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Alex K.T. Martin
Alex K.T. Martin is a Tokyo-based journalist and senior writer at The Japan Times, primarily focusing on feature stories. Previously he was a Tokyo correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 6, 2011
ASDF F-15 and pilot missing in the East China Sea
An Air Self-Defense Force F-15 fighter from the Naha Air Base in Okinawa Prefecture apparently went down Tuesday morning in the East China Sea during a training flight and the pilot is listed as missing, Defense Ministry officials in Tokyo said.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 2, 2011
First overseas military base since WWII to open in Djibouti
The Maritime Self-Defense Force will hold an inauguration ceremony Tuesday in Djibouti for Japan's first overseas military base since World War II, a move that Ahmed Araita Ali, Djibouti's ambassador to Japan, describes as an opportunity for Tokyo to play a larger international role in peacekeeping and...
JAPAN
Jun 29, 2011
Reconstruction HQ holds first meet
The government's reconstruction headquarters held its first meeting Tuesday, with Prime Minister Naoto Kan calling for concrete measures to be drawn up to help the devastated northeast recover from the quake and tsunami.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 26, 2011
Red Cross: More Libya aid needed
Four months since a violent uprising swept Libya and split the nation in a civil war, fighting continues between forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi and the opposition seeking to drive him from power.
JAPAN / ANALYSIS
Jun 23, 2011
Japan, U.S. can't manage to shake Futenma headache
High-level security talks between Japan and the United States held Tuesday in Washington canceled the 2014 deadline to move the contentious Futenma air base in Okinawa and highlighted the main issue that is likely to continue complicating the bilateral relationship.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 17, 2011
Don't count Ozawa out until he is
Over the decades he's been dubbed the "shadow shogun," "the destroyer" and "the backroom fixer" for his powerful influence in the political arena and penchant for shaking up governments with his "strong hand."
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 3, 2011
Peru trade minister applauds Japan EPA
The recent signing of the Japan-Peru free-trade agreement is beneficial for both nations in boosting trade and opening up investment opportunities, Peru's trade minister said Wednesday.
JAPAN / ANALYSIS
Jun 3, 2011
Kan buys time but cedes advantage to opposition
Prime Minister Naoto Kan handily prevailed over an opposition-backed no-confidence motion Thursday, in part because he compromised with foes within his Democratic Party of Japan to step down in the near future after he feels he has accomplished his disaster-response duties.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 1, 2011
Japan and Peru sign free-trade agreement
Japan and Peru signed a free-trade agreement Tuesday evening that will eliminate tariffs on goods accounting for about 99 percent of trade between the two countries in 10 years.
JAPAN / ANALYSIS
May 29, 2011
G-8 differ in reactions to Fukushima
While the Group of Eight wrapped up their two-day summit in Deauville, France, by agreeing on the need to better define international standards for nuclear safety, its member nations differ in their reactions to the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
JAPAN
May 23, 2011
Kan, Wen, Lee bolster disaster plans
Prime Minister Naoto Kan and his Chinese and South Korean counterparts agreed Sunday to enhance cooperation on a range of programs — including nuclear safety and disaster management — in light of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 18, 2011
Vague plan for nuke evacuees
The government released a plan Tuesday outlining when people forced to evacuate due to the nuclear crisis in Fukushima Prefecture might be able to leave their shelters and go home, setting a tentative target of January.
Japan Times
JAPAN / EXPLAINER
May 17, 2011
When it comes to mighty Tepco, pride goes before the fall
Until quite recently, landing a job at Tokyo Electric Power Co., Japan's largest and most powerful electric utility, meant a lifetime of steady employment and generous paychecks, a status envied and often likened to that of a civil servant.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 7, 2011
In search of a nuclear disposal site
Roughly 300 km northwest of Finland's capital, Helsinki, is the island of Olkiluoto, home to two nuclear power plants and the potential site for one of the world's first permanent underground high-level nuclear waste repositories.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 15, 2011
Military flexes relief might, gains newfound esteem
In a famous speech former Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida gave at the National Defense Academy's graduation ceremony in February 1957, he had insightful advice to give about joining the Self-Defense Forces.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 8, 2011
Farmers struggle amid tsunami aftermath
SENDAI — Clearing out the piles of mud and rubble that have ruined his expensive farm machinery and covered the first floor of his house, Kiichi Endo let out a short sigh thinking of the years it will take before he can grow crops again on soil damaged by seawater.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 7, 2011
JET post best, not 'pityfest'
SHICHIGAHAMA, Miyagi Pref. — There is a picture folder in Marti McElreath's Facebook account that chronicles her time in Shichigahama, a town located on a small peninsula in Miyagi Prefecture less than an hour's drive from Sendai and where she has been working since last summer under the Japan...
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 6, 2011
Relief workers must adjust quickly
Numerous relief organizations, volunteer groups and concerned individuals have offered support by distributing goods and lending a helping hand in the earthquake- and tsunami-hammered Tohoku region.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 1, 2011
Tsunami-ravaged Ishinomaki slowly sets off on long road to recovery
Self-Defense Forces vehicles kick up clouds of dust as they make their way through narrow streets cleared through the piles of crushed houses, shops and fishing boats scattered like broken toys by the massive tsunami that killed thousands and flooded nearly half of this once beautiful city.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 25, 2011
No. 3 cooling pump test-run readied
Work to restore key equipment at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant's crippled reactors continued Thursday, despite reports of smoke rising from reactors No. 1 through 4.

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