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Maya Kaneko
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 24, 2012
Irish Chernobyl campaigner shares lessons with people of Fukushima
During a fact-finding trip to Fukushima Prefecture, an Irish supporter of children affected by the 1986 Chernobyl disaster discovered "many mirror images" between the crisis here and the world's worst nuclear accident, which still haunts people in contaminated zones.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 17, 2012
Tokyo restaurants lend Tohoku a hand
Tokyo restaurants have started giving their patrons a chance to support Tohoku reconstruction by serving up traditional food and drink from the region and buying produce from farmers and fishermen there.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 9, 2012
Cherry trees to mark tsunami line
Residents of the tsunami-ravaged coastal city of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, have launched a project to plant cherry trees marking the points where the waves reached March 11 to warn future generations about a repeat of the catastrophe.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 2, 2012
Visa problem makes separation from kids even worse
For some foreign parents who have been separated from their children due to divorce from their Japanese spouses, the expiration of their spousal visa makes matters worse as intervention by immigration officials can easily sever their ties with their kids.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 6, 2012
Marui, L'Oreal putting their strengths to use in Tohoku
As the grip of winter takes hold in areas ravaged by the March 11 quake and tsunami, two fashion and beauty firms are lending their support and appear to be warming the hearts of people who have lost everything and are now living in temporary housing.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 14, 2011
Moms make radiation risks a study
Concerned about the possible negative impact of radiation spewed by the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant on their children's heath, mothers in their 20s who work as fashion models have begun studying the issue to raise awareness among other moms of their generation.
JAPAN
Dec 3, 2011
Father calls for custody law reform
A U.S.-based Nicaraguan who fought a legal battle with his Japanese ex-wife over custody of their 9-year-old daughter has called on the government to revise the judicial system, saying the lack of power to enforce court rulings is hindering the resolution of such disputes.
JAPAN
Nov 24, 2011
U.N. group wants to learn from 3/11 response
A U.N. body that coordinates international offers of help after major natural disasters has called for closer cooperation with Japan, hoping to learn from the response to the March 11 catastrophe and enhance its knowledge and expertise.
BUSINESS
Nov 18, 2011
Microfinance funds to help rebuild small Tohoku businesses
An operator of online retail investment funds that support fledgling musicians has found a new niche helping small businesses devastated by the March 11 disasters through microfinancing, or small-lot lending that does not require collateral.
JAPAN
Nov 10, 2011
Star power recruited to aid tourism
After the March 11 quake and tsunami put on hold publisher Yasuko Suzuki's plan to launch a free English magazine introducing Japanese culture and travel information to foreign visitors, the next idea that occurred to her was to turn for help from celebrities known to be fans of Japan.
JAPAN
Aug 26, 2011
Canadian firms keen to engage with postdisaster Japan
Despite Japan's battered global image following the March 11 disasters and nuclear crisis, many Canadian businesses are displaying interest in the world's third-largest economy.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 25, 2011
China-ASEAN pact important to Japan
An accord between China and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations to defuse tension over territorial disputes in the South China Sea is of considerable importance to Japan, which itself is engaged in spats with China in the East China Sea.
JAPAN
May 25, 2011
Effort to ease radiation fears in Asia may have limited effect
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JAPAN
May 23, 2011
Debate awaits on child custody pact
After years of foreign pressure, Japan finally decided Friday to sign a treaty to settle cross-border child custody disputes, but a heated debate is expected to continue as proponents of the pact hope the move leads to the formation of a system that will guarantee children's access to both parents after...
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 20, 2011
Italians join forces to aid tsunami-ravaged city in Iwate
Some 500 people in the city of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, one of the areas worst hit by the March 11 quake and tsunami, earlier this month received a pasta, soup and wine treat provided by prominent Italian chefs from Tokyo.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 8, 2010
Ishigaki fishermen fret over Senkaku encroachment
ISHIGAKI, Okinawa Pref. — Fishermen from Ishigaki Island in Okinawa, which has jurisdiction over the Senkaku Islands, have called on the central government to deal with the increasing presence of Taiwanese fishing boats in nearby waters, which they say threaten their safety and livelihood.
JAPAN
Nov 15, 2010
Kan wins points for damage control but still lacking long-term strategies
YOKOHAMA — Prime Minister Naoto Kan may have heaved a sigh of relief as he managed to meet bilaterally with his Chinese and Russian counterparts during an Asia-Pacific economic summit, going into damage control mode after the two countries challenged his government over territorial rows.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 3, 2010
Visiting UNICEF exec: Vulnerable kids need better protective effort
A senior official of UNICEF has called for children vulnerable to violence, exploitation, abuse and neglect to be supported, saying no country is immune to violations of a child's right to protection.
Japan Times
JAPAN / ANALYSIS
Oct 26, 2010
Uncertainty over tests stymies India nuclear pact
Torn between economic gains and a national credo of abolishing nuclear weapons as the only country struck by them, Japan faces a dilemma in negotiating a civilian nuclear cooperation pact with India.
JAPAN / ANALYSIS
Sep 26, 2010
China tensions cloud Kan U.N. trip
NEW YORK — Prime Minister Naoto Kan and new Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara's trip to attend U.N. General Assembly meetings in New York was largely overshadowed by tensions between Japan and China over a ship collision incident near the disputed Senkaku Islands that escalated day by day.

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