Tomoko Otake

Tomoko Otake is a staff features writer. Originally from Japan’s ancient capital of Nara, she graduated from the University of Montana with an M.A. in journalism.

For Tomoko Otake's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jul 27, 2016

Cervical cancer vaccine suit filed over side effects

Sixty-three women and girls who reported side effects from cervical cancer vaccines sued the government and drugmakers on Wednesday as a sharp divide remained over the risks the medicine poses. The plaintiffs, ranging in age from 15 to 22, filed suits in district courts ...

Jul 26, 2016

Sagamihara killings reveal shortcomings in law to control knives

Tuesday’s stabbing rampage in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, has highlighted the difficulty of reigning in crimes involving knives, despite a recent revision to the Firearm and Sword Control Law. Knives have often been the weapon of choice in single-perpetrator mass murders in Japan, where gun ...