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Takahiro Fukada
For Takahiro Fukada's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
JAPAN
Sep 30, 2011
Tokyo plans to store, burn debris from disaster zone
To help quake- and tsuami-damaged areas rebuild, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said Thursday it is offering to store about 500,000 tons of debris and waste from Iwate and Miyagi prefectures for three years.
Japan Times
JAPAN / CABINET INTERVIEW
Sep 24, 2011
Society must value overseas study: Nakagawa
Young Japanese shouldn't be blamed for not studying abroad, but society needs to change so they can attend universities overseas without having to worry about their careers after they return, education minister Masaharu Nakagawa said.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 21, 2011
Iwate fisheries continue struggle to recover
One rainy day in early September, Shigeru Fujita, a 62-year-old fisherman, gazed at the devastated fishing port in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 15, 2011
Iwate survivors wonder, worry about future
The coastal town of Yamada, Iwate Prefecture, used to have a railway station, cafes, restaurants and medical clinics, but all that remains now are the foundations and twisted iron support bars of buildings.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 15, 2011
New mayor's warnings fell on deaf ears
When the March 11 quake struck, mayoral candidate Yutaka Ikarigawa was preparing for a speech on the streets of Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 11, 2011
Six months on, few signs of recovery
After the March 11 earthquake and tsunami destroyed everything from houses to street lights, the town of Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, has been so dark and quiet at night it's unnerving.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 29, 2011
Foreign embassies give kids taste of many cultures at Tokyo event
Children tried their hand at Thai vegetable carving and practiced Indian yoga at an intercultural event put on by foreign embassies Sunday in Tokyo.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 25, 2011
Harvard talks pump up overseas study, work
Japanese high school students were glued to the screen as a Harvard University student, acting as teacher, clicked on the computer and fused photographs of people's faces, claiming she could create a face people would find attractive.
Japan Times
JAPAN / EXPLAINER
Aug 23, 2011
Restoring foreign tourism tall order
Foreign tourist numbers have been plunging since the March 11 quake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Fukushima Prefecture, and not only for visitors to the disaster zone.
JAPAN
Aug 6, 2011
Tepco redress: from tourism to tea
Tokyo Electric Power Co. must compensate travel agencies, inns and hotels nationwide for cancellations made by foreign travelers fearing radiation from Tepco's stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, a government panel said Friday.
JAPAN
Aug 3, 2011
Tokyo looks to build natural gas power plant
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government said Tuesday it wants to build a power plant fueled by natural gas that can generate the electricity equivalent to one nuclear reactor.
JAPAN
Jul 27, 2011
JETs fresh from the U.S. eager to help nation recover from March 11
Young Americans who will teach English at schools here on an international exchange and teaching program said Tuesday they want to help Japan recover from the March catastrophe.
JAPAN
Jul 14, 2011
Radioactive beef sold off in eight prefectures
Meat from six cows contaminated with radioactive materials from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant may have reached consumers in eight prefectures, including Tokyo, Kanagawa and Osaka, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said Wednesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 13, 2011
Fukushima plant site originally was a hill safe from tsunami
First of two parts
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 9, 2011
Citizens' radiation fears beyond crisis zone mount
Reiko Nakamura, a 37-year-old mother of three children, said she has been checking radiation levels outside her house in Meguro Ward, Tokyo, every day since she bought a dosimeter in May.
JAPAN
Jul 2, 2011
Osaka best backup capital, Ishihara, Hashimoto say
With fears of a major earthquake looming in the capital, Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara and Osaka Gov. Toru Hashimoto agreed Friday in Tokyo that the main western metropolis must be prepared to serve as a backup capital in the event of the Big One.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 2, 2011
China scholar, Asia expert get Nakasone prize
A scholar of Chinese history and East Asia security policy was honored Thursday with the seventh Nakasone Yasuhiro Award.
JAPAN
Jun 18, 2011
Ishihara eyes another Olympics bid, this time 2020
Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara expressed his intention Friday to bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics, to show the world that Japan has recovered from the ravages of the March 11 twin disasters and despite falling short in seeking the 2016 Games.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 17, 2011
Capital has no iodine prep plans
Other than monitoring radiation levels in the capital amid the failures at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said Wednesday it had no plans to prepare any radiological countermeasures, such as reserving iodine pills to deal with internal exposure to radioactive substances.
JAPAN
Mar 16, 2011
Radiation levels spike in Tokyo; capital still safe, Ishihara says
Radiation reached around 20 times normal levels in the capital Tuesday morning, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said, while offering the assurance this reading posed no immediate risk to human health and that the public should remain calm.

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