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Magdalena Osumi
For Magdalena Osumi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 4, 2022
About 540,000 Japan residents told to evacuate after heavy rain floods homes and roads
Two bridges collapsed as heavy rainfall prompted East Japan Railway to suspend shinkansen services throughout the day between Fukushima and Shinjo, Yamagata Prefecture.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 4, 2022
Japanese researchers to share A-bomb survivors' stories on sidelines of U.N. meet
The University of Tokyo researchers hope the project will help visitors grasp the extent of the damage caused by World War II.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Aug 3, 2022
How to treat and prevent heatstroke
With broiling temperatures across the country, new government guidelines set out what to do based on the severity of symptoms.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 25, 2022
Ticket sales for Studio Ghibli theme park to start Aug. 10
The tickets will be sold using a lottery system via online ticket service Boo-Woo Ticket, followed by a second phase of sales starting Sept. 10.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 22, 2022
COVID vaccine passports to soon be printable at Japan convenience stores
Starting next week, people residing in Japan who have received at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccination will be able to print their vaccine passports at certain convenience stores.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 19, 2022
Osaka Expo's nightmarish mascot given official name
The unusual red and blue mascot has been named Myaku-Myaku after organizers considered 33,000 suggestions from the public.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 7, 2022
Scandal-tainted Ichikawa mayor's furniture auctioned off for ¥3 million
The desk and chair of the former mayor of the city in Chiba Prefecture sold for about 1.5 times its original price.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Jul 6, 2022
Japan's forestry industry tests robots to address labor shortage
If successful, it could increase reforestation in the country and help Japan achieve its carbon neutrality goals.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society / EXPLAINER
Jun 28, 2022
Abortion legal and apolitical in Japan, but cost and consent present barriers
Only expensive surgical procedures are currently available, and in most cases married women must also get spousal consent.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 27, 2022
Mount Fuji to kick off season on July 1 with COVID measures in place
The local governments of Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures, which Mount Fuji straddles, will require hikers to hand in a health check sheet and take their temperature at the fifth station.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 24, 2022
Temperatures in Greater Tokyo area forecast to top 35 C this weekend
With sunny weather and high temperatures forecast for next week, some meteorologists are wondering if the rainy season will end exceptionally early this year.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 23, 2022
Japan aims to up number of international students to 300,000 by 2027
The number of foreign students declined significantly due to COVID-19 and related border controls, and now the education ministry aims to get it back to the pre-pandemic level.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 22, 2022
20,000 foreign nationals in Japan only completed elementary school, census shows
In response, the education ministry is pushing to establish more night schools teaching the country's junior high curriculum.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 17, 2022
Charges against Japan immigration authorities over death of Sri Lankan dropped
Prosecutors have decided to drop all criminal charges against then-senior officials over Ratnayake Liyanage Wishma Sandamali's death on the grounds that they could not be proven.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 16, 2022
Japan to up domestic tourism subsidy when campaign expands in July
The amount will increase from u00a55,000 to as much as u00a58,000 per person, covering both accommodation and transportation fees, after the program is expanded nationwide.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 15, 2022
Why some Japan firms can’t quit Internet Explorer
After nearly 30 years, Microsoft has finished support for the browser, which is set to cause problems for the handful of Japanese organizations still using it.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jun 13, 2022
A third of social recluses are in their 40s and 50s, Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward finds
The wardu2019s survey also showed that 1 in 4 hikikomori had isolated themselves from society and not participated in any social activities for at least a decade.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 10, 2022
Pandemic disruption to children's routines risks unhealthy habits later, researchers say
The team conducted a cross-sectional survey of 11,958 elementary and junior high school students from 48 schools and educational organizations across 14 prefectures in June 2020.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 8, 2022
More Japanese prisons to make products designed by Montbell
Inmates at Abashiri Prison in Hokkaido have already been producing items designed by the outdoor goods firm, and the program's success has led to its expansion.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Explainer
Jun 7, 2022
Five ways to save energy this summer as Japan's bills tick upward
Electricity prices are set to hit the highest level in five years this month on the back of energy market chaos set off by Russiau2019s invasion of Ukraine.

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