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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:
COMMUNITY
Apr 7, 2002
Ishihara gambles on casinos
"Building a casino will create employment for 10,000 people."
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Mar 17, 2002
The Steiff of teddy-bear legend
Cute. In Japan, there's cuteness wherever you look -- Hello Kitty, Tare Panda, The Dog, etc., etc. But from next month to September 2003, Japanese people will be able to glimpse the creativity behind the cuteness of that cuddliest of all cuddlies -- the teddy bear -- when Germany-based Margarete Steiff GmbH celebrates the 100th birthday of its first teddy with an exhibition opening in Tokyo then touring the nation.
COMMUNITY
Mar 10, 2002
One nation under a hip-hop groove
Downtown West Shinjuku. The company workers have all gone home, leaving the streets quiet except for the sound of traffic.
COMMUNITY
Feb 24, 2002
'Technostress': Rage against the machine
Satoru Kobayashi, a 25-year-old computer programmer, had made smooth progress through life, with good grades from good schools. He had always been an introvert, though, with few friends, so his job as a programmer at a foreign-affiliated software manufacturing company suited him well.
COMMUNITY
Feb 17, 2002
Waseda and Keio: rivals to the core
It was Oct. 22, 1933, at the Jingu Baseball Stadium. The winner of the day's So-Kei (Waseda vs. Keio) match would lift the trophy for the year.
COMMUNITY
Jan 27, 2002
Eating disorders claiming ever younger victims
Aya Omiya was only 12 years old when she was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. She was 17 when she died.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Jan 23, 2002
He's got the white stuff
A DVD exhibition by Japanese video artist Atsushi Ogata is running till Feb. 7 at Ishizaka Art in Tokyo's Toranomon.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Jan 16, 2002
Getting to work with words
Installations by Suzumi Noda that integrate everyday words into the fabric of everyday items are on show till Feb. 12 at Tepco Art Gallery in Ginza.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Dec 26, 2001
Borderless beauty of ink art
An exhibition of sumi art (ink art), a style combining calligraphy and painting, by Byakko Kashiwagi is running from today to Jan. 14 at Gallery ef in Tokyo's Asakusa.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Dec 19, 2001
Capturing the moving image
Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) is holding an exhibition of photographs of the homeless, running till Jan. 27 at the Tokyo Photographic Culture Centre.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Dec 12, 2001
Sculpting the lights fantastic
At the Morioka Crystal Gallery in Iwate Prefecture, Kate Thomson's brilliant collection of marble sculptures are on display till Dec. 29.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Dec 5, 2001
Paper-cutting artists breathe new life into an ancient craft
You can get a glimpse of the beauty of kiri-e (cut-paper pictures) created by members of the Zenkoku Kiri-e Dokokai (National Association of Kiri-e) at an exhibition running till Dec. 8 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space in Ikebukuro.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Nov 28, 2001
Distinctive and delicate art
China painting is a popular hobby in the United States and Europe, and is gradually gaining followers over here as well. A characteristic of porcelain art is the paints used -- made by mixing powdered minerals such as iron, copper, uranium and so on.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Nov 25, 2001
Keeping up appearances -- not prices
"Recession." "Nikkei Average plunges below 10,000." "Unemployment tops 5%." Depressing economic trends of the past few years, reflected in headlines like these, have had a profound impact on consumer spending. But now, with less cash to splash out on extravagances, do we have to forego being fashionable?
COMMUNITY
Nov 18, 2001
Charting a route through the obstacle course
Whoever said "It's a jungle out there" must have been talking about Tokyo. Or perhaps it's more of a gigantic maze, with buildings squashed together, and stations with stairs and escalators going in every direction -- all filled with crowds of irritated people.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Nov 14, 2001
Scenes of Istanbul life
Glimpse the beautiful city of Istanbul in a display of oil paintings by Turkish artist Acar Baskut, on display Nov. 16-18 at the Turkish Embassy in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Nov 11, 2001
Prodigies in a flash -- but maybe much too soon
"My daughter can solve algebraic differentiation and integration." "My son reads the Nikkei Shimbun every morning." "My child has read 'War and Peace.' "
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Nov 7, 2001
Iberian artist's intuition
An exhibition of silk-screen prints by Portuguese artist Jose de Guimaraes is showing till Nov. 22 at the Portuguese Embassy in Kojimachi.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Nov 7, 2001
Prints make an impression
"The International Print Triennial in Kanagawa 2001" is running till Nov. 25 at the Kanagawa Kenmin Hall Gallery in Yokohama's Kannai district.
CULTURE / Art
Oct 10, 2001
A veritable mint of prints
Some 222 Japanese prints ranging in style from the traditional to the abstract will feature in the 46th College Women's Association of Japan Print Show at the Tokyo American Club in Azabudai, Minato Ward, from Oct. 19-21.

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