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Hiroshi Matsubara
JAPAN
Jun 24, 2000
Cops look away in domestic violence
Anne van Pletsen, a Tokyo resident for 13 years, was lying in a bed in Akasaka Hospital in Minato Ward last year when she decided to end her three-year marriage.
JAPAN
May 9, 2000
Takashimaya enters Nagoya on quest for piece of the pie
NAGOYA -- For 20 years, the city with the nation's highest private savings rate had only four major department stores.
JAPAN
May 9, 2000
Osu survives with blend of old and new
NAGOYA -- Young people browse through the shirts and jeans at a used clothes store, while an elderly woman picks up some tea at a shop around back. On the street, a young couple eating ice cream pass a man with a computer.
JAPAN
May 9, 2000
City strives to school foreign youth
TOYOTA, Aichi Pref. -- When the bell signals the end of the day at Homi Junior High School here, students run out of the building to play on the grounds.
JAPAN
May 2, 2000
Kin connect with long-lost mariner
When 94-year-old Californian John Ramsay was asked by his daughter-in-law if there was anything he wanted to do before he died, he said yes.
COMMUNITY
Mar 31, 2000
Party offers gays more than just fun
Dancers in flamboyant costumes and heavy makeup performed for around 400 students at a small night club in Tokyo on Wednesday night as part of an event to raise money for HIV education and provide a supportive social network for young gays.
JAPAN
Mar 22, 2000
Leprosy victims demand compensation for injustices
For the past 60 years, 76-year-old Koji Suzuki's life has been contained within a sanitarium for sufferers of leprosy in Kusatsu, Gunma Prefecture.
JAPAN
Feb 24, 2000
'Restrant' cooks up new jobs for castaway workers
Staff writer Starting a new business in the midst of a protracted recession would seem a brave -- if not reckless -- move to most. But in the case of a restaurant that opened Thursday in Tokyo's Uguisudani district, the recession is its very raison d'etre. Restrant Genki Kosaten, a Japanese-style tavern,...
JAPAN
Feb 22, 2000
Allergy-prone get jump on hay fever
Staff writer For the past 10 years, spring has been tough on Mari Koi, with her seasonal allergy leaving her with itchy, watery eyes and a runny nose from February through March. But this year, the 30-year-old Tokyo woman has been well so far -- possibly due to early preparation. "I have been taking...
JAPAN
Feb 21, 2000
Standards needed for granting residence status: rights activist
Staff writer An advocate of foreigners' rights says he has seen indications that Japanese authorities are beginning to regard those who overstay their visas as human beings -- not as mere laborers or scofflaws. However, Katsuo Yoshinari, head of the Asian People's Friendship Society, said there is a...
JAPAN
Feb 10, 2000
Patriot 'Mariko' asks populace to develop global mind-set
Staff writer True patriotism does not equal narrow-minded nationalism, said Mariko Terasaki Miller, the first female honorary consul general of Japan, as she called on the Japanese to develop a sense of internationalism and pacifism at the core of their identity. "To develop an international or cosmopolitan...
JAPAN
Jan 21, 2000
Workers bullied out amid restructuring
Staff writer For a 32-year-old company employee in Tokyo's Edogawa Ward, the past two years have been a nightmare. And still, he does not know how to end it. Ever since he rejected his employer's request two years ago to voluntarily quit, he has been constantly harassed by bosses and colleagues. "The...
JAPAN
Jan 3, 2000
Another Century: Slump, aging Japan skew debate on foreigners
Staff writer One sector of Japan's immigrant community comes into view every Friday at around noon, when people wearing white caps walk into a single story prefabricated building in the city of Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture. This is Isesaki Jame-e Mosque -- a sanctuary since 1995 for about 500 Muslims living...
JAPAN
Dec 30, 1999
Gay magazine Fabulous targets lifestyles of 'matured' community
Staff writer Five years working as supervisor of a mainly pornographic gay magazine convinced Toh Ogura, 38, that gays in Japan need a lifestyle magazine. Although a handful of pornographic magazines have been available, no lifestyle magazine targeted gays before Ogura started Fabulous in November. He...
JAPAN
Dec 13, 1999
New travel agency serves Tokyo's gays
Staff writer During his trip to the west coast of Australia in January, Shigenobu Umeki, a 40-year-old magazine editor, stayed at so-called gay accommodations, run by gay owners and staffed by gay workers. "I am always conscious of my sexual orientation when talking to people out of fear that they are...
JAPAN
Dec 7, 1999
Chinese family exposes Japanese detention treatment
Staff writer The Immigration Bureau's Tokyo facility for holding foreigners who have overstayed their visas violates basic human rights, especially those of children, claims a Chinese family released last week after 40 days of detention there. Ling Xi Rang, 43, her second daughter, Xu Xiou Ri, 17, and...
JAPAN
Nov 3, 1999
Visaless group urges more flexible rights policy
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JAPAN
Sep 1, 1999
Product-trashing consumer book enjoys sizzling sales
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JAPAN
Jul 7, 1999
Japan an eavesdropping paradise
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COMMUNITY
May 16, 1999
Yokota base gives Fussa its multicultural charm
Living next to a foreign military base may not seem like an ideal situation, given the antibase rallies in Okinawa, antinoise lawsuits elsewhere and new Tokyo Gov. Ishihara's calls for the return of Yokota Air Base.

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