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Sayo Sasaki
For Sayo Sasaki's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Dec 8, 2015
'Stroller dance' helps socially isolated Japanese moms get back into swing of life
Babies were crying as their mothers limbered up for something unusual at Tokyo's Yoyogi National Stadium in November. There was good reason for the unease: Five thousand people were in the audience.
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Oct 9, 2013
TPP talks end upbeat but year-end deadline uncertain
The 12 Pacific Rim countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations declared they have made significant progress as they wrapped up a series of meetings Tuesday in Bali, Indonesia, but whether they can meet their target of concluding a deal by the end of the year is still uncertain.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Sep 10, 2013
Japan's inclusion in FTA talks 'changes balance'
As a major economy with considerable influence in the Asia-Pacific region, Japan has a key role to play in setting the rules in multiple regional free trade agreements, the head of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation secretariat said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 29, 2013
More competitors urgently needed: iRobot tech chief
The technology chief of major U.S. robotics firm iRobot Corp. wants Sony Corp. to resume its robot business and hopes more Japanese makers will turn out commercial units to encourage investment in the industry.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Jul 26, 2013
Japan's entry seen giving TPP talks weight, dynamics
Japan's entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade negotiations has significantly boosted the economic scale of the envisioned pact, but it has also brought new complexity to the multilateral talks that have been strongly influenced by the world's leading economy, the United States.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
Apr 23, 2013
TPP entry green light marks start of tough trade talks
As the two-day ministerial meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum ended Sunday in Indonesia with calls to promote free-trade initiatives, Japan gained unanimous backing to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks from the 11 APEC economies involved.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 8, 2012
Tohoku car sector sees signs of growth
For Matsushita Toso, a small auto surface treatment company in Tome, Miyagi Prefecture, the shiny black metal parts hanging at its newly introduced line are a sign of the auto industry's growth and recovery from the March 11 disasters.
BUSINESS
Jan 5, 2012
Ghosn expects growth in '12 but urges more work on yen
Nissan Motor Co. President Carlos Ghosn expects Japan to grow in 2012 on recovery from last year's devastating tsunami, although he cautioned that curbing the yen's strength is crucial since it is already resulting in job losses and a hollowing out of industries.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 1, 2011
Bunnies bounce in Year of Rabbit
A sunny weekend in Yokohama finds a small room packed with young visitors eager to get to the dozen metal cages lined up on a shelf.
JAPAN
Aug 4, 2010
Antiwar director, 98, still carries message
While it's not uncommon for film directors to work into their senior years, not many have managed to maintain the will and physical strength to continue to age 98.
JAPAN
Mar 9, 2010
Aum victim keeps memory alive via film
Shizue Takahashi is painfully aware that for many people, 15 years is long enough for memories to fade and for a generation to grow up with little knowledge of the trauma she and thousands of others suffered in 1995.
JAPAN
Feb 27, 2010
A perfect place for fostering peace
The atomic bombing of Hiroshima 65 years ago has been told from one generation to another in numerous ways, but Academy Award-winning film director and producer Malcolm Clarke is attempting a different approach.
JAPAN
Jan 17, 2010
Kobe archivist stops memories of '95 quake fading
KOBE — Forgetting the massive earthquake 15 years ago that devastated Kobe and its vicinity would be hard for those who lived through it, but keeping memories alive and sharing them with others can be equally difficult.
JAPAN
Jan 14, 2010
Still loud, clear 15 years on
KOBE — The Radio FM YY studio looks like a miniature version of Kobe and the city's more than 43,000 foreign nationals from about 120 countries.
JAPAN
Dec 31, 2009
All for the love of wearing kimono
in position. Others had sewn a Christmas-themed cloth together and made it into an obi or painted a snowman on a kimono jacket to suit the season. "You don't have to pay millions to enjoy kimono," said Kyoya, pointing out another female participant, who jokingly said the total amount she paid for her full ensemble, including sandals, was "cheaper than buying clothes at Uniqlo."
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 17, 2009
Ex-gov. Tanaka challenges a New Komeito stronghold
AMAGASAKI — While the Japanese public's attention is intensely fixed on which party takes the lower house in the upcoming election, the race had seemed more like a done deal to voters in an industrial city in western Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 3, 2009
Shizuoka race lights up national landscape
SHIZUOKA (Kyodo) Electing a governor in Shizuoka is normally regarded as just another local race, but campaigning this time around is feeling a lot more heated with national analysts touting it as a weather vane ahead of the general election.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 21, 2006
Japan praised for ICC backing
Japan's recent announcement that it intends to join the Rome Statute, the international treaty that established the International Criminal Court, came as good news for ICC Judge Hans-Peter Kaul.
JAPAN
Sep 23, 2006
Lawyers to hold concert, sing praises of Article 9
A group of some 30 lawyers will fight to preserve Article 9 of the Constitution by giving a choral performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, which is dedicated to world peace and happiness. The concert is an effort to draw attention to political moves to revise the article, which renounces war.

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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.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on