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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.
For Tomoko Otake's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
BUSINESS
Jul 28, 2004
Panel looks to scrap NTT line fee by 2010
The 72,800 yen upfront fee charged to land-based telephone line subscribers should be phased out by fiscal 2010, a telecommunications ministry panel said in a report released Tuesday.
BUSINESS
Jul 27, 2004
Like NTT phone fee, line brokers face extinction
Kanji in the window of a three-story building near JR Okachimachi Station in central Tokyo advertise "denwa tokubai" (discounted telephone lines).
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 24, 2004
Film shows war's China legacy
The listless face of a 27-year-old woman tending cafeteria tables all day long, seven days a week. The incessant, violent coughs of a retired doctor who has not had a good night's sleep in 17 years.
JAPAN / BY THE NUMBERS
Jul 22, 2004
Forex trading is a popular but risky business
Once considered the exclusive realm of the wealthy and the reckless, foreign-exchange trading is now being touted as accessible to everyone even though it is still a high-risk game.
Japan Times
JAPAN / ELECTION '04
Jul 7, 2004
Net-based campaigning still long way off
Candidates vying for House of Councilors seats in Sunday's election will not have the luxury of updating their positions or activities via the popular medium of the Internet.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 29, 2004
Stay-at-home sales agents cash in on Internet revolution
Housewife Tomoko Kobayashi puts on her Web businesswoman's hat at 9 a.m., after all her morning chores are out of the way.
Features
Jun 13, 2004
Shaking off 'shame'
In a civilized society, people should not be scared to talk about their ailments -- especially when the illness may have been contracted from medical product infected with a potentially fatal virus.
Japan Times
Uncategorized
Jun 4, 2004
Insatiable thirst for English boosts language schools
You have probably come across a goofy rabbit waving a flag, a grim-faced businessman looking upward into the sky, or a smiling trio comprising a Japanese and two foreigners giving the thumbs up.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 3, 2004
Foreigners dominate used-vehicle export trade in Japan
KOSHIGAYA, Saitama Pref. -- There is a bleep, pictures of cars pop up on two big screens, and meters show prices rising.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 26, 2004
Forum highlights human-trafficking menace in EU
The May 1 expansion of the European Union was hailed as an economic boost for Europe, yet there is a dark side to this story.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 26, 2004
Forum highlights human-trafficking menace in EU
The May 1 expansion of the European Union was hailed as an economic boost for Europe, yet there is a dark side to this story.
JAPAN
May 14, 2004
Hospitals tied to HCV fiasco to be mostly named before '05
The health ministry said Thursday it will disclose the names of all 7,004 hospitals believed to have stocked blood products contaminated with the hepatitis C virus -- but not until year's end.
JAPAN
May 5, 2004
Chinese here feel sting of prejudice
Huang Tianshu came to Japan from China five years ago, hoping to learn more about the language and culture of her peers at a China subsidiary of a Kobe-based car navigation system manufacturer, where she worked for six years after graduating from college.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 5, 2004
Language schools fight image war
Students at the Japanese-language school Tokyo Nichigo Gakuin are encouraged to speak their minds, and to do so as fluently as possible.
JAPAN
May 5, 2004
Chinese here feel sting of prejudice
Huang Tianshu came to Japan from China five years ago, hoping to learn more about the language and culture of her peers at a China subsidiary of a Kobe-based car navigation system manufacturer, where she worked for six years after graduating from college.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 5, 2004
Language schools fight image war
Students at the Japanese-language school Tokyo Nichigo Gakuin are encouraged to speak their minds, and to do so as fluently as possible.
JAPAN / TALKING SHOP
Apr 26, 2004
Diagrams help equity investment pro when words get jumbled
Where there is a diagram, there is a way.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 1, 2004
Death prompts revolving-door closures, safety inspections
Building owners in major cities around the nation are suspending use of revolving doors and checking them for safety following the death last week of a 6-year-old boy at the Roppongi Hills complex in Tokyo and revelations that 32 similar accidents have taken place at the site since it opened last April.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 27, 2004
Hemophiliac targets hepatitis C blunders
A hemophiliac who achieved fame through his dogged fight to make the government accountable for the use of HIV-tainted blood products is picking a fight again, this time over Tokyo's handling of hepatitis C.
JAPAN
Mar 27, 2004
Tension mounts before MLB hits Tokyo Dome
It was business as usual Friday afternoon at Tokyo Dome -- high school boys checking out baseball memorabilia at a store, mother-toddler pairs munching away at a fast food joint near the stadium gates.

Longform

Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on