Natasha Frost
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U.S. Marines stand by a transfer case during a repatriation ceremony for the possible remains of unidentified service members lost in the Battle of Tarawa during World War Two in the Republic of Kiribati, July 18, 2019.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 19, 2023
The bloody, 76-hour battle on a tiny atoll that helped end World War II
The Battle of Tarawa, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, took a heavy toll on American forces and led to outrage at home.
New Zealand's National Party leader Christopher Luxon addresses his supporters in Auckland after winning the general election on Saturday.
Oct 15, 2023
New Zealand elects its most conservative government in decades
Former Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon's center-right National Party will lead a coalition with a smaller libertarian party.
Japan Times
Jan 29, 2023
New Zealand’s largest city grapples with aftermath of devastating floods
At least three people were killed in the flooding in Auckland that forced hundreds of people from their homes and shut down the city’s airport, which was submerged.
Japan Times
Jan 18, 2022
In volcano’s wake, an agonizing wait for news from Tonga
Footage shared moments before the internet connection was cut showed people running inland, searching for higher ground in a very flat country.
Japan Times
Jan 17, 2022
Shrouded by ash, Tonga's fate remains unclear after powerful volcano erupts
As reports of the volcano's effect trickled in from far-flung countries Sunday there was little word from Tonga, the island nation just 40 miles from the site of the extraordinary explosion.
Reader Mail
Jan 29, 2012
Purpose of a higher education
Regarding the Jan. 23 article, "More crucial than English" (by Takamitsu Sawa): The question of why Japanese students' intellectual capacities are not developed has not been adequately addressed. When it comes to the humanities, Japanese students are discouraged from developing critical thinking skills.


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