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Miyuki Wakabayashi
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 9, 2017
'Maternity harassment' still dogs female lawmakers despite government's empowerment goals
While allowing female employees to take maternity leave is becoming the norm in the nation's private sector, women in politics can still face a storm of criticism even for getting pregnant.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Jul 30, 2017
Indoor smoking ban bill stymied by LDP resistance ahead of Olympics
Legislation planned to address passive smoking by banning lighting up in restaurants is in limbo because of strife between the health ministry and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jul 20, 2017
Books give elementary school pupils wider exposure to LGBT issues
Books aimed at teaching elementary school students about issues concerning the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community have been published recently to deepen understanding about sexual minorities in Japan.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 28, 2013
Luxury train designer went to bat for Kyushu
Yoshio Naka, 38, has never been an avid fan of trains, but he is the man behind the recent dazzling debut of Kyushu Railway Co.'s Seven Stars in Kyushu cruise and sleeper train.
JAPAN
May 26, 2010
Furniture makers look to coddle China's rich
ASAHIKAWA, Hokkaido — Makers of high-end furniture in and around this city in central Hokkaido are planning to expand their sales to rich Chinese, at a time when the domestic furniture industry is losing ground to mass-produced cheap products from China.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 16, 2009
Bloggers gain perks to pitch tourist spots
ASAHIKAWA, Hokkaido (Kyodo) Regional governments are offering bloggers special tour packages in exchange for getting the word out about their local attractions.

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Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals