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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
Mar 24, 2011
Tepco puts focus on reactivating cooling pumps at reactors 3, 4
Work continued Wednesday to restore electricity to key equipment at the crippled nuclear reactors in the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, a day after electricity was restored to all six reactors via outside power sources.
JAPAN
Mar 23, 2011
All reactors linked to outside power
Work to restore electricity and crucial cooling systems at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant resumed Tuesday, a day after workers were forced to evacuate when unidentified smoke spewed from reactors No. 2 and No. 3.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Q&A
Mar 20, 2011
Lowdown on nuclear crisis and potential scenarios
Frantic efforts to cool down the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant's overheating reactors and spent fuel rods are continuing, as workers rush to prevent highly toxic radiation from being released into the atmosphere.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Mar 18, 2011
Emi Meyer "Suitcase of Stones"
Jazz pianist/vocalist Emi Meyer's third studio album, "Suitcase of Stones," has the artist singing in English again following last year's all-Japanese outing "Passport." The Kyoto-born Seattle native delivers a diverse range of jazz-, blues- and reggae-influenced original compositions in what has become...
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 17, 2011
SDF chopper can't drop water
Panic spread as reports on the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant indicated Wednesday high levels of radiation have leaked at the compound.
Japan Times
JAPAN / ANALYSIS
Mar 13, 2011
Seabed split; quake tilted Earth's axis 10 cm
The magnitude 8.8 earthquake that jolted northeast Japan was caused by a tectonic upheaval that created offshore faults stretching for hundreds of kilometers from Iwate Prefecture to Ibaraki, seismologists said Saturday.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 12, 2011
With trains shut down, Tokyoites have to rough it
Transportation froze Friday in Tokyo after the massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck the northeast coast of Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 9, 2011
Entrepreneur: Turbulent times breed innovation
Growing up in California in the 1970s as the child of issei, William H. Saito recalls how his father imported math textbooks from Japan and insisted he study them extra hard to gain an edge over others.
JAPAN
Mar 4, 2011
More surprises likely in North's transition, defector warns
Recent signs indicate that further turbulence is expected when North Korean leader Kim Jong Il hands the reins of power to his son and heir apparent, Kim Jong Un, a high-ranking North Korean defector said Thursday.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 3, 2011
Geisha cuts into kimono market
Wearing a kimono can be a daunting task, where one must follow numerous steps and protocols steeped in tradition to prevent making a fool of oneself.
JAPAN
Mar 1, 2011
Kim's son likely to make high-profile visit to China
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's son and the hermit nation's heir apparent, Kim Jong Un, will probably visit China immediately following the National People's Congress in Beijing on March 14, according to a document recently seen by The Japan Times.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 24, 2011
Libyans stage anti-Gadhafi Tokyo protest
Members of the Libyan community in Japan and others staged a demonstration Wednesday in Tokyo calling for the ouster of dictator Moammar Gadhafi and an end to his regime's bloody crackdown against protesters seeking an end to his 40-year rule.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 19, 2011
Accused pleads guilty of assaulting kabuki's Ebizo at bar
The 27-year-old man indicted for assaulting kabuki star Ichikawa Ebizo in Tokyo in late November pleaded guilty Friday as his trial opened at the Tokyo District Court.
JAPAN
Feb 9, 2011
North tripled executions to quell outcry
Public executions have more than tripled in North Korea since the dictatorship in late 2009 redenominated its currency and in the process sparked widespread public discontent, according to a recent report seen by The Japan Times.
JAPAN
Feb 9, 2011
Multilanguage hotline opens for domestic violence victims
The government opened a hotline Tuesday for victims of domestic violence, with counseling staff available for consultations in Japanese and six other languages.
JAPAN
Feb 5, 2011
Egyptian community backs protests at home
Representatives of the Egyptian community in Japan expressed support Friday for the widespread protests in their homeland targeting President Hosni Mubarak's regime.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 5, 2011
Recent tension, pro-North schools' history spin hurt tuition waiver bid
Flipping through a copy of a recently obtained Korean history textbook used in pro-Pyongyang junior high schools in Japan, journalist Ryo Hagiwara points his finger to a section describing how North Korea's founding father, Kim Il Sung, and his Korean People's Revolutionary Army defeated the Japanese...
JAPAN
Feb 4, 2011
Citizen journalists playing big role in China
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JAPAN
Feb 3, 2011
Publishers to Baidu: Delete our works
Tokyo-based Kodansha Ltd. said Wednesday it has warned Chinese search engine giant Baidu that unless it deletes from its library site manga and novels the firm publishes, it may resort to legal action.
Japan Times
JAPAN / CAREER-SEARCH CRISIS
Jan 28, 2011
Foreigners solicited, hard-pressed to stay
Despite sending his resume to more than 15 companies, Bryan Cheng, a Taiwanese graduate student at Waseda University in Tokyo, hasn't received any positive replies.

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