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Ruth Pollard
For Ruth Pollard's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Telecoms giant KDDI plans with Mitsubishi to take convenience store operator Lawson private could help it as it currently stands behind FamilyMart and Seven & I Holdings in a three-horse race.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Feb 14, 2024
There are clouds on the horizon in Japan’s 'conbini-land'
Industry consolidation has pushed minor players out of the conbini game.
Mourners at a funeral on Nov. 19 carry the body of a Palestinian shot dead earlier during a raid by Israeli forces on a refugee camp near the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem.
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 29, 2023
While Gaza burns, the West Bank is at a boiling point
Mideast violence spreads beyond Gaza into the West Bank causing the U.S. to take a stand against extremist Israeli settlers.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 5, 2023
Just how dangerous are India’s generic drugs? Very.
The red flags for Indian drugs have been there for years. The world deserves much better than contaminated medicine and children poisoned by cough syrup.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Sep 27, 2022
Shinzo Abe’s funeral furor is Japan’s most unedifying debate
Partisan bickering over Shinzo Abe's state memorial was an embarrassment for the nation on the world stage.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
May 6, 2022
India’s heatwaves are testing the limits of human survival
Each summer in India is a fresh roll of the dice on whether a freak event will occur that leads to a vast number of deaths.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 22, 2022
Rape: The war crime that goes mostly unpunished
Whatu2019s happening in Ukraine is one of the worst large-scale campaigns of sexual violence in war since Islamic Stateu2019s attacks on the Yezidi minority in Iraq in 2014.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 20, 2022
The West forgot about the Pacific Islands. China didn’t.
A crucial World War II battle was fought in the Solomons. Itu2019s now the focus of the latest Pacific power struggle.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 16, 2022
Is the civilian resistance tipping the balance in Myanmar?
"Myanmar has been in a state of civil war for a long time, but until now it has been limited to certain territories and ethnic regions. Now, even the Bamar heartland is in conflict.u201d
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 28, 2022
The second drone age is here and it’s a free-for-all
Drones have opened the door to weaponized artificial intelligence, algorithmic and robotic warfare and loosened human control over the deployment of lethal force.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 11, 2022
Djokovic debacle exposes Australia’s xenophobic policies
The furor over Novak Djokovic's COVID-19-related detention has brought to global attention the nationu2019s strict immigration policies.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 2, 2021
Out of Texas, a cowboy solution to an Afghan crisis
The informal currency swap will prop up a small part of the Afghan economy but certainly wonu2019t be enough to prevent the country from slipping into full-blown famine this winter.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 11, 2021
Diplomats dither while millions of people starve
Afghans are trapped between a radical Islamist group and a global community apparently content to sit back and let their aid-dependent country plunge into crisis.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 19, 2021
Starvation is as much a threat to Afghan women as the Taliban
In an aid-dependent economy already in deep trouble, the removal of tens of thousands female workers, many supporting large families, will only add to those facing hunger.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 27, 2021
The coming carnage between the Taliban and their jihadist rivals
IS has argued that the Talibanu2019s actions werenu2019t so much a conquest as a takeover coordinated with the U.S. and that its violent path to victory over the West is the right way.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 12, 2021
The world told Afghan women it had their backs — it doesn’t
More women and children were killed and wounded in Afghanistan in the first half of 2021 than in the first six months of any year since records began in 2009.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
May 18, 2021
‘Entire families’ wiped out as COVID-19 ravages rural India
As leaders in Delhi struggle to contain the crisis, horrifying scenes are playing out across the country.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Apr 28, 2021
‘It’s like a war’: Inside an India hospital desperate for oxygen
The worldu2019s fastest-growing virus surge now threatens to spawn new variants that undermine efforts in more developed countries to vaccinate the public and get back to life as normal.

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At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation