Market network helps community bounce back

Jan 7, 2012

Market network helps community bounce back

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On a bright, warm late November day, an open-air market hums with activity. Children dart among strolling tourists, vendors cry out their wares to visitors and locals alike, who are looking to stock up on produce, cheap clothes and handicrafts from around the country. ...

2011: a year of disaster in quotes

| Dec 27, 2011

2011: a year of disaster in quotes

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This year produced more than its share of memorable quotes, many of which were inspired by the March 11 disaster and its aftermath. But figures from other fields, from sports to entertainment, also said things worth repeating. Here is a sampling, in chronological order: ...

Quake workers bolstered by training

Dec 27, 2011

Quake workers bolstered by training

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Following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku, staff members of the Tokyo-based nonprofit organization Tokyo English Life Line felt they needed to help not only the survivors, but also the volunteers, NGO and welfare workers who supported the hard-hit people in the ...

Volunteers' hugs warm tsunami-hit Ofunato

Dec 24, 2011

Volunteers' hugs warm tsunami-hit Ofunato

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When the March 11 earthquake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan, numerous volunteer organizations rushed to help the survivors with basic necessities like food and clothing. As the months passed, they found that the needs of the survivors were changing with time. A group named ...

Dec 13, 2011

Cory settles: the end of the story?

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Writing under the pseudonym Richard Cory over the past two years, I have provided The Japan Times with an exclusive, inside account of my marital breakdown, my wife’s subsequent disappearance with my three children, my rescue of my daughter, and my continuing efforts to ...

Every print a poem, artist's self-portrait

Dec 10, 2011

Every print a poem, artist's self-portrait

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Woodblock prints, or moku hanga, may seem to be the quintessential Japanese art, but they have been embraced by artists around the world. American artist Richard Steiner, 72, has practiced woodblock printing for most of the 41 years of his residence in Japan. As ...

Nov 26, 2011

Tohoku kids to get Irish cheer

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Irish musicians will bring songs, drawings and messages to encourage and give hope to survivors of the March 11 catastrophe — especially the children — in the Tohoku region from Dec. 6 to 8. Musician Liam O Maonlai and the chorus group Anuna will ...