Tomohiro Osaki

Tomohiro Osaki is a staff writer in the Domestic News Division. A graduate of Sophia University in Tokyo, he likes to explore under-reported realities of Japanese youth, with a tendency toward the taboo.

For Tomohiro Osaki's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Visa overstayers launch campaign for 'legalization'

Aug 18, 2014

Visa overstayers launch campaign for 'legalization'

A group of visa overstayers launched a month-long campaign Monday in which they will ask 36 local assemblies in the Kanto region for special permission to remain in the country legally. Spearheaded by the Asian People’s Friendship Society, a nonprofit organization, the campaign includes ...

Free Hug activist hopes to mend fences in Asia

Aug 14, 2014

Free Hug activist hopes to mend fences in Asia

It was August 2011 when Koichi Kuwabara hit the streets of Seoul with a mission in mind. He stood in the middle of the street, a nervous smile etched across his face, eager to make eye contact with passing pedestrians, as he held up ...