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Akemi Nakamura
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 13, 2004
Robot suit a culmination of sci-fi dreams
TSUKUBA, Ibaraki Pref. -- Scientist Yoshiyuki Sankai was fascinated in his childhood by robots depicted in the U.S. literary classic "I, Robot" as well as Japanese comic books such as "Cyborg 009" and "Tetsujin No. 28."
JAPAN
Aug 13, 2004
Robot suit a culmination of sci-fi dreams
TSUKUBA, Ibaraki Pref. -- Scientist Yoshiyuki Sankai was fascinated in his childhood by robots depicted in the U.S. literary classic "I, Robot" as well as Japanese comic books such as "Cyborg 009" and "Tetsujin No. 28."
JAPAN
Aug 11, 2004
Education reform plan includes ongoing subsidies
Education Minister Takeo Kawamura formally announced Tuesday an education system reform plan that includes continuing subsidies, allowing local governments to change the number of years students study at elementary and junior high schools and introducing a teaching license renewal system.
JAPAN
Aug 11, 2004
Education reform plan includes ongoing subsidies
Education Minister Takeo Kawamura formally announced Tuesday an education system reform plan that includes continuing subsidies, allowing local governments to change the number of years students study at elementary and junior high schools and introducing a teaching license renewal system.
JAPAN
Aug 4, 2004
Alleged Unit 731 victims' bones still mystery
Fifteen years have passed since human bones were dug up at a construction site in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, linked to the infamous wartime Unit 731, and they remain a mystery that authorities still appear reluctant to resolve.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 4, 2004
Alleged Unit 731 victims' bones still mystery
Fifteen years have passed since human bones were dug up at a construction site in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, linked to the infamous wartime Unit 731, and they remain a mystery that authorities still appear reluctant to resolve.
JAPAN
Jul 30, 2004
Supporters seek asylum for chess legend Fischer in Germany
Supporters of fugitive chess legend Bobby Fischer said Thursday in Tokyo that they are asking several nations, including Germany, to offer the American political asylum.
JAPAN
Jul 30, 2004
Supporters seek asylum for chess legend Fischer in Germany
Supporters of fugitive chess legend Bobby Fischer said Thursday in Tokyo that they are asking several nations, including Germany, to offer the American political asylum.
JAPAN
Jul 28, 2004
Poll finds 5% of high school girls have been raped
One out of every 20 high school girls who took part in a recent survey claimed to have been raped, according to the poll findings released Tuesday.
JAPAN
Jul 16, 2004
South Koreans blast 'distorted' textbook
A group of South Korean residents here urged the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's board of education Thursday not to adopt a controversial junior high school textbook -- which critics say glosses over Japan's wartime atrocities -- for use in a public secondary school that will open in April.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 8, 2004
Lack of continuity in English teaching hit
The introduction of English in elementary school classrooms to help improve fluency in later years is bringing to light a problem that has dogged Japanese educators for years -- how to provide continuity in teaching the language so that students can graduate from university with a conversant level.
JAPAN
May 29, 2004
British ambassador looks to deepen global partnership
Japan and Britain should deepen their partnership on global matters, including dispute settlements, British Ambassador to Japan Stephen Gomersall said in a recent speech in Tokyo.
JAPAN
May 26, 2004
Lawyers, welfare experts to open private shelter for troubled youths
Lawyers and child welfare experts will open a private temporary shelter for about five teenagers on June 1 in Tokyo -- the first facility of its kind in Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 23, 2004
Pyongyang summit falls short for kin of those still missing
Family members of Japanese still missing after being abducted by North Korea expressed indignation Saturday over Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's failure to gain new information regarding their kin.
JAPAN
May 22, 2004
Freed abductees hope Koizumi brings their kin
The five Japanese repatriated in 2002 after being abducted by North Korea in 1978 expressed strong expectations Friday that Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi would return from his trip to Pyongyang with their eight family members.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 7, 2004
Troubled kids find caring for animals good therapy
Problem and abused kids are on the rise and need help from many quarters, not just professional, to turn their lives around, and animals can and do play a therapeutic role to this end, according to an American expert in the field.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 30, 2004
Kimono makes comeback -- in used form
Every once in a while, 27-year-old Junko Nagumo and five companions visit boutiques in upmarket Tokyo districts such as Omotesando and Ginza -- not to buy trendy fashion items but to find inexpensive used kimono.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 26, 2004
Officials agree on global observation framework
Senior officials from more than 40 countries agreed Sunday in Tokyo on the framework of a 10-year plan to integrate global observation systems in order to address environmental threats such as climate change and natural disasters.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 22, 2004
English classes all the rage at elementary schools
Teacher Hideo Iida holds up cards featuring simple images for his 17 second-graders to identify, getting them to name the animals, fruit and other items pictured.
JAPAN
Apr 13, 2004
Chinese, South Koreans top Japanese in English skills
The average English communicative ability of Japanese high school students is below that of their Chinese and South Korean counterparts, according to the results of an international study released Monday in Tokyo.

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