Suranaree, about 260 km northeast of Bangkok. Large rocks were first cut into pieces ...