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Tomohiro Osaki
Tomohiro Osaki is a staff writer in the Domestic News Division. A graduate of Sophia University in Tokyo, he likes to explore under-reported realities of Japanese youth, with a tendency toward the taboo.
For Tomohiro Osaki's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 25, 2022
'Work without limits': Japan's teachers battle for change
Educators say they are reaching a breaking point regarding overwork, and some have challenged the issue through lawsuits.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 9, 2022
Nissan hikes forecasts on weak yen despite falling unit sales
Nissan also reported a one-time loss in the period of approximately u00a5100 billion 'in connection with the withdrawal from the Russian market.'
Japan Times
LIFE
Oct 22, 2022
'Buddhabot speaking': AI-powered assistant offers spiritual wisdom
The software has been programmed to memorize around 1,000 teachings from Buddhist texts such as the Sutta Nipata and Dhammapada.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Oct 21, 2022
'Robbing women': Japan's sperm donation law spurs controversy
A draft of the new law shows that it would only authorize the process for legally married couples, mostly those affected by male infertility.
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS
Sep 25, 2022
Floyd Mayweather knocks out Mikuru Asakura in exhibition fight
The former world champion floored his Japanese opponent at the end of the second round to cap off the latest of his lucrative post-retirement exhibitions.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 30, 2022
We're hiring: Babies wanted for Japan nursing home
New recruits at the facility must be under four years old, and their guardians have to sign a contract stipulating that the babies and can show up for work 'whenever they feel like it.'
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 3, 2022
Lawyers decry ban on 'menacing' eyewear at Japan prison
The glasses risked 'intimidating and inviting derision from' other prisoners, the jail in Hokkaido has been quoted as saying.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jul 28, 2022
'A new chapter of my life began': A child of Japan's 'baby hatch' speaks out
Koichi Miyatsu was only a toddler when he was placed in the hatch at a hospital in Kumamoto, where children can be left anonymously by desperate family members.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jul 28, 2022
Japan's 'baby hatch' hospital offers mothers a 'last resort'
In all, 161 babies and toddlers have been left at the facility — with some coming from the Tokyo region, some 1,000 kilometers away, and beyond.
Japan Times
LIFE
Jun 23, 2022
Yours sincerely: singles charmed by Japanese letter-writing campaign
Singles in Miyazaki are being encouraged to put pen to paper in a low-tech search for their soulmate, part of municipal efforts to boost the low birth rate.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Explainer
Jan 4, 2022
What's next for English-language education in Japan?
English has been at the heart of discussions over nationwide university entrance exams amid growing frustrations that few Japanese students learn to speak the language fluently.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech / Longform
Dec 20, 2021
How Twitter moderates content in Japan
Japan's top social media platform is drawing increased scrutiny about its operations, particularly in the wake of several high-profile cyberharassment incidents.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 9, 2021
Japanese scientists warn vaccines may be less effective against the omicron variant
The findings came after a fourth omicron case was found Wednesday in a man in his 50s who arrived in Japan from Nigeria.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Nov 26, 2021
Black Friday sales make inroads in Japan, but not all retailers are buying in
Public recognition of the retail bonanza has soared in recent years, with major franchises rolling out discount campaigns.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 21, 2021
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike returns to duty after speculation of ill health and resignation
Koike, 69, visited the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building to attend an online meeting of the National Governors' Association on Sunday, marking a full resumption of her duties.
Japan Times
JAPAN / OBITUARY
Nov 14, 2021
Jakucho Setouchi: A freewheeling nun who bucked conventional norms for women
Prior to beginning her religious journey in 1973, Jakucho Setouchi established herself first and foremost as a writer — and a controversial one at that.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 1, 2021
Suspect in Tokyo Halloween attack deliberately targeted a crowded train
Sunday's incident has restarted a debate about what train operators can reasonably do to stop attacks by armed individuals.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 31, 2021
Japanese citizens living overseas face high hurdles to vote
Sunday's general election underscored anew the plight of overseas voters, whose abilities to vote were compromised like never before by the pandemic and Kishida's election strategy.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 26, 2021
Princess Mako weds after drawn-out engagement drama
In tying the knot with her college sweetheart, the princess relinquished her royal status and brought closure to a four-year engagement saga marred by scandal and public backlash.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Oct 24, 2021
Is Taro Kono politically dead?
Effectively demoted after his unsuccessful LDP leadership bid, the former vaccine czar needs to maintain his public popularity while hoping the party's views move closer to his own.

Longform

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