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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 / EXPLAINER
Jul 19, 2016
Plastic debris in oceans a growing hazard as toxins climb the food chain
Plastic is part of the fabric of everyday life, from bags to bottles to synthetic clothing. In 2014, global production amounted to 311 million tons, up from 225 million tons in 2004, according to manufacturers group Plastics Europe.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 19, 2016
Ex-JET teachers eyed to help improve English-language tourist information
Former Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme participants (JET program) could be tapped to improve English-language information at cultural landmarks under a proposal being considered by the Cultural Affairs Agency.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jul 15, 2016
Cancer diagnoses in 2016 expected to top 1 million for first time
A record 1.01 million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer this year, the first time the figure has topped the 1 million mark, the National Cancer Center said Friday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 6, 2016
Shinzato denies rape, says prejudging by public denies him 'fair trial' in Okinawa
An American man charged with raping and murdering a 20-year-old Okinawan woman says he did not intend to kill her.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 4, 2016
Japanese firms assess work prospects, staff safety in Bangladesh after attack
The terrorist attack in Dhaka has dampened prospects for Japanese firms that in recent years have grown more dependent on Bangladesh.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jul 1, 2016
In a first, genome-editing used to make immunodeficient marmosets for insight into human diseases
In a world's first, Japanese researchers produce immunodeficient marmosets via genome-editing technology to study maladies that more closely resemble human diseases.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jun 30, 2016
Landmark cancer study reveals huge regional gaps in incidence rates; lifestyle habits may be to blame
A landmark study of cancer diagnoses in Japan has revealed huge regional gaps in incidence rates in what one official said reflected notable differences in lifestyle habits across the country.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jun 26, 2016
Man in battle against cancer leads Japanese fight for medical use of marijuana
One afternoon earlier this month, Masamitsu Yamamoto showed up at the Tokyo District Court to attend a session of his criminal trial for an alleged violation of the Cannabis Control Law.
JAPAN
Jun 25, 2016
Science Council to make clear position on lifting military-linked research ban by early next year
A committee of 15 academics with the Science Council of Japan held a meeting on whether to revise its long-held stance to never engage in military research.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 23, 2016
Family's pain over 2006 Yokosuka murder reflects desire for SOFA rethink
Justice has been a long time coming for Masanori Yamazaki, whose common-law wife was murdered by a drunk U.S. sailor in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, 10 years ago, in an unprovoked assault.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health / NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Jun 19, 2016
Japanese researchers take artificial intelligence toward the final frontier: creativity
It was a dark, overcast day, with clouds hovering low.
JAPAN / Media
Jun 17, 2016
Minor’s death sentence sees Japan media split on anonymity rule
The debate centers on whether to name a man who lost an appeal against a death sentence for a 2010 double murder.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 8, 2016
Android version of literary giant Natsume Soseki to return to alma mater to lecture
An android version of the noted scribe is slated to visit Nishogakusha University next year and deliver lectures.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jun 3, 2016
Case of missing boy receives mix of sympathy and criticism from residents, experts
Japan let out a sigh of relief Friday after a 7-year-old Hokkaido boy was found alive following an intensive six-day search by hundreds of police, firefighters and Self-Defense Force troops.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 2, 2016
Obama reworked Hiroshima speech many times in bid to find right balance
U.S. president's top speechwriter says Obama worked hard to make sure it was 'a broad reflection on what we must learn from history.'
JAPAN
Jun 1, 2016
On streets of Tokyo, opinion divided over tax-hike delay
Passers-by polled by reporters in Tokyo on Wednesday were split over the prospect of another delay to the consumption tax hike.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 30, 2016
Science Council of Japan considers overturning long-held opposition to military research
The nation's largest and most powerful group of scientists has started discussing lifting its decades-old ban on defense-related research as the government seeks more collaboration with civilians in the development of weapons technology.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
May 24, 2016
In first interview since '14, scandal-hit Obokata says she has received job offers from U.S., Germany
Disgraced scientist Haruko Obokata says she has received offers from American and German scientists to continue her research.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 18, 2016
Foreign tourist numbers top record for second straight month in Japan
The number of foreign visitors to Japan in April hit a single-month record of 2.08 million, topping the 2 million mark for the second month in a row, the Japan National Tourism Organization announced Wednesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 11, 2016
Tokyo's governor becomes embroiled in fresh public funding scandal
Yoichi Masuzoe once again finds himself mired in ignominy, this time over a possible violation of political funding laws.

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