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Katie Forster
For Katie Forster's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcomes Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, last July.
JAPAN / FOCUS
May 18, 2024
Saudi crown prince seeks soft power in game hub Japan
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will visit Japan soon, where he will hold talks on energy while hunting more opportunities in gaming.
A black-and-white photo of the rocky surface of a crater transmitted by Japan's unmanned moon lander
JAPAN
Mar 28, 2024
Japan moon probe survives second lunar night, JAXA says
The moon lander touched down in January at a wonky angle that left its solar panels facing the wrong way.
Wim Wenders (left) co-wrote the script for “Perfect Days” with top advertising creative Takuma Takasaki. Japanese star Koji Yakusho (right) won best actor at Cannes last year for his performance as the film’s protagonist, a taciturn toilet cleaner in Tokyo.
CULTURE / Film
Feb 27, 2024
Oscar-nominated 'Perfect Days' is 'not about toilets,' Wenders says
The director's film about a taciturn cleaner who keeps Tokyo's public toilets spotless prompts reflections on urban solitude, community and growing older.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 16, 2023
The British botanist who helped revive Japan's seaweed industry
Kathleen Drew-Baker made groundbreaking discoveries about the reproduction of nori seaweed, helping to kick-start its farming on a commercial scale.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 16, 2023
From soup stock to supercrop: Japan shows off its seaweed savvy
Research into new applications for the marine plant — from carbon absorption to reducing methane emissions from cattle — is flourishing.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jun 7, 2023
To lure vegetarian tourists, Tokyo restaurants get creative with classic dishes
Cuisine is a main draw for tourists in Japan, but what's a vegan to do in the famously fish- and meat-heavy restaurants of the capital?
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 24, 2023
Japanese ballet troupe presents its spin on plastic waste
'Plastic,' a new production by renowned Japanese company K-Ballet, aims to draw attention to a global pollution crisis through some unusual set and wardrobe design.

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Things may look perfect to the outside world, but today's mom is fine with some imperfection at home.
How 'Reiwa moms' are reshaping motherhood in Japan