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For Yoko Hani's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jan 11, 2009

A meeting of minds

OXFORD ENGLAND — The last leaves were falling and the world was plunging into an economic crisis as journalists from around the world gathered for a meeting in England. The venue, though, was not a conference room in the financial hub of the City ...

Dutch women bid for techno parity

Jun 8, 2008

Dutch women bid for techno parity

AMSTERDAM — Seen from Japan, a country known for dragging its feet in terms of gender equality, the Netherlands is often regarded as a model of social enlightenment. In fact, the Western European nation ranked 6th out of 93 countries in the United Nations ...

Soccer that's played the wheely way

| Apr 20, 2008

Soccer that's played the wheely way

I like soccer. I like to watch it. I even tried to play it a few times when I was a kid, though I was not good at sports that didn’t require me to use my hands, so I switched to tennis and basketball. ...

Apr 13, 2008

Art and life in a grain of rice

Artist Mitsuaki Tanabe is stubborn. In the past 20 years, he has been creating sculptures themed on a single motif: a grain of rice. But the rice that Tanabe selects to sculpt is not the common-or-garden sort that people normally stuff themselves with. Oh ...

| Apr 6, 2008

Tom Maschler: A storied life of luck and literary passions

Regardless of whether you take it with a pinch of salt or think this consummate professional is simply being modest, Tom Maschler says that throughout his celebrated publishing career, “luck” has often played a significant role. Certainly, as he writes in his 2005 autobiography ...

Slow-food movement creeps to Japan

Feb 29, 2008

Slow-food movement creeps to Japan

Enjoying good food is a fundamental pleasure. But the slow-food movement asks whether “good food” can mean more than simply the flavor and presentation of a meal. “When we talk about quality food, we mean something that is good to taste but also good ...

Animate yourself a la UrumaDelvi

Feb 29, 2008

Animate yourself a la UrumaDelvi

A n exhibition of works by UrumaDelvi, who created the popular TV character “Oshirikajiri-mushi,” will be held March 1 to 16 at Parco Factory in Tokyo’s Shibuya. Oshirikajiri-mushi (“buttock-biting insect”) first hit the airwaves in June last year on an NHK program and became ...

Polar pioneer sets her sights high

| Feb 24, 2008

Polar pioneer sets her sights high

For her doctoral thesis, Kazuyo Sakanoi studied the mechanisms of flickering auroras — those luminous phenomena in the atmosphere that appear like curtains of light. “Auroras twinkle at an altitude of about 100 km in the sky. They are phenomena in space actually, not ...

Top techie programs change

| Feb 24, 2008

Top techie programs change

When Kayoko Sugahara started working as a systems engineer 25 years ago, she sometimes stayed in her office late into the night running performance tests on computers, and often went there on weekends to use the computers there. But now, thanks to technological developments, ...