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Judit Kawaguchi
For Judit Kawaguchi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WORDS TO LIVE BY
Mar 14, 2006
Minori Kitahara
Minori Kitahara, 35, is the owner of Love Piece Club, Japan's first sex-toy shop owned by a woman and catering exclusively to women. She believes that women deserve their sexual fun and games and she has just the right toys for them.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WORDS TO LIVE BY
Feb 28, 2006
Masaru and Katsutoshi Arai
Masaru Arai, 58, and his son, Katsutoshi, 28, from Tokyo's Asakusa are carpenters from a long line of master craftsmen. Katsutoshi, who has three sisters, is the youngest child. The father and son love working together and always strive for perfection. Although their yearly income can fluctuate dramatically, their pocket money -- and their lifestyle -- changes very little.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WORDS TO LIVE BY
Feb 14, 2006
Nobuko Mitsumori
Nobuko Mitsumori, 37, works with her mother in their small accounting office in Tokyo's Chuo Ward. With one assistant and myriad clients, the three are always happily overworked. Nobuko studied classical literature and didn't think that math was her strength, but thanks to her talent, the numbers somehow always add up.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WORDS TO LIVE BY
Jan 24, 2006
Hisayo Takano
Hisayo Takano is the owner of Club Akasaka, a hostess bar in Tokyo that many of her customers call the best "clinic" they've ever known. It's where they come to regain their strength. Others compare it to the Shoukasonjuku, because, just like at that famous 19th-century school for young leaders, clients here can learn from each other. She's had several careers, including being a flight attendant, but she is happiest to be called a "counselor" and a good mother to her three boys, ages 15, 26 and 29.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WORDS TO LIVE BY
Jan 10, 2006
Kazuhiko Hachiya
Artist Kazuhiko Hachiya, 39, is president of PetWORKs, a small company with nine employees. According to him, they "do big things in a funny and cute way." His company is behind the popular mail software PostPet, in which animated characters deliver the mail; the hit doll Momoko; and it is now venturing into the wild blue yonder with Open Sky, a "personal flying machine" with a jet engine that is based on Nausicaa's plane in Hayao Miyazaki's book and film "Nausicaa of the Valley of Winds." Obviously, Hachiya's imagination knows no bounds.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WORDS TO LIVE BY
Dec 27, 2005
Donald Keene
One of the greatest scholars of Japanese literature, 83-year-old Donald Keene has spent the past 52 years in Japan, with the exception of his time spent teaching at Columbia University in New York, where, in 1986, The Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture was established in his honor. So far he has published about 40 books in English and 50 or so in Japanese, received countless awards and has been named a Person of Cultural Merit (Bunka Koro-sha) by the Japanese government.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WORDS TO LIVE BY
Dec 13, 2005
Ritsuko "Ritzie" Kojima
Ritsuko "Ritzie" Kojima, 53, has worked as a hospital social worker and interpreter. Ten years ago, she quit her hospital job so she could take care of her ailing mother and her own family. A mother of three sons, she's a great chef who loves throwing big parties at her home in Kumamoto Prefecture in Kyushu. Active, powerful and positive, she's up for anything, as long as it's challenging.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WORDS TO LIVE BY
Dec 6, 2005
Kumiko Mori
Since 1997, mezzo-soprano Kumiko Mori, 46, has played Madame Thenardier more than 2,000 times in the hugely successful Japanese stage production of "Les Miserables." A couple of times a week she can be seen on a variety of shows ranging from travel and food specials to talk shows and comedies. She's also published a cookbook of her original recipes, appeared on more than 30 CDs and released two of her own. She says that being in the limelight that much has not blurred but sharpened her vision..
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WORDS TO LIVE BY
Nov 22, 2005
Bob Sliwa
Bob Sliwa, 50, who hails from Massachusetts, has lived in Japan for 22 years. He is the Advance Design Director at COBO Design Co., Ltd., one of the biggest industrial design firms in Japan, and a judge for the Japan Car of the Year Award. He followed the success of his 2004 book "Lexus ga Ichiban ni Natta Wake (The Reason Why Lexus Is No. 1)," written in Japanese and later translated into Korean, with "Brand Design ga Kaisha o Sukuu (Brand Design Can Save Your Company)," in which he offers an irreverent look at the successes and failures of branding around the world.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WORDS TO LIVE BY
Nov 8, 2005
Reiko Ito
Reiko Ito, age 46, is one of the 75 certified AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) instructors in Japan, a teacher to other trainers and one of the few qualified to lead SAQ (Speed, Agility, Quickness) classes here. She wants to empower everyone and she knows just how.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WORDS TO LIVE BY
Oct 25, 2005
Shoichiro Satake
At 46, Shoichiro Satake, owner of Galerie Sho Contemporary Art, is Japan's biggest dealer of works by Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. While more than 3,000 Warhols and 100 Basquiats have passed through his hands, their essence has stayed with him.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WORDS TO LIVE BY
Oct 18, 2005
Mika Noguchi
Peach John has been providing women with sexy and cute lingerie via its catalog and retail business since 1994. Leading this company, which had sales of 16 billion yen last year, is President Mika Noguchi, a woman who is not afraid to bare her true feelings.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WORDS TO LIVE BY
Sep 27, 2005
Radical Suzuki
Radical Suzuki's playfully risque illustrations have appeared in books, magazines and advertisements. He's a geek and proud of it.
Japan Times
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Sep 13, 2005
Arihiro and Kimiyo Fujita
Arihiro Fujita and Kimiyo Fujita, owners of the award-winning Takasagoya Pork Shop in Tokyo's Tsukishima, know their pork. These two 65-year-olds also know what makes a relationship work. They've been married and working together for 40 years -- without, they claim, even one argument.

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