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Yoko Hani
For Yoko Hani's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
COMMUNITY
Nov 24, 2002
A feast for the eyes
A man carefully slices a loaf of rye bread. He piles lettuce leaves and slices of ham and cheese onto one slice, then tops it with another slice. The tasty looking sandwich finished, he cuts it neatly in two.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Oct 13, 2002
Sports Day: the spirit of '64
"Have Japanese people already forgotten about soccer?" asks a recent advertisement for a satellite-TV station. The ad continues: "To all the Japanese people who were swept up in the soccer frenzy of the World Cup -- have you forgotten about soccer?"
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Oct 6, 2002
Takafumi Goda: the man at the helm
As director of the university division of the higher education bureau at the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry, Takafumi Goda is at the helm of national policy on university education. Recently, one of his chief tasks has been to oversee long-awaited reforms to Japan's university...
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Oct 6, 2002
Tuning into the changing face of higher education
Japan's universities are at a crossroad. The notion has been voiced in some quarters for many years, but now -- by common consent -- the fact of the matter is impossible either to deny or to ignore.
COMMUNITY
Oct 6, 2002
Teachers take the strain of a system in flux
Hiroshi Sato, 37, is an assistant professor of political science at a private university in Tokyo that, while not among the nation's top-ranked seats of learning, nonetheless enjoys a high status and popularity.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Sep 8, 2002
A woman's life behind the wheel
Taxi driver Yoko Yamaoka finished working at 5 this morning. Tomorrow she will get up at 5 in the morning and start the day's shift at 8. She usually works on a rotation of three days on and two days off.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Aug 18, 2002
Shopping for negative ions
Why, how, and even whether negative ions are beneficial to health may be the subject of highly charged scientific debate, but that's done nothing to dampen a craze for products boasting this invisible asset that's gripping the Japanese market.
COMMUNITY
Aug 4, 2002
Stars in your eyes: fireworks in Japan
Living with Tokyo Disney Resort in their midst, residents of Urayasu in Chiba Prefecture can enjoy its fireworks displays every night in summer. Even for them, though, the annual Noryo Fireworks Festival is something else altogether.
COMMUNITY
Aug 4, 2002
Touched by the hand of the fire god
Akiko Amano says she once saw the God of Fire. It was around 10 years ago when she first started working as a hanabishi (professional fireworks setter). That night, she was working at a countryside fireworks festival.
COMMUNITY
Jul 14, 2002
Before the boomtown
Running a grimy motorcycle repair shop amid the high-tech neon frenzy of Akihabara may sound a little odd. But if you know a bit about the district's history, you will understand the pride -- and anxieties -- of the shop's 72-year-old owner, Mikio Kimura.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Jul 7, 2002
How we wonder what we are
Stargazing is like traveling through time and space; imagining as best we can such unimaginable distances, such wondrous, unknown possibilities out there in the vast, star-spangled sky.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
May 26, 2002
The pick of the crop
IRUMA, Saitama Pref. -- Despite global warming and technological developments in agriculture worldwide, still some things have never changed. Just ask tea farmer Toshiharu Kato.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
May 5, 2002
Live and learn and learn
Swimming. Piano. English conversation.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Apr 21, 2002
Peak attraction
When the cherry trees in the highlands of Nagano Prefecture start blooming, Hajimu Miyamoto of the Azumi Village tourist association begins to feel excited -- and a little nervous.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Apr 21, 2002
Veteran lensman sets his sights high
After 30 years, Takashi Iwahashi hasn't lost any enthusiasm for his work. Even at age 57, he spends an average of 120 days a year on the world's mountain peaks and ridges, capturing their beauty on film.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Mar 31, 2002
How to teach the teachers to teach?
To Doreen Simmons, who for more than 20 of her 28 years in Japan has been an editor in the International Affairs Department of the Diet, the idea of Japan adopting English as its second official language sounds "totally unrealistic."
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Mar 24, 2002
Hotel turns over a new leaf
Big hotels are features of most big cities, and Tokyo is no exception. Rearing into the sky, often straddling whole blocks, they're the temporary homes and permanent workplaces for small armies of people -- which brings serious environmental consequences.
COMMUNITY
Feb 24, 2002
No end to stress in modern Japan
Thirty-year-old Hiroko Sato was having her hair done, just as she had every month for the past several years, when suddenly she began to feel ill. First, she felt dizzy, then nauseous, then her hands started to go numb. She tried to shrug it off, but when she rose from her chair, she fainted.
COMMUNITY
Jan 27, 2002
We've lost that food-loving feeling
Feeling hungry? Luckily, those of us living in the here-and-now can eat almost anything we want, anytime we want -- and as much as we like.
COMMUNITY
Dec 30, 2001
O-Shogatsu: a custom-made holiday
Yoshio Mamiya doesn't need reminding that o-shogatsu is almost here. For several weeks, the 78-year-old craftsman has been working 12-hour days, seven days a week at his studio in the Sanno district of Tokyo's Ota Ward, where he busily stitches away to meet his customers' demand to renew their domestic...

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