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Eric Prideaux
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Jul 14, 2002
It's a wired, wired world
If you were among the hordes of shoppers itching to spend summer bonuses last weekend, perhaps you got caught up in the frenzy in Akihabara. Everywhere in Tokyo's "Electric Town," the hunt was on for air conditioners, computers, MD players, stereos and the latest flat-screen TVs.
COMMUNITY
Jun 16, 2002
The trickle down effect
Ever year around June, the high-altitude air current known as the jet stream lunges into the Himalayas, whose towering 8,000-meter peaks slice it into two branches that soar eastward over Asia toward the Pacific. Near Japan, they finally reunite and embrace between them a colossal mass of cold oceanic...
COMMUNITY
May 26, 2002
Tea to soothe the soul
Outside, evening commuters splash through the Tokyo rain and a train conductor is shouting to be heard above the rush-hour din.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
May 12, 2002
Where the finest get on the fast track
Imagine, just for a moment, that you are a horse.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Apr 28, 2002
Where history was made
As supreme commander of the U.S. Occupation of Japan, Gen. Douglas MacArthur had his share of faults. His temper rattled members of his staff and an open disdain for authority enraged his boss, President Harry S. Truman.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Apr 7, 2002
The trickle-down effect
It's late in Tokyo's Yurakucho district, and the pachinko parlors clustered here have shut off their garish neon signs. The consoles through which the game's trademark metal balls are sent cascading have gone quiet, and the hard-core players who hang on until closing time are scurrying out onto the pavement...
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Apr 7, 2002
A profitable day at the races
The year was 1948: Japan was still recovering from the ravages of war. Bombed-out bridges needed rebuilding, cratered roads needed repaving and railroads had to be relaid. It would cost a fortune, but who would foot the bill?
COMMUNITY
Feb 17, 2002
'Konbini wars' coming to a street corner near you
A young woman running late for a job interview realizes she's forgotten her lipstick. Minutes later, a 70-year-old steps into a store to buy some oolong tea and finds he's out of cash. Turn the clock forward to midnight, and a bachelor steps off the last train home wondering where he can find a bite...

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Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
On Okinawa's Tokashiki Island, life's a beach — one of the best in the world