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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
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...
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / WEEK 3
Sep 20, 2009
Mystery on the 'Dark Dinner' menu
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Japan Times
Events / WHERE IT'S AT
Aug 25, 2009
Socializing on the volleyball court in Roppongi
Roppongi on Saturday morning tends to be quiet and empty, and pretty much all you see moving there apart from cars and trucks are a few sleep-deprived, hung-over remnants of the Friday night party crowd hobbling toward the station.
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Aug 21, 2009
Laugh along with mangameister Fujio Akatsuka
Fans of pioneering manga artist Fujio Akatsuka (1935-2008) will be able to soak up more of his jokes, his manga works and details of his colorful life at an exhibition at the Matsuya department store in Tokyo's central Ginza district.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Aug 21, 2009
Yokohama to stage truly magical jazz
Yokohama Nigiwaiza in the city's Sakuragi-cho district will stage a magical jazz show on Aug. 29-30.
Japan Times
LIFE / WEEK 3
Aug 16, 2009
Tokyo bees make honey high over Ginza
Forget Chanel, Cartier and H&M, the buzz on Ginza — long Tokyo's most glitzy shopping and entertainment district — is now all about . . . honeybees.
Japan Times
LIFE / CLOSE-UP
Aug 2, 2009
Sokun Tsushimoto: Caring for body and soul
With his shaven head, straight back and deep, calming voice, Sokun Tsushimoto, a newly qualified physician who started practicing at a Tokyo clinic in April, clearly betrays evidence of his long and rich life experience.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHO'S WHO
Jul 28, 2009
Ability to bridge the gap a banker's boon
For Sanjeev Gupta, senior managing executive officer and head of the Individual Group at Shinsei Bank, his 25-year career in Japan started out with a resume he dropped off at an accounting firm in Tokyo while visiting Japan on a tourist visa.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Jul 24, 2009
Taking out the kids might be a disaster
I don't know why, but children love disasters — or at least, simulating ones. So, of all disaster prevention centers in Tokyo, the Honjo Bosai-kan (Life Safety Learning Center), in Sumida Ward, Tokyo, is worth a visit, because the facility, operated by the Tokyo Fire Department, offers entertaining...
LIFE / Digital
Jul 22, 2009
Google Books leaves Japan in legal limbo
For a long time, the Japanese publishing industry was in the dark about the Google Book Search Library project, the ambitious endeavor by the Mountain View, Calif.-based Internet giant to create a vast online library by scanning millions of books. Google announced the start of the project in 2004, but...
JAPAN
Jun 26, 2009
Google should help make copyright agency: lawyer
Google Inc. should help create a Japan-based copyright dispute settlement agency over Japanese books the firm has scanned as part of its massive online library project, a lawyer representing 182 authors in Japan said Wednesday.
Japan Times
LIFE / WEEK 3
Jun 21, 2009
Comedy with a sting in its tales
As a reporter, I don't particularly enjoy being swamped with breaking news to cover. That's when the pressure really becomes intense to get all the quotes and check all the facts in as short a time as possible.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Jun 19, 2009
A chance to grab a bargain
Antique lovers will have a bargain-hunting opportunity at the 129th Heiwajima Antiques Fair, the oldest and the biggest fair of its kind, to be held in Tokyo's Heiwajima district from June 19 through June 21.
LIFE / Style & Design
Jun 18, 2009
The safety nets for would-be suicides
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Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Jun 12, 2009
Drinking the Japanese way
Sake lovers will have an opportunity to sample 500 varieties of the drink from around the country at the Nihon-shu Fair 2009, to be held at Tokyo's Ikebukuro Sunshine City on June 17.
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Jun 12, 2009
Tsukiji celebrates 350 years
Tsukiji-jishi Matsuri street festival, an annual festival in which locals will march through the streets of Tokyo's Tsukiji district carrying floats of lion heads, will be held from June 12 through June 14 at Namiyoke-Inari Shrine.
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Jun 12, 2009
Play portrays Afghanistan's 30 tragic years
A play about the history of Afghanistan inspired by former Afghan ambassador to Japan Haron Amin will be staged on June 16 and 17 at Space Zero in Shinjuku.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives
May 31, 2009
Don't blame me, but I did do my bit
Born a son of a Japanese trading- company executive, and exclusively educated in Britain, Tetsuya Ishikawa got his first taste of life in the financial industry in the summer of 1998. That was during his pre-university "gap year," when he worked on the foreign-exchange trading floor at the Tokyo branch...
LIFE
May 31, 2009
Chronicle of calamities on the road to ruin
The credit crunch didn't happen overnight. Here is a timeline of how trouble spilled out from the United States and around the world, and from the financial industry to many other sectors of the international economy:

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