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:

Jan 12, 2017

Fukushima hospital finds temporary replacement after only doctor dies

A Fukushima hospital that suddenly found itself in crisis following the death last month of its only full-time doctor has found a temporary replacement for late director Hideo Takano. Yujiro Nakayama, a 36-year-old surgeon at Komagome Hospital in Tokyo, will assume the full-time director ...

Citizens petition Tokyo to save trees amid Ueno Park face-lift

Dec 19, 2016

Citizens petition Tokyo to save trees amid Ueno Park face-lift

As a planned face-lift for Tokyo’s Ueno Park goes forward in preparation for the 2020 Olympics, residents are asking that the government refrain from cutting down decades-old trees. A group of citizens called Ueno Koen no Ki wo Mamoru Kai (Group for the protection ...