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For Sarah Suk's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 12, 2018
By design, for manners or security, backpacks increasingly being worn on the front in Japan
Backpacks, as the word suggests, are designed to be carried on people's backs. But there are a growing number of people in Japan who hold these bags in front, especially on trains and buses.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 21, 2018
Colorful walls can 'blow away' toilet odor, Japanese study says
Using bathrooms can be an everyday nightmare for children attending Japan's public schools where the restroom is often considered dirty and smelly.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 20, 2018
Japan's justice minister apologizes for erroneous data on foreign interns, blaming Excel mishap
Justice Minister Takashi Yamashita claimed the errors arose due to incorrect data calculations in the Excel spreadsheet software.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Nov 4, 2018
Aging Tokyo town lures young residents with offers of houses and land
An inconspicuous wooden teahouse stands midway on a winding road that connects the center of a remote mountainous town in western Tokyo to a scenic lake that supplies water to the capital.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Oct 29, 2018
Japan puts upgraded greenhouse gas observation satellite Ibuki-2 into orbit
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launched on Monday an H-IIA rocket carrying Japan's Ibuki-2 greenhouse gas observation satellite and an Earth observation satellite made by United Arab Emirates, putting both into orbit.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Oct 23, 2018
Nobel laureate Tasuku Honjo calls for a better environment in Japan for life science research
Nobel laureate and immunologist Tasuku Honjo on Tuesday called for a better environment in Japan for conducting research in the life sciences, saying more efforts are needed by both the private and public sectors in enabling researchers to come up with medical cures for illnesses such as cancer.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 22, 2018
As Canada legalizes recreational marijuana, Japanese citizens warned the law from home may apply
Canada's legalization of the recreational use of marijuana, which went into effect last week, has prompted the Japanese government to issue warnings that Japan's law on cannabis use may apply to its nationals even when they are abroad.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Internationalization of Japanese Universities
Oct 22, 2018
Foreign graduates bring huge benefits to workforce
As Japan becomes increasingly globalized, so does its workforce.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 19, 2018
Four Japan firms used foreign trainees to clean up at Fukushima plant after nuclear meltdowns: final report
Officials visited 1,018 companies with facilities in eight prefectures in eastern and northeastern Japan, interviewing trainees there to probe the situation.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 16, 2018
Surveillance cameras removed from shower area at Ibaraki immigration center
Support groups for detainees had complained that the cameras, set up after cases of vandalism, violated the privacy of those held there.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 15, 2018
Showa University admits improper practices in medical school admissions, but denies gender discrimination
The development comes as the education ministry probes irregularities involving 81 universities with medical schools, following revelations of systems disadvantaging women and older applicants.
Japan Times
JAPAN / CABINET INTERVIEW 2018
Oct 13, 2018
'Management and coexistence': Japan's justice minister calls for balance in dealing with foreign nationals
Ten days into his new job, Justice Minister Takashi Yamashita said one of his major goals is to strike a balance between management and coexistence when it comes to foreign nationals in Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 12, 2018
New visa statuses proposed for blue-collar workers do not offer permanent residency: justice minister
Comments come as ministry details plan to allow people with knowledge and abilities Japan needs to work in the nation.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Sep 14, 2018
Naomi Osaka is Japan's tennis darling, but could she eventually decide to play for the U.S.?
Amid the excitement of Naomi Osaka winning the women's title at the U.S. Open tennis tournament last weekend, some in Japan are wondering whether she will continue to compete for their country at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 7, 2018
Conan O'Brien's showdown in Japan's 'Conan Town' ends peacefully after 1,000-hamburger barbecue
The world watched in anticipation of a showdown, but the battle of the Conans ended peacefully this week in a small town in western Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 7, 2018
LGBT hospitality house to be established for 2020 Tokyo Games
An LGBT hospitality house will be set up during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics as a place to exchange and distribute information about issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
JAPAN
Sep 6, 2018
Hokkaido quake spurs mass hotel booking cancellations, tourist spot closings
Facilities in the prefecture u2014 a popular tourist destination u2014 advised travelers to cancel if they could, as water and power outages made normal operations impossible.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 4, 2018
Conan O'Brien to visit Japan's 'Conan Town' after tongue-in-cheek feud with mayor
After a weekslong feud, American comedian Conan O'Brien and Japan's "Conan Town" are set for a showdown.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 28, 2018
Half of 'disabled' workers at central government institutions were miscounted, labor minister says
Of nearly 7,000 reported hires by ministries and agencies under a program to employ people with disabilities, 3,460 did not meet the guidelines.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 16, 2018
Bugs struggle amid Japan's record summer heat
Specialists in Hyogo believe populations of mosquitoes and beetles have suffered this year as the moist environments where their young thrive have dried up in the heat wave.

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