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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
LIFE / WEEK 3
Feb 21, 2010
Feeling the heat
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Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Feb 12, 2010
Exhibit shows joy of the run
Ikuo Tatsumi, senior assistant editor of the audiovisual news department at Kyodo News, has a second business card, on which he describes himself as a "running-marathon photographer."
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Jan 22, 2010
Nara gears up for 1,300th-anniversary party
Nara Prefecture, which once prospered as home to the ancient capital of Heijokyo (710-784), has been sidelined by neighboring Kyoto as a cultural heritage and tourist destination. Hosting a plethora of historical buildings, Buddhist statues and spacious Nara Park where more than 1,000 deer roam free,...
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHO'S WHO
Jan 5, 2010
Florist sees seeds of change in Japan
Hans Damen came to Japan from his native Holland 16 years ago, attracted by the traditional aspects of Japanese culture, like "taiko" drumming and ikebana flower arrangement. After teaching flower design at a school in Tokyo for a year, he landed a job with the major flower retailer U.Goto Florist and...
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 25, 2009
Japanese hospitals take interest in 'medical tourists'
While many Japanese companies have gone global over the years, making companies like Toyota, Sony and Canon household names in every corner of the world, the Japanese health care industry is focused largely on the domestic market and has long been shielded from pressure for change.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHO'S WHO
Dec 22, 2009
Expat's Japan remedy: assimilate
Don't be a nail that sticks up. Assimilate.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHO'S WHO
Dec 22, 2009
Expat's Japan remedy: assimilate
Don't be a nail that sticks up. Assimilate.
Japan Times
LIFE / WEEK 3
Dec 20, 2009
Cultivating pure tastes from the past
Shinagawa Ward in central Tokyo has seen lots of high-rise condos and office complexes sprout up in recent years, especially since shinkansen bullet trains began to stop there in 2003.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Dec 4, 2009
Whole family can go for a spin at Cycle Mode International
C ycle Mode International 2009 is coming to Tokyo from Dec. 11-13. Whether you are a cycling fanatic or still on training wheels, the anual event is worth checking out as it teaches you pretty much everything you need to know about the carbon-free, fat-burning vehicle.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Nov 27, 2009
Kodo brings the beat back to home turf
Kodo, Japan's most famous taiko (drumming) troupe, will cap the year with a series of special concerts, showcasing the members' progress after an extensive worldwide tour.
LIFE / Travel / WEEK 3
Nov 15, 2009
Opening a 'window' to Japan
As a seven-year veteran at the Narita Airport Tourist Information Center, Yuka Tsujimura is at ease handling all kinds of questions and requests for help from inbound tourists who have just set foot in Japan.
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Nov 13, 2009
Autumn has arrived, it is now time to reflect, at a haiku meet
With autumn leaves changing colors and the sunlight dimming, it's a good time to evoke some mental lyricism.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / CLOSE-UP
Nov 1, 2009
Susan Schmidt: Honored U.S. beacon for Japan
Susan Schmidt is a former editor at the University of Tokyo Press who spent 20 years living and raising a family in Japan up until the mid-1990s. She is now executive director of the U.S.-based, 1,500-member Alliance of Associations of Teachers of Japanese — a role in which she has not only helped...
Japan Times
LIFE
Nov 1, 2009
Ministry insider speaks out
Health ministry bureaucrat Moriyo Kimura made headlines in late May just after the H1N1 flu outbreak sparked a massive mask-buying spree across the nation. Appearing before a Diet committee as an expert witness, the 44-year-old quarantine officer sharply criticized her own ministry — and especially...
LIFE
Nov 1, 2009
Symposium hears of new 'pan-Asian' trend
"It's been years since Japan, in the eyes of outside observers, entered the phase of "Japan Nothing." This followed an era of "Japan Bashing" during its 1980s economic heyday and then "Japan Passing" in the post-bubble '90s.
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Oct 23, 2009
Yokohama turns Yamashita Park into massive outdoor gallery
Yokohama's Yamashita Park will turn into an outdoor gallery on the weekend of Oct. 30-Nov. 1, with the Yokohama International Open-Air Art Fair 2009 — featuring artworks by U.S. and Japanese artists.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHO'S WHO
Oct 6, 2009
'Outsider' shares unique take on life, prejudices in the 'real' Japan
As a "blonde-haired, blue-eyed" American woman living in the rural farmlands of Tokushima Prefecture with a Japanese husband and their twin children, one with hearing disabilities, author and novelist Suzanne Kamata has gained a unique perspective on life in Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 2, 2009
Bike-share project kicks off
Japan's first community bicycle program kicked off on an experimental basis in Tokyo's Marunouchi business district Thursday with 50 bikes at five locations.
Japan Times
LIFE
Sep 27, 2009
Let's Bike!
Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama could have made a stronger impact at the United Nations Summit on Climate Change in New York last week had he trumpeted another environmentally laudable proposal in addition to his declared goal of Japan cutting its greenhouse-gas emissions by 25 percent from 1990 levels...
Japan Times
LIFE
Sep 27, 2009
Bike tours offer a new view of the city
Despite long-standing conflicts between cyclists and others with a stake in using Tokyo's streets, Japan's capital can be a great place to tour by bike — as I discovered last weekend while participating in the "Tokyo Great Cycling Tour," a one-day guided trip organized by Tokyo-based operator Alive...

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Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
On Okinawa's Tokashiki Island, life's a beach — one of the best in the world