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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
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Jan 9, 2009
Northern Lights' beauty on exhibition
A stronomers and UNESCO have made 2009 the International Year of Astronomy, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Galileo Galilei's pioneering research, which included the first-ever use of an astronomical telescope.
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS
Dec 28, 2008
ONE for ALL
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Nov 23, 2008
Where are world's 'targeted' tourists visiting in Japan?
As part of the Visit Japan Campaign, the central government identified 12 "target" countries and regions on which to concentrate marketing activities. Have their efforts paid off? We asked industry insiders from each of the selected countries how Japan was perceived as a tourist destination.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Nov 23, 2008
Japan looks beyond tourism's 'Golden Route'
In 2001, soon after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S., a friend working at a Tokyo travel agency griped about how terrorism affected his business, saying that tourism, after all, is a "peace industry."
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Nov 23, 2008
Looking for ways to lure more visitors to these shores
What are people who work in the domestic tourism industry — from tour operators to inn owners to regional tourism promotion offices — doing to attract foreign visitors? Here are the voices of marketers from across Japan:
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / WEEK 3
Nov 16, 2008
What do you know about Nippon?
These days, you have to accomplish a lot before calling yourself a Japan expert. Knowing the language, geography, history and customs of Japan is simply not enough.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Nov 7, 2008
Sensoji fetes rebuilding of hall
Asakusa has long been a big tourist attraction for visitors from the world over, but its lure is now hitting a peak, with a series of events under way to commemorate the 50th anniversary of reconstruction of the main hall at Sensoji Temple.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Oct 28, 2008
Foreign students to fill the halls
Rie Yoshinaga had a wide range of colleges to choose from.
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital
Oct 21, 2008
Dining on the Web
Every day at around 4 p.m., as the air cools down, the sky takes on a purple hue and schoolchildren make their way home, hordes of people across Japan — predominantly female, predominantly in their 30s — start furiously typing on their PCs. They all have one burning question on their minds:...
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / WEEK 3
Oct 19, 2008
Showa-ing it like it was
Most of us have things we were given years ago that we cannot simply throw away, even though they're of no use and are often simply gathering dust somewhere in the corner of a room.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Sep 28, 2008
Tales of experience from foreign homeowners
The following are the experiences of four foreigners who have ventured into property purchase in Japan.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Sep 28, 2008
A step-by-step guide to owning a home in Japan
So you are ready to be king of your own castle in Japan. Adios to the days when you, a mere rent-paying tenant of a grotty apartment, worried about landlords taking you to the cleaners for spilling tea on the carpet or making minuscule holes in the walls to pin up framed pics.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Sep 26, 2008
Sounds of shakuhachi
A kikazu Nakamura, an award-winning shakuhachi flute player who has performed in more than 150 cities around the world, will hold a recital in Tokyo on Oct. 28.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Aug 31, 2008
Is yours a sweet and eco-friendly home?
After hearing all the talk about climate change and global warming, many of us are now aware that we need to change our lifestyle in the battle to stop our planet from being a far less agreeable place to live.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Aug 31, 2008
Why is Japan lagging in solar-energy field?
In the renewable energy industry, how does Japan compare with the rest of the world?
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT
Aug 31, 2008
Living a clean, green life
Sporting a smart, modern exterior, the home of Keiko and Yoshiyuki Shimizu and their children Ayano, 13, and Haruki, 11, in a residential area of Kawasaki, south of Tokyo in Kanagawa Prefecture, is full of fun features inside. The three- story house has a grassy garden on its flat roof, where you can...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT
Aug 31, 2008
'Backyard naturalist' finds it fun to be green
Tadashi Nemoto's home in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, is proof that you don't need lots of expensive equipment to enjoy an ecological lifestyle.
Japan Times
LIFE / WEEK 3
Jul 20, 2008
Temporary arrangements
Akio Watanabe knows what a dead end feels like.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Jul 11, 2008
Classic songs for summer
Greg Irwin, one of very few foreign singer-songwriters of classic Japanese songs, particularly doyo (children's songs) in English, will perform two shows in Shibuya on July 18.
LIFE / Lifestyle
Jul 8, 2008
How green are Japan's urbanites?
The Group of Eight summit began Monday at the Windsor Hotel Toya, an exquisite, maximum- security resort in Hokkaido. There, the world's top leaders are holed up in conference rooms, trying to strike last-minute deals on various global issues, the most disputed of all being climate change.

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