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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 / ANALYSIS
Feb 25, 2021
Japan's ties with Myanmar put to the test after military coup
Tokyo has been cautious about implementing sanctions on the Myanmar regime to avoid jeopardizing the relationship it has built with military leaders over decades.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 21, 2021
As suicides rise amid the pandemic, Japan takes steps to tackle loneliness
What constitutes loneliness is a trickier question in Japan, where the overarching term "kodoku" has been used to describe both loneliness and solitude, essentially lumping them together.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 1, 2021
Glitches and design flaws limit value of Japan's COVID-19 tracing app
As a third wave of infections overwhelms contact tracers at public health centers, many are leaning more heavily on the state-developed COCOA app. But is it up to the task?
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 22, 2021
New panel to probe growing use of marijuana and stiffen draconian pot law
Under the Cannabis Control Law, owners and growers of the illicit plant already face up to seven years of imprisonment.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Jan 19, 2021
Access denied: Virus third wave forces hand of Japan's medical system
u201cThe fact that there are people dying after being sent home to recuperate is testament to the severity of the situation weu2019re in,u201d Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike told reporters.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 4, 2021
Stuck in Japan amid pandemic, trio of South American artists find fame and sisterhood
Teresa Currea, Clara Campos and Oriana Marin have fostered lifelong friendships and even become local celebrities.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Dec 27, 2020
'DM if interested': Sperm donors in Japan operate in a gray zone
With the system discouraging the use of donated semen, those who desperately want children are often left to look at less conventional routes to conception.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Dec 24, 2020
Demand for private COVID-19 testing surges ahead of New Year's holiday
Many planning visits home are hoping to take precautions before they go, even as the health ministry warns of the pitfalls of unofficial testing.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Dec 23, 2020
In Japan, children of sperm donors want to know their ancestry
Donor-conceived offspring are increasingly taking issue with the anonymity conferred on donors by medical institutions, citing a global trend toward giving access to information.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 9, 2020
Former agricultural minister’s graft scandal sparks conversation about animal welfare in Japan
Allegations of bribery illustrate the lengths to which the poultry industry went to preserve its decades-old, yet globally criticized practice of confining egg-laying hens in small cages.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 7, 2020
Travelers to Japan are using public transit after arrival, and that's a problem
Lax enforcement of rules stopping travelers from overseas using trains and buses from airports is becoming a vulnerability in Japan's efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Nov 22, 2020
Japan faces balancing act over virus clusters among foreign nationals
Talk of the issue underlines the delicate balance the government is trying to strike between stopping foreign communities from becoming hot spots and preventing discrimination.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Nov 15, 2020
Japan's male babysitters battle stigma and stereotypes
A series of high-profile cases involving pedophiles has left agencies struggling to balance child protection against discrimination.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 4, 2020
Desire to see Trump ousted prods Gen Z voters in Japan to back Biden
Focus on police brutality, climate change and LGBTQ equality drives opposition to U.S. president among Temple University students, but endorsement of Biden only lukewarm.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 29, 2020
Japan's specialist cleaners find new purpose and demand in pandemic
Usually tasked with cleaning up the aftermath of suicide, the squalor of derelict houses and post-disaster debris, the virus has created a boom for the niche industry.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 15, 2020
Japan boosts checks on Chinese students amid fears of campus spying
Compared to a crackdown by Washington, measures by Tokyo are baby steps, but many believe it is vital to follow the U.S. lead in order to safeguard Japan's universities.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 4, 2020
'Shocking discrimination': Japan's sex industry cries foul over exclusion from government aid
A lawsuit has ignited a debate over whether the sector should qualify for subsidies, laying bare a deep-seated distrust of an industry often associated with immorality.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 27, 2020
As the new administrative reform minister, Taro Kono declares war on fax machines
Kono said his ongoing crusade against hanko will go a long way toward phasing out the nationu2019s entrenched fixation on fax.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Sep 21, 2020
Meet Japan's new top government spokesman, same as the last one
Some believe what appealed most to Yoshihide Suga about Katsunobu Kato, the new chief Cabinet secretary, is how much he resembles the new prime minister.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 17, 2020
Nobuo Kishi, Abe's younger brother, seeks to carve out new role as Japan's defense chief
Past statements suggest the 61-year-old is aligned with his brother ideologically, having spent his career championing hawkish attitudes in defense and diplomacy.

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