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Takuya Asakura
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 13, 2001
Asylum seekers' fates hang in balance
Refugees in danger of persecution, or migrants seeking work and wealth?
JAPAN
Nov 24, 2001
Is safety net failing kids in legal trouble?
A 19-year-old who fled the Kurihama Juvenile Training School last year was literally running out of options.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 23, 2001
Juvenile correction system feeling strain
Teenagers in uniform tank tops and shorts, their hair all cropped in the same manner, march in lines at an athletic field. It looks like a military boot camp, but in actuality is an athletic festival at a juvenile reformatory in Hachioji, western Tokyo.
JAPAN
Nov 17, 2001
Public seen in step with boosted SDF role
The Self-Defense Forces are finally crossing the line to participate in a real war for the first time in their history, even though their role will be limited to logistic support.
JAPAN
Nov 17, 2001
Public seen in step with boosted SDF role
The Self-Defense Forces are finally crossing the line to participate in a real war for the first time in their history, even though their role will be limited to logistic support.
JAPAN
Oct 30, 2001
SDF bill passage by no means ends constitutional debate
Diet debate on allowing the Self-Defense Forces to provide logistic support to U.S.-led retaliation against the Sept. 11 attacks has highlighted unanswered questions on the constitutionality of the planned move.
JAPAN
Oct 27, 2001
Technology aids creation of new peace activism
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JAPAN
Oct 17, 2001
Opinions clash over SDF role in war on terror
Two days after U.S.-led forces launched a bombing campaign on Afghanistan, six Air Self-Defense Force C-130 cargo planes arrived in Islamabad with relief supplies for refugees.
JAPAN
Oct 16, 2001
Asylum-seekers face tough time in Japan
Gol Ahmad Bahador does not want to go back to Afghanistan.
JAPAN
Oct 8, 2001
Children's center provides haven for teenagers
Teenage boys with long dyed hair and guitar cases saunter into the lounge, passing a group of high school students playing mah-jongg. By 5 p.m., teenagers have taken over this "jidokan," or children's center, in Suginami Ward, Tokyo.
JAPAN
Oct 6, 2001
Press info access first casualty of war
As the U.S. prepares to launch retaliatory strikes on those believed to be behind the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and the Pentagon, the media's frustration over the tight control of information by the U.S. authorities is reportedly on the rise.
JAPAN
Sep 28, 2001
Backing of U.S. revives debate on SDF
A senior Defense Agency official looked excited as the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk prepared for its Sept. 21 departure from the Yokosuka Naval Base in Kanagawa Prefecture with an escort of Maritime Self-Defense Force ships.
JAPAN / MUSEUM MUSINGS
Sep 24, 2001
Baseball still the stuff of boys' dreams
The eyes of the boys from Okachimachi Junior High School in Tokyo light up as they grip the bats of professional Japanese baseball stars.
JAPAN
Sep 11, 2001
Memorial erected for downed B-29 crew
INA, Ibaraki Pref. -- Before dawn on March 10, 1945, a U.S. B-29 bomber crashed into the woods outside a rural village some 45 km northeast of Tokyo.
JAPAN
Sep 8, 2001
Tokyo fails to stem suspected oil exploration
After two hours of nothing but the vast expanse of the East China Sea, a steel structure topped by a streak of flame and a helicopter pad appears on the horizon, growing rapidly in the window of a Maritime Self-Defense Force P-3C patrol plane.
JAPAN
Aug 24, 2001
Security alliance redefined after end of Cold War
Staff writer In August 1990, when then Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu telephoned U.S. President George Bush to offer a $1 billion contribution to the U.S.-led multinational forces in the Persian Gulf, Bush offered a disappointed-sounding "Thank you" before hanging up.
JAPAN / OF SOUND MIND
Jun 23, 2001
Crime suspects' mental state rarely checked deeply
Whenever people with psychological problems are arrested for brutal crimes, public attention focuses on whether they can be held criminally liable.
JAPAN
Jun 23, 2001
Multinational historians address East Asia
A group of historians from Japan, China and South Korea has been seeking a common stance on the region's history in the wake of controversy over recently approved Japanese history textbooks that some say justify Japan's wartime aggression.
JAPAN / OF SOUND MIND
Jun 22, 2001
Ikeda massacre puts judicial psychiatry in spotlight
The June 8 killing of eight children by a knife-wielding man at an Osaka elementary school has inevitably rekindled the old debate about whether — and how much — judicial authorities should be able to intervene when dealing with mental patients accused of committing serious crimes.
JAPAN
Jun 21, 2001
SDF ranks open to reservists with no military experience
Need a part-time job? Ever considered the Self-Defense Forces? Spending holidays in boot camp could earn you 7,900 yen a day.

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