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Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE FOREIGN ELEMENT
Aug 12, 2013
Ainu fight for return of plundered ancestral remains
Shigeru Kayano, one of the most well-known and respected Ainu figures of modern times, writes in his autobiography "Our Land Was a Forest" about the loathing he felt as a young man for the shamo (Japanese) researchers who used to visit his village and family home.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE FOREIGN ELEMENT
Jul 22, 2013
Police stonewalling over death of U.S. teen in Shinjuku prolongs family's ordeal
The family of Scott Kang had hoped that the release the autopsy report would shed some light on the U.S. teenager's death in Shinjuku in 2010 and bring them nearer to obtaining closure. Instead, it has reopened old wounds and raised fresh questions about the original police investigation.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE FOREIGN ELEMENT
May 28, 2013
As Japan reeled from disaster, three men went cycling
In 1977, British author and long-term Tokyo resident Alan Booth made a journey on foot from the northernmost point in Japan, Cape Soya, to Kyushu's southernmost tip, Cape Sata.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE FOREIGN ELEMENT
Apr 23, 2013
Student seeking Kyoto flat told: No foreigners allowed
After spending 2u00bd years living the quiet life in Shiga Prefecture, Ryukoku University student Victor Rosenhoj was looking forward to moving to Kyoto, where things promised to be more lively and international.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE FOREIGN ELEMENT
Apr 2, 2013
A tale of two knives, a Kiwi legend, a gang and a girl
The story reads like a New Zealand news editor's wish list: Celebrity, dangerous weapons, bizarre behavior, death threats, Brazilian street gangs and a mysterious love interest.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE FOREIGN ELEMENT
Feb 19, 2013
Millions of dogs and cats coddled, 200,000 gassed each year in pet-mad Japan
Cast in bronze, Hachiko sits in a position of prominence befitting a storied daimyo or prime minister, right next to the busiest intersection in Japan, if not the world.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / ZEIT GIST: UPDATE
Sep 18, 2012
U.S. judge dismisses rapist's bid to halt case over Yokosuka assault
Australian Catherine Fisher is one step closer to seeing justice done after a Milwaukee Circuit Court judge decided earlier this month to hear the case against former U.S. serviceman Bloke T. Deans, who raped her in Japan in 2002.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE ZEIT GIST
Aug 14, 2012
Yokosuka rape victim takes fight for justice to U.S. courts
Australian Catherine Jane Fisher, who was raped by a U.S. Navy sailor in Yokosuka in 2002, has now taken her case for compensation all the way to the U.S. courts.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE ZEIT GIST
Jun 5, 2012
Blackston taught kids days before murder, may have toured with AI
Although no official statement has been made by the artist or her representatives, evidence points to links between high-profile Japanese pop star AI (Ai Carina Uemura) and at least one, if not both, of the suspects being questioned over the rape and murder of Nicola Furlong.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE ZEIT GIST
May 29, 2012
Photos reunite left-behind parents with lost children, but only on film
If there is no bond deeper or love stronger than that between a parent and a child, then equally, there is no pain greater than when that bond is broken or that love taken away.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE ZEIT GIST
Mar 13, 2012
New Zealander loses legal fight over crippling med addiction
When Wayne Douglas arrived home in New Zealand from Japan in early 2001, his own mother didn't recognize him at the airport.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE ZEIT GIST
Jan 24, 2012
American claims Tokyo cop assaulted son, 8
Elementary school student Jian Macdonald had always thought policemen were cool — especially ones that rode fast motorcycles.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / THE ZEIT GIST
Dec 20, 2011
Gaba 'contractor' status under fire from staff, courts
As an 8-year-old in Indiana, William first became curious about Japan when he made friends with a Japanese guy called Hideki who introduced him to Super Mario and the magical world of Japanese video games.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE ZEIT GIST
Nov 8, 2011
'My children are my everything — the reason I'm alive'
On Bruce Gherbetti's right forearm, the names of his three lost children are permanently inscribed in a swirling script of dark blue tattoo ink.
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 2, 2011
Myanmar's new guardian?
Myanmar's one-time military generals, who have miraculously transformed themselves into benign politicians, really do seem to be taking remarkable steps to restructure both the domestic and foreign policy of that fragile nation.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE ZEIT GIST
Sep 6, 2011
Kang family takes fight for justice to Tokyo
Sung Won, the father of Hoon "Scott" Kang, the Korean-American tourist who died in mysterious circumstances in Shinjuku last year, arrived in Tokyo this week to continue his fight to seek justice for his son.
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 7, 2011
Rethinking Japan's Myanmar policy
An historic meeting June 29 between parliamentary Vice Foreign Minister Makiko Kikuta and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon highlights Japan's increasing willingness to look beyond its self-interest and promote democracy in the region.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE ZEIT GIST
May 31, 2011
Family slams stalled probe into Kabuki-cho death
Nine months after their only son, Hoon "Scott" Kang, a Korean-American tourist, died from severe head injuries sustained in the stairwell of a building in Kabuki-cho, his family and friends are still no closer to understanding how he died.
JAPAN
Nov 8, 2010
Police detain Japanese journalist
A Japanese journalist was arrested in Myanmar at 9 a.m. Sunday while reporting on the election in the border town of Myawaddy.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE ZEIT GIST
Oct 5, 2010
Decade-long wait takes toll on asylum seeker
Most foreigners in Japan know the horror of waiting for a residency permit or visa. A few hours in the queue at the Shinagawa immigration office can feel like a lifetime.

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