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Kayoko Kimura
For Kayoko Kimura's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 25, 2018
Japan's indigenous Ainu sue to bring their ancestors' bones back home
Activist group's hardball tactics expose rifts in the Ainu community over the fate of bones held at universities.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 6, 2017
Lawyers attempt to fill in the gaps in the GSDF's heavily redacted South Sudan PKO logs
Lawyers poring over the activity logs that led to the defense minister's exit suspect that redactions point to illegal activities.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Voices / FOREIGN AGENDA
Dec 9, 2015
Sexual harassment at bōnenkai, inept handling, a suicide
Hokkaido Shimbun case shows how far Japan still has to go to safeguard women's rights in the workplace.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE FOREIGN ELEMENT
Nov 18, 2015
Retracing forced laborers' journey, Koreans finally bring their loved ones home from Hokkaido
A decade-long effort by civic groups in Japan and South Korea culminates in a 3,500-km journey to bring back the remains of wartime forced laborers.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Voices / FOREIGN AGENDA
Mar 4, 2015
Stance on 'comfort women' undermines fight to end wartime sexual violence
The prime minister's declarations on preventing sexual violence in wartime fly in the face of his government's refusal to recognize Japan's responsibilities toward the "comfort women."
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jul 8, 2014
Ainu restaurant offers a delicious cultural excursion
Spring usually comes in early May in Hokkaido, and it is high season to pick sansai, or edible wild mountain plants. Among them, the Alpine leek — kitopiro in Japanese and pukusa in the native Ainu language — is the most attractive.

Longform

Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves