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Maya Kaneko
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 26, 2018
Startup's colorful Ugandan bags take off in Japan, lifting the women who make them
Colorful African-print bags handmade by struggling Ugandan women have attracted fashion-conscious Japanese who are also learning for the first time about the women's plight — thanks to a scheme by a Japanese social entrepreneur to empower single mothers and former child soldiers in the country.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Dec 22, 2017
Images of Swedish stay-at-home dads spark conversations on masculinity
A photo exhibition depicting Swedish stay-at-home dads who took parental leave for more than six months convincingly poses questions on societal perceptions of masculinity and gender equality.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 5, 2017
Christian newspaper taps manga and games in bid to nurture young fans, flock
Smartphone games, manga and cosplay events might seem incompatible with the solemn practice of religion, but a Christian newspaper in Japan is deploying such secular entertainment in an attempt to draw new followers to the faith.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 31, 2017
'Kids' diners' booming but seen as band-aid for Japan's poverty problem
Growing concern about children eating alone has spurred a drive in Japan to offer free or low-cost meals for them at makeshift cafeterias, as the world's third-largest economy deals with its relatively high child poverty rate.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 29, 2016
Woman taps camellia to nurture Tohoku industries back to life
For a businesswoman who wanted to support the recovery of the Tohoku region following the tragic 2011 earthquake-tsunami disaster, locally grown camellia plants with strong roots that survived the waves offered a beacon of hope.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 24, 2015
Kyoto entrepreneur finds business sweet spot with cocoa from Indonesia
Keiichi Yoshino, a 34-year-old operator of chocolate shops in Kyoto, never dreamed he would become a chocolatier.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Oct 14, 2015
Japanese trainee on Swiss organic farm strives for Hokkaido eco-friendly restaurant
Yuko Taniguchi leads a busy life at an organic farm in Switzerland, cleaning pony stables, sending goats out to pasture, weeding grass and picking berries in gardens, cooking meals for her host family, and even baking breads and cakes.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Oct 14, 2015
Niigata baker winning over Swiss palates with traditional sweets, breads
Born into a family of bakers with more than 100 years of history in Japan, Hironori Takahashi has considered himself an evangelist of traditional Japanese bread, filled with such ingredients as red bean paste, curry and custard cream.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Dec 25, 2014
Single, sad? Solo weddings pamper both wives and unmarried ladies
Kyoto resident Tomoe Sawano was feeling low. The 39-year-old was at a turning point in her career as an entrepreneur and felt the need to do something special.
JAPAN / ANALYSIS
Apr 1, 2014
Japan gears up to follow child custody treaty
As Japan formally joins the international treaty for settling cross-border child custody disputes, the government, the judicial community and social workers began preparing to support parents and children separated as a result of failed marriages.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 14, 2014
Tokyo cuts CO₂ emissions but hoards credits
About four years after Asia's first mandatory greenhouse gas emissions-reduction scheme was launched by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, businesses in the capital have succeeded in drastically cutting carbon dioxide emissions without depending on emissions credit trading.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 2, 2014
Japan Inc. takes tentative steps toward empowering women
Japan, notorious for its failure to overcome wide gender disparities, seems to have finally gotten serious about utilizing the "untapped resources" of women to enhance national competitiveness and boost economic growth amid the population decline.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
May 27, 2013
Abe puts best foot forward in Myanmar to tap 'last frontier'
Shinzo Abe spoke of his personal bond with Myanmar during his official visit, the first by a Japanese prime minister in 36 years, as he sought to boost Japan's presence and tap its significant growth potential.
JAPAN
May 25, 2013
Care urged for split families when Japan joins Hague pact
With the Diet endorsing the Hague Convention to help settle parental cross-border child abductions after years of lobbying by foreign governments and citizens, Japan is being urged to provide adequate support to parents and children separated through failed marriages.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 24, 2013
Dutch gay ex-lawmaker urges Japan to promote LGBT rights
A former lawmaker who played a big role in making the Netherlands in 2001 the first country to legalize same-sex marriage has called on Japan to make more efforts to promote the human rights of sexual minorities.
Japan Times
JAPAN / ANALYSIS
Jan 20, 2013
Abe bolsters Southeast Asia ties in bid to counter China's rising threat
In his first overseas visit as prime minister, Shinzo Abe enhanced Japan's relations with three Southeast Asian countries in an apparent bid to counter China's growing assertiveness in the region.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 1, 2013
Tsunami-hit city aims to be reborn
In a coastal city flattened by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, a project is under way to rebuild the area as a self-sustaining community that will be in harmony with nature by making use of Danish knowhow on renewable energy.
JAPAN / ELECTION 2012
Dec 14, 2012
Disaster-hit areas seek more than just words
In areas ravaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, voters frustrated with the slow pace of recovery and anxious about their future are looking for their elected leaders to put together a faster and more robust reconstruction effort.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 23, 2012
Efficient 'smart cities' gain traction after disasters
The power shortages that hit the country following the March 2011 disasters made better energy management an imperative and spawned efforts to create efficient "smart cities."
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 5, 2012
Moms here also face custody torment
As Japan's ratification of an international treaty that helps settle international child custody disputes awaits Diet approval, some mothers are dealing with the distress of their non-Japanese spouses taking their children abroad at the last minute.

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