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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
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
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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.
BUSINESS
Mar 27, 2004
Listed firms try to keep faith of investors by bearing gifts
The rationale is simple: If you want investors to hold on to your company's shares, send them gifts.
JAPAN
Mar 12, 2004
Chinese being frozen out of student visa process
Things are looking pretty grim for Chinese students who have their sights set on pursuing their Japanese language studies here.
JAPAN / TALKING SHOP
Mar 1, 2004
Top adman follows foreign peers' lead in speaking off the cuff
Take notes. Lots of them. Every night for years, Koichiro Naganuma, president of Asatsu-DK Inc., the nation's third-largest advertising agency, has written memos on newspaper articles. The nightly routine helps him a great deal -- especially when asked for comments by foreigners.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 17, 2004
New college dedicated to education on parenting
Need parenting tips? Go to college.
JAPAN / LABOR PAINS
Feb 13, 2004
Medical sector faces hard choice amid aging society
As Japan gropes for solutions to the imminent labor shortage amid the rapidly graying population, the failure of a private-sector project to import nurses is a bitter reminder of the hurdles involved in attracting and keeping foreign professionals here.
JAPAN
Feb 13, 2004
Open door sought for foreign caregivers
Should doctors, nurses and masseurs accredited by one country be allowed to practice in another after a bilateral free-trade agreement has been reached?
JAPAN
Feb 12, 2004
Visaless foreigners to be denied national health cover
After the Supreme Court ruled last month that it is illegal to bar visaless foreigners from the national health insurance scheme, the health ministry is mulling the creation of an ordinance to do just that.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 10, 2004
Russian chocolatier steeped in tradition
St. Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and chocolate is occupying the thoughts of many people across the nation.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 22, 2004
Online matchmakers hand ailing truckers a lifeline
Yasunori Fujikura knows the nuts and bolts of the trucking business -- as well as the pain of being behind the wheel in these tough times.
BUSINESS
Jan 15, 2004
Koizumi defends reform efforts
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi went on the defensive Wednesday, denying charges that his administration has been slow to bring about promised economic reforms.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 7, 2004
Workplace nurseries finding fledgling footing
Decor fit for a trendy beauty salon. A breathtaking view of autumn leaves in a sprawling city park.
BUSINESS
Dec 25, 2003
Relief eyed for small firms set to go bust
Help may be on the way at last for small business owners who fear being stripped to nothing if their firms go bust.

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The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan