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For Osamu Hirabayashi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Restaurateur illuminates thanks for Sakhalin locals

Oct 4, 2013

Restaurateur illuminates thanks for Sakhalin locals

Yutaka Miyanishi felt a strong sense of gratitude when he discovered, during a visit to the former Soviet Union, that local people were tending the graves and looking after a cemetery where Japanese soldiers who died in labor camps after World War II are ...

May 6, 2013

Akita man funds scholarships for impoverished Russian students

An Akita native who has personally funded scholarships for over 10 years to Russian students learning Japanese at a Vladivostok university says that he hopes the recipients will become a bridge to promote bilateral friendship. Koichi Muto, 68, launched the scholarship program as well ...