Yumiko Iida

For Yumiko Iida's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

New handbooks tackle dwindling birthrate by adding dads to equation

Jun 19, 2013

New handbooks tackle dwindling birthrate by adding dads to equation

Alarmed by the nation’s dwindling birthrate, a government task force recently came up with a plan to distribute so-called women’s handbooks as a means of encouraging young women to have children. The plan, however, faced harsh criticism for treating pregnancy, childbirth and child-rearing as ...

Faith, fellowship band Tohoku's foreign wives

Jan 9, 2013

Faith, fellowship band Tohoku's foreign wives

When the ground shook and buildings trembled that cold afternoon in March 2011, the first words to come into Gina Konishi’s head were “Diyos ko po,” a Tagalog prayer that means “God please help me.” The 32-year-old Filipino resident of Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, was ...

More urbanites taking up jogging just for fun

Nov 22, 2012

More urbanites taking up jogging just for fun

Stem cell researcher Shinya Yamanaka and celebrated novelist Haruki Murakami may have very different professional talents, but they share one hobby in common: running. For both, the former a joint winner of this year’s Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine and the latter a ...