Natsumi Mizumoto

For Natsumi Mizumoto's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Mar 28, 2014

Kumamoto hosting conference to push fair trade movement

An international conference of “fair-trade towns” opened with preliminary events Friday in the city of Kumamoto — the first time the gathering has been held outside Europe — as campaigners look to nurture the ethical consumption movement in Asia. “This is an opportunity for ...

Apr 22, 2010

Pair of films shed new light on hibakusha

While disarmament experts and antinuclear campaigners may have heard about atomic-bomb survivors, a pair of documentaries about hibakusha that aim to connect with the younger generation were recently completed by two young directors from Costa Rica and Japan. Erika Bagnarello’s “Flashes of Hope” and ...

Preschool training takes off

Dec 26, 2009

Preschool training takes off

KAGOSHIMA — Chubby Haruku Takarabe was the last of his 14 classmates to master walking on his hands across the gym. But now he can stand on his head, turn cartwheels on one hand and vault over the 110-cm-high box just like the rest ...

Dam cancellation leaves local residents high and dry

Sep 30, 2009

Dam cancellation leaves local residents high and dry

NAGANOHARA, Gunma Pref. — Leading a new life without a dam is an idea that people in this small mountain town in Gunma Prefecture had never thought of before, and many appear unable to think of it even after land minister Seiji Maehara suggested ...

If you want change, vote, young are told

| Aug 19, 2009

If you want change, vote, young are told

In the heated election four years ago, young voters who normally skip the polls jumped on then Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s reform bandwagon and helped his Liberal Democratic Party race to an overwhelming victory. Now that a change of administration is on the table, ...

DPJ will say anything to win: defector Asao

| Aug 5, 2009

DPJ will say anything to win: defector Asao

KAMAKURA, Kanagawa Pref. (Kyodo) While it is not unknown for a politician to ditch a party when it is on the verge of losing power, Keiichiro Asao’s July 24 announcement to quit the up-and-coming Democratic Party of Japan and run for the Lower House ...

Aug 26, 2007

Abe's stale diplomacy won breathing space, not momentum

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looked briefly into space on Friday evening in Kuala Lumpur as he concluded his three-nation tour of Asia and turned his attention to Monday’s crucial reshuffling of the Cabinet and his party’s leadership. While the weeklong tour of Indonesia, India ...

Aug 20, 2007

Abe heads out to visit Indonesia, India, Malaysia

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived Sunday in Indonesia on the first leg of a weeklong tour that will also take him to India and Malaysia before he comes back to reshuffle his Cabinet and the leadership of the Liberal Democratic Party. The trip’s emphasis ...

Peace activists mixed on election impact

Aug 12, 2007

Peace activists mixed on election impact

Peace activists are divided but many are guardedly optimistic on what to expect after the crushing election defeat suffered by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party. At rallies to mark the 62nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and ...

Residents still puzzled about shooting of Nagasaki mayor

May 22, 2007

Residents still puzzled about shooting of Nagasaki mayor

A month has passed since Nagasaki Mayor Itcho Ito was assassinated and residents are still puzzled as to why two mayors of a city that promotes peace have been shot in the recent past. “The shock of seeing the mayor of Nagasaki, a pacifist ...