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Masaaki Kameda
Masaaki Kameda is a staff writer for The Japan Times since April 2013, covering education and the metropolitan government. He previously worked for The Japan Times ST, a weekly paper for English learners. His interests include taking photographs and exercising.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Satoyama Consortium
Jun 4, 2018
Co-authors discuss satoyama push
Five years after the release of the book "Satoyama Capitalism," its co-authors spoke about the background behind its publication and shared their thoughts on the ensuing developments at a symposium in Tokyo on May 16.
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / EMBASSY PRESENTS ECO-FRIENDLY LIFESTYLE
Sep 25, 2017
Working to preserve marine environment
At a recent seminar in Tokyo, Swedish embassy officials explained that the Scandinavian country has worked out a unique dialogue inviting major stakeholders to preserve the marine environment and, on the cultural front, offer ideal destinations for ecotourism thanks to its rich natural environment and...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / EMBASSY PRESENTS ECO-FRIENDLY LIFESTYLE
Jul 13, 2017
Palau boasts incredible maritime diversity
Palau has boosted its efforts to preserve its rich maritime environment for generations to come, with some of the measures including the introduction of environmental protection taxes and education for children, an official from the Tokyo branch of the country's tourism office said at a recent seminar...
Japan Times
JAPAN / 50TH ADB ANNUAL MEETING
May 4, 2017
Boost domestic consumption to sustain fiscal growth
Asia's steady economic growth is likely to continue on the back of an upbeat global economy though concerns linger from trade policy uncertainties by the new U.S. administration under the "America-First" stance in addition to tighter immigration control around the world, economists said.
Japan Times
JAPAN / 50TH ADB ANNUAL MEETING
May 4, 2017
Historic treasures at home in modern metropolis
The city of Yokohama has long attracted tourists with its rich tourism resources, based around its unique identity as a port city that opened its doors to the world more than 150 years ago.
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / EMBASSY PRESENTS ECO-FRIENDLY LIFESTYLE
Mar 23, 2017
Ceremony celebrates coffee
Ethiopia's own coffee culture has helped people relish slow living in the nation, with a unique ceremony providing people with lively communication, a lecturer versed in the Northeast African country explained to people at a recent seminar in Tokyo.
Japan Times
JAPAN / G7 ISE-SHIMA SUMMIT SPECIAL
May 25, 2016
Lixil, Saraya working to address hygiene issues
In a bid to save lives and improve the quality of life for millions of people in the world, Japanese companies have worked over the years to improve poor sanitation in developing countries.
Japan Times
JAPAN / GENERATIONAL CHANGE
Apr 3, 2016
Retailer bets on generational links to save Japanese craft industry
Entrepreneur Rika Yajima, 27, worries about the decline in the Japanese traditional craft industry.
JAPAN
Mar 30, 2016
Victims of government-recommended cervical cancer vaccine to sue state, drugmakers
Victims suffering side effects from cervical cancer vaccines that were once recommended by the government announced Wednesday they will file a lawsuit against the state and drugmakers.
JAPAN
Mar 25, 2016
Ministry touts cultural, industry promotion with Japan House diplomacy hubs
The government aims to create a fresh network between Japan and people overseas with the announcement Friday of new diplomacy hubs to promote Japanese culture and industry.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 23, 2016
Japan airport operators step up security, but analysts warn of vulnerabilities
After at least 34 people died in bomb attacks in Brussels, operators of major airports in Japan tighten security.
JAPAN
Mar 20, 2016
French innkeepers share 'minpaku' woes with Japan hoteliers
Operators of hotels and inns wary of the government's plan to deregulate vacation rentals are saying in unison: Look at what happened in France.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 8, 2016
Funassyi character lends support and product license to Tohoku recovery groups
The pear-like character Funassyi may seem at first glance to be from another world, but the unofficial mascot of Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, is starting to make a real difference in this one.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 7, 2016
Japan lists medical facilities suitable for foreign tourists
With tourism hitting all-time highs, the Japan Tourism Agency has compiled a list of medical institutions that are particularly suited for non-Japanese patients.
Japan Times
JAPAN / GENERATIONAL CHANGE
Dec 6, 2015
Entrepreneur envisions world where elderly care is fulfilling work for young people
Amid the government's fight with the issue of Japan's aging society, and concerns over whether it can truly cope with the problems involved — including worker shortages in the nursing care sector — one young entrepreneur may have found the key.
Japan Times
JAPAN / CHARITY DRIVE 2015
Dec 3, 2015
Kyoto group gives Afghan women literacy classes
Kyoto-based Nippon International Cooperation for Community Development has provided literacy education to about 2,800 women in Afghanistan over the past five years.
Japan Times
JAPAN / CHARITY DRIVE 2015
Dec 3, 2015
Priest's aid effort provide education in rural Cambodia
A Japanese nonprofit organization committed to helping disadvantaged Cambodian children receive an education celebrated the completion of its 19th school there in February.
Japan Times
JAPAN / EXPLAINER
Nov 30, 2015
Stress test to join annual health checks as mental problems rise in corporate Japan
In light of the nationwide rise in mental health problems, the Industrial Safety and Health Law was revised last year to oblige companies to offer annual "stress checks" to employees starting Tuesday.
JAPAN
Nov 19, 2015
Despite terror attacks close by, Japanese student will stay in Paris
A Japanese graduate student who lives in a Paris suburb that police raided in connection to last week's terrorist attacks will stay in France, even though he said he was scared he might have been caught up in the trouble.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 12, 2015
Medical bodies launch system to track laparoscopic surgeries
In response to last year's scandal in which a number of patients died after undergoing laparoscopic liver surgery, two key medical bodies have introduced a system to track such procedures to ensure safety and transparency.

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People wait for the main act to begin at Summer Sonic, which holds simultaneous music festivals for those in Tokyo and Osaka.
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