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Takuya Asakura
JAPAN
Jul 10, 2002
Husband frets over fate of wife held in China Falun Gong bust
The Chinese wife of a Japanese man has been detained for more than a month in China after she was arrested for supporting the Falun Gong spiritual movement.
Japan Times
JAPAN / MUSEUM MUSINGS
Jul 6, 2002
Everyone's a winner at Tokyo sports gallery
One of most heart-warming memories of the soccer World Cup will be the rival players exchanging their shirts after each game.
JAPAN
Jun 25, 2002
Afghans again face prospect of detention
Seven Afghan men seeking asylum in Japan are again facing the possibility of detention after the Tokyo High Court earlier this month nullified a lower court decision to release them.
JAPAN
Jun 22, 2002
Book offers anecdotal glimpse at those on the bench
Few Japanese outside the legal community may be able to name even a single Supreme Court justice. Lower court judges are equally anonymous.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 22, 2002
Brazilian win provides diversion from hard knocks
OIZUMI, Gunma Pref. — Cheers and car horns echoed through this rural industrial town, home to thousands of Japanese-Brazilian and Latin-American residents, heralding Brazil's 2-1 victory over England on Friday in a World Cup quarterfinal match.
JAPAN
Jun 22, 2002
A judiciary ruled by conscience or politics?
The Constitution states that all judges must exercise their conscience in an independent manner and be bound only by the charter and the laws of the land.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 24, 2002
Shenyang puts spotlight on refugee policy
While mystery continues to shroud the May 8 incident at the Japanese Consulate General in the Chinese city of Shenyang, in which police entered the compound and seized five North Korean asylum seekers, the spotlight has fallen again on Japan's reluctance to accept refugees.
JAPAN / THE OKINAWA FACTOR
May 17, 2002
School taps into popularity of jobs at U.S. facilities
NAHA, Okinawa Pref. -- Growing up near Kadena Air Base and witnessing the rough antics of American soldiers, Yasuhiko Toyozato could be forgiven if he harbored negative feelings toward U.S. forces here.
Japan Times
JAPAN / THE OKINAWA FACTOR
May 16, 2002
Love-hate ties bind Okinawans, U.S. military
OKINAWA CITY, Okinawa Pref. -- Many former American soldiers who once stayed at the Diego Hotel near the U.S. Kadena Air Base here regard the hotel's manager with a reverence usually reserved for their own mothers.
JAPAN
May 11, 2002
Media bodies terrified by privacy legislation
Newspaper editors, publishers, broadcasters and freelance journalists across the country are vehemently protesting that two bills now in the Diet would gravely undermine freedom of the press.
JAPAN / THE OKINAWA FACTOR
May 2, 2002
Nago ponders base-for-cash community conundrum
NAGO, Okinawa Pref. -- A prefabricated building behind Jisei Asato's home in the Toyohara district of Nago used to be an office occupied by the Kube Area Economic Promotion Council. It is now closed and bears "for rent" signs.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 5, 2002
GSDF wows potential recruits with games
The Ground Self-Defense Force has established its first public relations center, aiming to offer potential young recruits a positive image of the nation's de facto army.
JAPAN
Feb 28, 2002
Myanmar asylum-seeker gratified, vexed by minister's sudden reversal
His three-year court struggle for refugee status was soon to be over when the man from Myanmar received an unexpected letter from the justice minister last week.
JAPAN
Feb 22, 2002
Detained Afghans languishing
In the shadow of Japan's pledge of $500 million in reconstruction aid for Afghanistan, asylum-seekers who fled the war-torn country remain in detention as they await deportation.
JAPAN
Feb 11, 2002
Yokohama locals put U.S. Navy's land to good use
YOKOHAMA -- It may be a bit hard to believe that in this day and age you can get free farmland in Yokohama.
JAPAN
Feb 2, 2002
Nago mayor race seen as base litmus test
Many in Tokyo and Washington will be keeping a close eye on a mayoral election Sunday in Okinawa that is likely to affect a matter of long-standing concern between the two governments.
JAPAN
Jan 8, 2002
Foreign brides fill the gap in rural Japan
TOZAWA, Yamagata Pref. -- Cheerful laughter echoed through this snow-covered village in the Tohoku region one morning as a group of women sat down to chat over tea.
JAPAN
Jan 8, 2002
Fixed international marriages often disappoint
During the late 1980s, several local governments in northern Japan arranged marriages between Japanese men and foreign women mainly from other parts of Asia, including China, the Philippines and South Korea, in an effort to solve the shortage of brides in farming communities in depopulated areas.
JAPAN
Dec 30, 2001
Retiring politician's war memories spur his fight for peace
As Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi rose to power this year with pledges of radical reform, one 77-year-old Diet veteran made a brief return to the political arena before deciding to abandon his life's work.
JAPAN
Dec 16, 2001
Nepalese man awaiting murder ruling sees wife for first time in eight years
Many foreign workers head for Japan with the promise of a better life. But for Govinda Prasad Mainali the dream turned to tragedy as he awaits a ruling by the Supreme Court over a murder charge.

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