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Akemi Nakamura
For Akemi Nakamura's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 23, 2008
Death penalty ruling marks dramatic shift
Tuesday's ruling in which a 27-year-old man was sentenced to death for the 1999 murders of a mother and her infant daughter in Yamaguchi Prefecture marks a major judicial change, according to legal experts.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 22, 2008
Volunteer DIY group puts a touch of earth into prefabs
On a rainy day in late March, a group of people were making material to apply to the walls of a two-story concrete house going up in the city of Musashino in Tokyo.
JAPAN
Apr 12, 2008
Hospital doctors feeling the strain
Whenever Naoshi Tamura is on a night shift at Ota Hospital in Tokyo, the surgeon works 36 consecutive hours with little sleep, seeing patients during the daytime and treating those transported to the emergency room at night.
JAPAN / EXPLAINER
Apr 8, 2008
National holidays trace roots to China, ancients, harvests
Golden Week is approaching, covering four national holidays from late April to early May.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 29, 2008
Stations, refineries brace for impact of lower pump prices
With higher gas taxes set to expire, Kazuo Yaginuma, spokesman for a gasoline station business, has been fielding a lot of phone calls lately from reporters asking what the impact might be.
JAPAN
Mar 27, 2008
State to be sued by hepatitis B carriers, who top 1 million
In the wake of the recent ground-breaking out-of-court settlement with people who contracted hepatitis C from tainted blood products, the government will face a fresh legal battle waged by hepatitis B carriers.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Q&A
Mar 25, 2008
Is it throwing good money after bad to keep Shinginko Tokyo afloat?
Shinginko Tokyo, Japan's first bank created by a local government, was set up by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in April 2004 and started operations a year later to realize Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara's pet idea of supporting struggling small and medium-size companies in the capital. With many of its loans having soured, however, the metro government is now trying to bail out the ailing bank by injecting an additional ¥40 billion in taxpayer money.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Mar 20, 2008
'We did not leave anything positive,' says ex-radical
The student movement that began to protest revising the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty in 1960 was 7 years old when Yasuhiro Uegaki entered Hirosaki University in Aomori Prefecture in April 1967. The campus in northern Japan was still quiet, and the physics student was indifferent to politics.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 14, 2008
Back to square one after a lifetime of work
With spring comes the annual wage negotiations, when unions press employers for higher pay. These days, however, an increasing number of the workers at the bargaining table are themselves in the autumn of life — 60 or older.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 11, 2008
Media now gun-shy in Miura reportage
Ryo Sakamoto, a former editor of the major tabloid newspaper Tokyo-Sports, remembers the media frenzy in the 1980s over the case of Kazuyoshi Miura.
Japan Times
JAPAN / MIXED MATCHES
Mar 8, 2008
Pair practice art of collaboration in life, work
Designers Yoshiko Tajima and Ansgar Vollmer met and fell in love while students at Koeln International School of Design in Cologne, Germany.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 21, 2008
Loss of father to ALS inspires play about disease
The death of their father a decade ago gave Rumi and Takuya Iryo a new goal in their lives — raising public awareness of the disease he died from, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
JAPAN
Feb 21, 2008
Reporter loses bid to clear his name over secret Okinawa reversion deal
The Tokyo High Court rejected a damages suit Wednesday by a former journalist who claimed his reputation was ruined by an illegal conviction over his reporting on Japan's secret agreement with the U.S. to pay for the reversion of Okinawa in 1972.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 1, 2008
Film looks at '72 Asama ultraleftists
More than 30 years after Japan's student movement, a new film by Koji Wakamatsu aims to shed some light on the 1972 Asama Mountain Lodge incident perpetrated by the United Red Army ultraleftist group.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 29, 2008
McDonald's told to pay overtime to manager
The Tokyo District Court ordered McDonald's Holdings Co. (Japan) Ltd. Monday to pay ¥7.55 million in overtime allowance and "additional pay" to a manager at one of its outlets.
JAPAN
Jan 25, 2008
Cram school in public junior high gets metro nod
The Tokyo Metropolitan board of education said Thursday that an expensive cram school for elite students that critics say will create inequalities in education can open at a public junior high school in Suginami Ward.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 24, 2008
New cram school blurs public and private line
Cram schools have long played an important complementary role to classroom education, but a new type opening Saturday in Suginami Ward, Tokyo, is causing a stir among educators.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 23, 2008
Temple hands remains of Korean war dead to kin
More than 60 years after the war, 50 South Koreans can finally take the remains of their loved ones home.
Japan Times
JAPAN / EXPLAINER
Jan 15, 2008
Japan, Brazil mark a century of settlement, family ties
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of a Japanese migration to Brazil. In 1908, hundreds of farmers moved to the South American country, dreaming of making their fortunes there before returning to their hometowns.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 11, 2008
Billing Catch-22 traps patients
On Oct. 6, 2005, when Nobuhito Kiyosato went to the Kanagawa Cancer Center, where he had been treated for kidney cancer since 2001, he was told there would be a major change in his treatment.

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
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