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Tomoko Otake
Tomoko Otake is a senior writer with a strong interest in health, medical and social issues. A native of Nara Prefecture, she obtained an M.A. in journalism from The University of Montana.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 19, 2016
Citizens petition Tokyo to save trees amid Ueno Park face-lift
As a planned face-lift for Tokyo's Ueno Park goes forward in preparation for the 2020 Olympics, residents are asking that the government refrain from cutting down decades-old trees.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 9, 2016
New running facility opens in Tokyo for athletes of all stripes
As the metropolis gears up to host the Olympics and Paralympics in four years’ time, a new running stadium opened in Tokyo on Friday. The private-sector facility will provide an inclusive training venue for athletes of all stripes.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 9, 2016
Aerial photos capture dark side of solar power plants
Koichiro Otaki started taking aerial pictures of photovoltaic power stations in April 2015. At first, it was an innocent desire to capture their sheer scale and aesthetic value that motivated him, he says.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 8, 2016
Soseki android unveiled to rekindle interest in late author
"Hello. Excuse me for remaining seated. It's been nearly 100 years, hasn't it?"
Japan Times
JAPAN / EXPLAINER
Dec 5, 2016
Both pressure and perks used to coax seniors into giving up driving licenses
These days have seen frequent news reports of elderly drivers losing control of their vehicles, slamming into stores, running over pedestrians and traveling in the wrong direction on expressways.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Dec 1, 2016
Shady work practices earn nominations for Black Company Award
Ad giant Dentsu Inc. and courier company Sagawa Express Co., where employees committed suicide, were among this year's nominees.
JAPAN
Nov 16, 2016
Japan government panel halves price of cancer drug Opdivo
In an unprecedented move, the official price of the drug is slashed amid fears that widespread use could drain state coffers.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 10, 2016
President Trump: Japanese-Americans, Japanese in U.S. weigh in
People of Japanese ancestry speak up about their impressions of President-elect Donald Trump.
JAPAN
Oct 31, 2016
Record 5,803 foreign trainees went missing in Japan last year
Observers say this is another sign that the technical intern program — long criticized by rights groups at home and abroad as akin to slavery — is seriously flawed.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 27, 2016
Tokyu Corp. attracts backlash with 'makeup etiquette' video
The Japanese-language video starts with a provocative line: “Women in the city are all beautiful. But they are ugly to see, at times.”
JAPAN
Oct 19, 2016
Is the party over? Spending by overseas visitors drops for first time in 19 quarters
Figures show foreign tourists spent u00a5971.7 billion from July to September period, down 2.9 percent from the same time last year.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 19, 2016
Tokyo residents' petition prompts reconsideration of plan to fell trees
Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward will reconsider plans to cut down 37 trees lining a street ahead of the 2020 Olympics, officials said Wednesday, after local residents blasted the plan in a petition.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 16, 2016
Plan to cut down historic trees in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward faces local opposition
Plans to cut down 300 ginkgo and platanus trees in central Tokyo ahead of the 2020 Olympics sparks an online opposition campaign seeking to prevent them from being felled.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Oct 12, 2016
Todai biomedical research fraud probe seen pointing to wider misconduct
The so-called STAP scandal of 2014 unleashed the power of anonymous online whistleblowers, who exposed falsified data in what had been hailed as groundbreaking stem cell research by the Riken institute and brought down its star scientist, Haruko Obokata.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 12, 2016
In setback for female empowerment, Tokyo court rejects teacher's bid to use maiden name at work
The Tokyo District Court dismisses a case by a recently married woman on the grounds that the practice is not customary.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Oct 11, 2016
Shiseido app adds makeup to faces on video conferences
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Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Oct 7, 2016
1 in 4 firms in Japan say workers log over 80 overtime hours a month
The nation's first white paper on “karoshi” finds nearly a quarter of companies have employees that are seriously overworked.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Sep 27, 2016
Amid charges of sexism, city in Kyushu pulls video promoting local eels
A promotional YouTube video made by the city of Shibushi, Kagoshima Prefecture, featuring a young woman in a swimsuit who morphs into an eel has been pulled following a public outcry that it was sexist.
Japan Times
JAPAN / EXPLAINER
Sep 26, 2016
Plan to fix day care crunch belies decades of pent-up demand
The shortage of day care facilities is a long-standing issue in Japan, where the ranks of working mothers keep swelling, both out of choice and necessity.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Sep 14, 2016
Expensive drugs threaten to sink Japan's health care system
An aging population is not the only cause of headache for policymakers trying to keep the nation's medical costs down — now they have "superexpensive" drugs to deal with.

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