Aftershocks in Sri Lanka

May 29, 2005

Aftershocks in Sri Lanka

HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka As the sun sets on another sultry Sri Lankan day, a small crowd gathers outside tent No. 68, home of Thuwan Rashid Kaseer and his three children. The 45-year-old carpenter is well known in the southern town of Hambantota for his ...

Japanese NGO in unique role

May 29, 2005

Japanese NGO in unique role

KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka — Eight-year-old Koushigan Sivapalasundaram’s day begins at 4:30 a.m. First up is homework, which is supervised by his mother, Jeyanthini, who watches over him while cradling his 6-month-old sister in one arm, and holding a meter-long stick in her free hand. ...

Finds 'rewrite history'

Oct 27, 2002

Finds 'rewrite history'

SIEM REAP, Cambodia — The recent unearthing of hundreds of Buddha statues at a temple in Cambodia’s famed Angkor region has forced scholars to reassess theories regarding the final years of the Angkor civilization. Late last year, a team led by Japanese researchers from ...

Who's winning the 'coca war'?

Jun 11, 2002

Who's winning the 'coca war'?

LA PAZ, Bolivia — On a hot December afternoon last year, 150 farmers in Chimore, a town in the Chapare region of central Bolivia, unloaded bananas and pineapples onto the Santa Cruz-Cochabamba highway. There was no market in sight and even if there was, ...

A cup of green tea in the jungle

Jun 11, 2002

A cup of green tea in the jungle

OKINAWA, Bolivia — Shiko Asato is glued to the TV set as NHK news shows the highlights from a recent sumo tournament. His wife Shizuko sets out cups of green tea, a plate of manju bean-paste buns and a couple of cans of nicely ...

'Gringo mayor' does local politics his way

Jun 11, 2002

'Gringo mayor' does local politics his way

PORONGO, Bolivia — Mike Bennett came to Bolivia 18 years ago looking for gold. And he found it. But as he searched the nation for the precious metal, the 46-year-old geologist from Staffordshire, England, also uncovered other treasures — Spanish, which he speaks fluently, ...

Celebrate football's field of dreams

Jun 5, 2002

Celebrate football's field of dreams

It’s twenty minutes before England’s opening World Cup game at Saitama Stadium and I’m sitting almost directly behind the goal, sacred posts that I’m hoping Michael Owen will tune his gold-plated radar into the moment he walks onto the pitch. Nervousness sets me off ...

Are local tracks up against the odds?

May 12, 2002

Are local tracks up against the odds?

There is little glamor at Kawasaki Racetrack. Under grubby baseball caps, cigarettes and pencil stubs are jammed behind the ears of tense punters. The odor of ramen wafts along the betting slip-littered corridors and stairways under the stands. The racetrack terraces host a variety ...

Stars & strikes: a revolution from above

Apr 28, 2002

Stars & strikes: a revolution from above

Just 18 months after surrendering in the Pacific War, more than 3 million people throughout Japan were preparing to bring the shattered, hungry nation to a standstill. On the morning of Feb. 1, 1947, telecommunications would be cut and rail routes disrupted. Public offices ...

Apr 21, 2002

Abode of the gods

An indentation on the peak of Sri Pada, a mountain in central Sri Lanka, is reputed by some to have been made when Buddha first set foot on Earth. The mountain is also said to be the place where butterflies go to die. Another ...