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Akemi Nakamura
For Akemi Nakamura's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 28, 2007
Is environmental protection in the (pay-per) bag?
Like many other customers at the OK Jumbo Sagan supermarket, Kumiko Fujimoto saves at least 6 yen by taking her own bag to the Tokyo store.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 19, 2007
Rainy Tokyo Marathon draws 30,000 from around the world
time limit of seven hours. I wish I could run." The participants were picked by lot after 95,000 people applied for one of the largest marathons in Asia.
JAPAN
Feb 16, 2007
Archaic child registry law bio-illogical
A recently remarried woman who gave birth two months ago has become ensnarled by an outdated Civil Code that says she must register her baby as the child of her ex-husband, who is not biologically related.
JAPAN / Q&A
Jan 20, 2007
How safe is our food? -- Some answers
With the revelations last week that Fujiya Co. had been using expired ingredients in its products, concerns about food safety are growing. Below are answers to some questions about sanitation rules and the Fujiya scandal.
JAPAN
Jan 16, 2007
Independent body proposed to monitor education boards
An advisory group on education reform urged the government Monday to form a third-party body tasked with keeping an eye on local boards of education to improve the national education system.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 3, 2007
Principal draws on his business savvy to run school
First of three parts Kazuhiro Fujihara had a long career at major publisher Recruit Co. launching businesses, including setting up a firm that makes trading cards for the popular cartoon character Pokemon and launching a magazine in 1995 aimed at buyers and sellers of used goods.
JAPAN
Dec 30, 2006
Surrogacy hard to take root here
will go overseas." Journalist Miho Hirai, who wrote a book on surrogacy in March, agreed, saying any government that forces couples to secretly opt for surrogacy ignores the minority and "bullies the weak."
JAPAN
Dec 30, 2006
Surrogacy hard to take root here
will go overseas." Journalist Miho Hirai, who wrote a book on surrogacy in March, agreed, saying any government that forces couples to secretly opt for surrogacy ignores the minority and "bullies the weak."
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 27, 2006
Aneha seen as just part of problem
Architect Haruyasu Kawaguchi thought something was wrong when he looked at the blueprints and concrete pillars of a condominium high-rise in Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture. This was on Nov. 22, 2005, for a TV program, a few days after a major shoddy construction scam was revealed.
JAPAN
Dec 15, 2006
Women unite to confront job woes
, which will open its doors on Jan. 20 in Tokyo, will look at how women are treated in the workplace, including sexual harassment, unfair wages, long overtime and sudden dismissal, and propose ways for the government to improve conditions. The group, set up by 100 women, is the first attempt to link different groups that work on women's issues and will refer women seeking help to places where they can get assistance, said ACW2 head Midori Ito, an executive member of Women's Trade Union Tokyo.
JAPAN / CONSUMER LOAN CRACKDOWN
Dec 13, 2006
Will lending law revision put brakes on debt-driven suicide?
First in a series
Japan Times
JAPAN / CONSUMER LOAN CRACKDOWN
Dec 13, 2006
Will lending law revision put brakes on debt-driven suicide?
First in a series
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 24, 2006
Suicides lay bare bullying menace
Eight years ago, Shinichiro and Midori Komori's 15-year-old daughter, Kasumi, committed suicide.
Japan Times
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.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 1, 2006
Hunt for war dead a race against time
and Shoko Okuno talk about the September memorial service they held on New Guinea for their father, who died there amid fighting in 1944, during an Oct. 18 meeting in Yokohama of the nonprofit organization Pacific War History Museum. AKEMI NAKAMURA PHOTO
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 20, 2006
'Chauvinist' group seeks spousal bliss
One Saturday this month, a group of about 20 men in suits and ties gathered in the square in front of JR Shinbashi Station in Tokyo. The occasion? A group declaration of their "Three Principles of Love."
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 12, 2006
Condo owners see dreams shattered in Aneha scandal
When Mitsuhide Taira moved into his 150-sq.-meter condominium in Grand Stage Kawasaki Daishi in November 2004, he thought he had found the perfect place for his wife and him to raise their three preschool-age children.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 7, 2006
Princess Kiko delivers a boy
Princess Kiko, the wife of Prince Akishino, the Emperor's second son, gave birth to a boy Wednesday morning, a long-awaited male heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne.
JAPAN
Sep 7, 2006
Views on succession system remain split
has maintained it for a long time." Six women have reigned in Japan eight times. The last woman on the throne was Empress Go-Sakuramachi in the 18th century.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 2, 2006
Imperial rivalries are grist for media mill
Harumi Kobayashi has been an enthusiastic admirer of the Imperial family for more than a decade. She has followed the royals around the country, greeted them and taken their pictures. In fact, she has become such a familiar face at Imperial events that some members of the family respond specifically to her greetings.

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