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Akemi Nakamura
For Akemi Nakamura's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 18, 2005
New lodgings let parents be near sick kids
YOKOHAMA -- Naomi Toyama didn't hesitate when she agreed to take her 16-month-old son, Keisuke, from Okinawa to Yokohama for a month to receive an advanced operation to cure a congenital disease.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Aug 9, 2005
Visiting U.K. students compare notes on war
As Japan prepares to mark the 60th anniversary of the Aug. 15 end of World War II, 24 British high school students are working to promote mutual understanding by holding exchanges on wartime history with Japanese people.
Japan Times
JAPAN / 60 YEARS AND ONWARD
Aug 7, 2005
Textbook fight not as simple as it seems
When a public junior high school teacher in Tokyo teaches about Japan's acts of wartime aggression, some of her students ask why they should feel responsible for what people did 60 years ago.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 28, 2005
Welfare firms training foreign caregivers
Annie Watanabe took part last month in a role-playing exercise with other Filipino students, learning both how to feed a bedridden patient and how to be cared for.
JAPAN
Jul 16, 2005
Medicine group goes after sleeping sickness in Africa
A group supplying drugs to the poor in developing nations signed an agreement Friday in Tokyo with the Kitasato Institute to conduct a joint project to develop a cure for sleeping sickness, currently spreading across Africa.
JAPAN
Jun 30, 2005
Lost ITER bid elicits mixed reactions
With Tuesday's decision for France to host the multibillion-dollar experimental ITER nuclear fusion reactor, many experts predict Europe will take the lead in developing the promising energy source.
JAPAN
Jun 25, 2005
Working women campaign to end indirect gender bias
An Osaka-based group of working women demanded Friday that the government change the law to ban indirect discrimination against females in the workplace.
JAPAN
Jun 18, 2005
Cambodia school intrusion raises security scrutiny here anew
Thursday's deadly hostage-taking by four intruders at an international school in Cambodia has further driven home the need for schools in Japan to assess whether they have taken adequate security measures.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 18, 2005
Muslim-American author takes aim at stereotypes
Concerned about the negative images of Muslims being generated by the actions of terrorist extremists in recent years, Muslim-American author Asma Gull Hasan said average Muslims, including those in Japan, need to speak up so people gain a fair understanding of Islam.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 11, 2005
Vinegar fad shows no signs of souring as more take to drinking it straight up
Japanese tend to be quick to warm to a new fad and just as fast to abandon it.
JAPAN
Jun 1, 2005
Sex offender tracking system seen as start
The National Police Agency starts a new system Wednesday to keep track of convicted child molesters after their release from prison, in hopes it will help reduce sex crimes against children.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 21, 2005
Japan tour firms catering to disabled foreigners
English-language tours may be increasingly commonplace in Japan, but programs for disabled foreign tourists are still few and far between.
JAPAN
Apr 6, 2005
Screening preceded by state bid to unify thought
The Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry on Tuesday released the results of its screening of textbooks for use in junior high schools from next April.
JAPAN
Apr 6, 2005
Ministry screeners approve contentious history texts
The education ministry on Tuesday approved 103 textbooks for use in junior high schools from next April, including a revised version of a contentious history book criticized for glossing over Japan's wartime aggression.
Japan Times
JAPAN / 10 YEARS AFTER
Jan 21, 2005
Quake-preparedness a patchwork effort
The thicket of wood houses and small shops that line the warren of alleys just east of Tokyo's Sumida River in the Higashi-Mukojima 1-chome district has been deemed "highly dangerous" by disaster-preparedness authorities.
Japan Times
JAPAN / 10 YEARS AFTER
Jan 20, 2005
Niigata quake draws flood of volunteers
OJIYA, Niigata Pref. -- Shinichi Kusajima set off for Kobe on Jan. 20, 1995, just three days after the Great Hanshin Earthquake hit the port city and surrounding areas.
JAPAN
Jan 20, 2005
Displaced long to return home, get back on track
store, but (once it's spring), we'll be able to start plowing our fields." The strong earthquakes that hit the Chuetsu region of the prefecture on Oct. 23 displaced thousands of residents.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 13, 2005
Flesh traders targeting Western women
A 23-year-old Russian woman became intrigued with the idea of working as a hostess in Japan a few years ago after a friend returned home flush with cash from hostessing and opened a boutique.
JAPAN
Jan 4, 2005
Stay-with-parents crowd balks at common-law life
needs to do away with the stigma that society puts on illegitimate children. In addition, the government should improve public support for single mothers," she said. "It's good to have a society with less pressure on people to live standardized lifestyles."
Japan Times
JAPAN / DEMOGRAPHIC DILEMMAS
Jan 4, 2005
Marital expectations help ensure singles ranks soar
She's a 38-year-old Tokyo working woman, enjoys single life, drives a sports car and dines at gourmet restaurants.

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