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Eric Prideaux
Japan Times
LIFE / WEEK 3
Apr 15, 2007
Red rubber balls foster fun, motivation and life's sense of adventure
The red rubber ball soared over a wall, traced an arc against the springtime Tokyo sky and fell -- ker-plump! -- into the playground of Takanawadai Elementary School.
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JAPAN / EXPLAINER
Apr 3, 2007
Time up for bag-happy stores, users
Retailers have long considered plastic bags basic to good service. Supermarket clerks toss tofu, eggs and ice cream into individual clear plastic bags to prevent a mess should the products' own wrapping somehow break. More plastic bags are often provided just in case, then it all goes into bigger shopping...
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JAPAN / INNOCENT VICTIMS
Mar 21, 2007
Child-guidance centers lacking: experts
Child abuse in Japan may be expanding faster than social workers can keep pace, but there's another side to the story as well: Many people outside the government child-welfare system are working hard to push those figures down. Meet two of those people, lawyer Fumiaki Isogae and foster mother Kazuko...
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JAPAN / INNOCENT VICTIMS
Mar 21, 2007
Foster-care group aims to change the way Japan treats its children
When Kazuko Sakamoto found herself unable to conceive a child, she and her husband figured there was more than one way to start a family.
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JAPAN / INNOCENT VICTIMS
Mar 20, 2007
Kids' group home a safe respite
Despite the understaffing and overcrowding, the atmosphere at the Kibo no Ie (House of Hope) residential home for children lives up to its name: It is a place of optimism, a place of warmth.
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JAPAN / INNOCENT VICTIMS
Mar 19, 2007
Rising child-abuse deaths draw national scrutiny
It is a routine feature on television news: Another child has been strangled, starved, beaten or otherwise fatally abused-- at the hands of the parents.
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BUSINESS
Feb 22, 2007
Bank of Japan raises interest rate to 0.5%
Caught between growing voices in Europe for a rate hike and domestic politicians pressuring against it, the Bank of Japan raised its benchmark interest rate to 0.50 percent Wednesday.
JAPAN
Feb 8, 2007
Libel suit attacks free speech: defendant
in some Western countries, and laws and the some courts in Europe and the United States protect people who are sued in this way. Legal experts say Japan has no similar safeguards. The article at the center of the case, "The Lies Behind the Hits/Does Johnny's Get Super-VIP treatment?!/The Honeymoon Between...
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JAPAN
Jan 16, 2007
Gore in town to push global-warming fight
Midway through a visit to Tokyo to promote his environmental documentary film "An Inconvenient Truth," former U.S. Vice President Al Gore on Monday made sure to praise Japan as the birthplace of the Kyoto Protocol.
JAPAN
Jan 11, 2007
Mercury level acute; store pulls dolphin
A large supermarket chain in western Japan has permanently discontinued sales of dolphin meat after learning that mercury levels in a sample purchased at one of its outlets greatly exceeded government safety levels.
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JAPAN
Nov 28, 2006
Timid he's not, CNN's Quest calls them out as he sees them
There was no question it was the right floor at Tokyo's Intercontinental Hotel. The voice booming through the walls could only belong to one man.
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JAPAN
Nov 18, 2006
Education bill shifts power to the state
In the wake of Thursday's Lower House passage of the education reform bill, critics wonder whether news management may have been used to clear the path for what one commentator alleged to be a "fascist" power grab by the central government.
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COMMUNITY
Nov 16, 2006
An ambassador of enlightenment
When I was a teenager living in New York some 20 years ago, I bought a tiny introduction to Zen Buddhism from a bookstore in midtown Manhattan. A $1 clearance-sale copy, it was so small that I could slip it into my back pocket.
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LIFE / WEEK 3
Sep 17, 2006
Noodles with attitude
Chairman Mao Zedong -- who back in 1935 wrote that his nation's basic task was "to oppose the attempt of Japanese imperialism to annex China" -- obviously had some, shall we say, issues with the Middle Kingdom's diminutive neighbor to the east.
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LIFE / WEEK 3
Sep 3, 2006
An 'outsider' speaks out
Later this month, when Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi concludes what may have been Japan's most flamboyant premiership ever, pundits aplenty are sure to lavish his five-year term with glowing praise.
Japan Times
LIFE / DISABILITY IN JAPAN
Aug 27, 2006
Blind doctor finds new ways of seeing
This story is part of a package on "Disability in Japan". The introduction is here.
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LIFE / WEEK 3
Aug 20, 2006
There's gold being panned in them thar hills
There may be many perfectly good reasons to spend a weekend sloshing around in water panning for gold. Trying to get rich isn't one of them.
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 16, 2006
Rightists hold the line despite a series of recent setbacks
war criminals," Kamijo said. "If the Emperor really said things like that, I don't want to worship him." Kamijo, with a Hinomaru and the name of his rightwing group, Gishin Gokoku-kai, emblazoned on his crisp blue uniform, was not much impressed by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's Yasukuni visit earlier...
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Reference / SO WHAT THE HECK IS THAT
Aug 15, 2006
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LIFE
Jul 30, 2006
No mountain too high for oldest man ever to scale Everest
This story is part of a package on "Growing old healthily." The introduction is here

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