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For Kazuaki Nagata's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
JAPAN
Mar 8, 2008
Overseas citizens' groups prepare G8 strategy
As the Group of Eight summit approaches in July, leaders of overseas citizens' groups got together Friday in Tokyo to prepare countermeasures for the upcoming annual meeting of the major developed countries near Lake Toya, Hokkaido.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 1, 2008
Second Harvest gives YMCA school kids food for thought
If you're getting enough food to eat each day, consider yourself lucky. Many others, even in wealthy countries like Japan, routinely go hungry.
Japan Times
JAPAN / EXPLAINER
Feb 26, 2008
Japan needs imports to keep itself fed
After a spate of food mislabeling frauds and the recent scare over pesticide-laced "gyoza" dumplings imported from China, consumers are perhaps more conscious than ever of the origin of what they eat. Many routinely check the origins of the foods they buy, especially imported products, which Japan relies heavily upon.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 11, 2008
Sweets makers using more than chocolate to woo
Valentine's Day, whose star product is chocolate, is no longer a business opportunity for Western-style producers only.
JAPAN
Feb 8, 2008
Immigration-abuse suit is dismissed by court
The Tokyo District Court dismissed a lawsuit Thursday filed by three foreigners who demanded ¥31.66 million in combined compensation from the government for physical abuse, emotional suffering and medical neglect allegedly inflicted at the hands of immigration officials.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 7, 2008
Japanese slurping up U.S. chef's ramen
Tucked away in a quiet shopping district in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, an American is fulfilling an unlikely ambition.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 1, 2008
Give a guy a mike to proclaim his love
The power of love seemed to prevail over the chilly, windy weather as dozens of men shouted out to express their love for their special ones Thursday evening at Hibiya Park in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 1, 2008
Food-inspection system has many holes
Food inspectors and consumers on Thursday questioned the effectiveness of food importing regulations after large amounts of organophosphate in frozen "gyoza" dumplings made in China were blamed for sickening scores of people nationwide.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 26, 2008
Gaza kids key victims of the 'man-made disaster'
As the suffering of the people in the Gaza Strip worsens, it is "doing terrible damage to children who are growing up in an atmosphere of hopelessness, pure hopelessness," said Geraldine Shawa, director of Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children, a Palestinian nonprofit organization in Gaza City.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 25, 2008
Paloma fatal defect suit starts
The mother of a university student who died of carbon monoxide poisoning in 2005 accused Paloma Industries Ltd. and parent Paloma Co. of failing to stop unauthorized modifications of their gas-powered water heaters that they knew were defective, as the manufacturer's Tokyo District Court negligence suit opened Thursday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / ALSO OUT THERE
Jan 23, 2008
Mobage-town a rising-star site of mobile users, but filters loom
Just when mobile phone users may have thought the worldwide proliferation of video games and social networking services into the popular culture left little room for radical new tacks, the combination of the two has opened up new avenues.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 18, 2008
Interacting with locals called key role in eco-tourism
Eco-tourism can play a significant role in energizing communities, according to panelists at a recent symposium held in Tokyo by the National Ecotourism Center, which was created in August.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 13, 2008
Canine style unleashed as dogs hit catwalks in Tokyo
These days, dogs want to be in fashion, too.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 9, 2008
Day-care centers for sick kids few, strapped
It's a dilemma many working parents face when their children fall ill.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 4, 2008
A delicious mix of technology and sweets
Futuristic technology has come to sweets.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 3, 2008
'Fukubukuro' hunters rise early to bag their prey at nation's shops
With the new year comes the season of shopping extravaganzas.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 30, 2007
Mourners for Bhutto visit envoy
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination has stunned people around the world, including in Tokyo, where scores have been visiting the Pakistani ambassador's residence to sign a book of condolence.
JAPAN / MIXED MATCHES
Dec 29, 2007
Distance fails to dent couple's relationship
David Backof, a native of Miami, was a college student in New Orleans when his friend suggested they apply together for teaching jobs in Japan. Not knowing what he wanted to do after graduation, he agreed.
JAPAN
Dec 26, 2007
Firm reneges on promised jobs for Nova teachers
whether they would be able to be re-employed or not," she said. "We had to believe the company as much as possible because we wanted to regain a sense of security as soon as possible." National Union of General Workers Tokyo Nambu, a Tokyo-based labor union whose ranks include many ex-Nova teachers, also decried G.education's sudden announcement.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 15, 2007
Shibuya to rent land to fill demand from green thumbs
Not many people go to Shibuya to commune with nature, but starting in spring, gardening and farming might see a boom in one of Tokyo's most populous wards.

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