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Masami Ito
Masami is a staff writer for the Life and Culture Division at The Japan Times. She is in charge of the weekly Sunday Timeout, covering various issues related to Japan, from alcohol/drug addiction and juvenile crime to female sushi chefs and kendama. Over her 15-year career, she has written extensively on Japanese politics, foreign policy and social issues.
For Masami Ito's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 27, 2005
High court refuses to acknowledge police negligence led to fatal stalking
The parents of a woman who was murdered in 1999 by a group of men linked to her ex-boyfriend failed Wednesday to win recognition that the negligence by Saitama police who failed to act on her complaint of stalking and harassment led to her slaying.
JAPAN
Jan 26, 2005
Five Kurdish refugees may be sent to a third country
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JAPAN
Jan 22, 2005
Deportees' compatriot wins a month's reprieve
is greeted by his family Friday at the Immigration Bureau in Minato Ward, Tokyo, after renewing his provisional release.
JAPAN
Jan 21, 2005
Tokyo under fire for deporting refugees
Japan has long caught flak for being closed to asylum-seekers, and the deportation this week of two Kurds from Turkey — despite their U.N. recognition as "mandate refugees" — has brought the government under a fresh attack.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 19, 2005
Japan defies U.N., deports refugees
Acting with uncharacteristic speed, the Justice Ministry bundled a Kurdish father and his son, both U.N.-recognized refugees, onto a plane and sent them back to Turkey on Tuesday, a day after they visited the Immigration Bureau to extend their provisional release.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 15, 2005
Long-term overstayers' cause championed
Supporters of seven Bangladeshi men who are being detained for overstaying their visas gathered Friday in front of the Justice Ministry to demand their release, saying the men have established their lives in this country.
JAPAN
Jan 14, 2005
Murders-for-insurance ringleader's death penalty upheld
The Tokyo High Court on Thursday upheld the death penalty for a moneylender for the murder of two men and attempted murder of another for life insurance.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 31, 2004
Lightning strike alters teen's life in a flash
It was summer 1996: A typhoon was approaching Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture, and a thunderstorm advisory was in effect.
Japan Times
Dec 31, 2004
Lightning strike alters teen's life in a flash
It was summer 1996: A typhoon was approaching Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture, and a thunderstorm advisory was in effect.
JAPAN
Dec 25, 2004
Ministry ponders role of crime victims
The Justice Ministry released an interim report Friday on measures to support people victimized by crime that lists pros and cons regarding their participation in trial and other criminal procedures.
JAPAN
Dec 21, 2004
Detainees seeking asylum claim abuse by guards
Lawyers working on behalf of people seeking asylum in Japan filed a criminal accusation Monday against the head of the Higashi-Nihon Immigration Center and its guards, alleging they assaulted and injured detainees.
JAPAN
Dec 17, 2004
JR Tokai rapped over snub for disabled
The Justice Ministry has told Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) that it should allow access to its stations by disabled people who use electric carts, officials said Thursday.
Dec 17, 2004
JR Tokai rapped over snub for disabled
The Justice Ministry has told Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) that it should allow access to its stations by disabled people who use electric carts, officials said Thursday.
JAPAN
Dec 16, 2004
Freelance journalist takes fight against press clubs to court
Japan's "kisha" press clubs have long been criticized for their closed, controlled nature and the various privileges solely accorded their members.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 16, 2004
High court convenes, snubs sex slave appeal, calls it a day
A cry of outrage tore through the public gallery as the Tokyo High Court dismissed an appeal by four Chinese women who were forced to serve as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during the war.
JAPAN
Dec 14, 2004
Widow seeks damages over Monju leak
The widow of an official who committed suicide after lying during a probe into a 1995 accident at the Monju fast-breeder reactor demanded on Monday 148 million yen in damages from the reactor's operator.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 12, 2004
Guam native tells Tokyo gathering of WWII atrocities
Juanita Cruz was only 8 years old when she saw her mother being raped by Japanese soldiers. At 10, she saw her 5-year-old brother killed.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 11, 2004
Petition supports Kurdish refugees
A petition with more than 60,000 signatures supporting asylum for two Kurdish families from Turkey who staged a 72-day sit-in outside the United Nations University this summer was handed to the Justice Ministry on Friday.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 11, 2004
Kenyan marathoner struck blind turns disability into gold medals
Winner of three gold medals at the Sydney and Athens Paralympics, Henry Wanyoike also broke the world record at the marathon for the visually disabled held in Boston this year, completing the race in 2 hours, 33 minutes and 20 seconds.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / CLOSE-UP
Dec 5, 2004
Joji Yamamoto: Time to serve
Joji Yamamoto was a young, idealistic politician with a bright future -- but all that promise dissolved on Sept. 4, 2000, when he was arrested on suspicion of fraud.

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on