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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:
Japan Times
JAPAN / PREFECTURAL FARE
Nov 30, 2002
Representative office gives visitors hands-on approach to Yamanashi
The Yamanashi Prefectural Trade and Tourist Center in Tokyo's Minami-Azabu district is trying to offer more than just tasty delights and souvenir crafts.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 9, 2002
Social responsibility a safe investment
One Akiyama thrived in the fast-paced, high-stakes world of finance for 18 years, working as a U.S. government bond trader for several brokerages in Tokyo and New York. Until about a year ago.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 27, 2002
Canada program offers help to isolated parents
A group of child-care experts is offering help to mothers in Japan via a Canadian parent-education program aimed at building self-esteem and creating a supportive network of friends, families and experts.
Japan Times
JAPAN / BABY BUST
Sep 21, 2002
Isolation poses major danger to modern mothers
Yumi, the mother of a 17-month-old girl in Tokyo, said she started feeling the burden of raising a child even before she became a mom.
JAPAN
Sep 19, 2002
Baby-products firm pushes male child-care leave
In a society where raising a child is perceived as more of a burden than a joy, what can a corporation do to change this mind-set?
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 18, 2002
Trying to learn from failure suddenly all the rage
Isatsugu Sugahara, president of leading box-lunch caterer Tamagoya Co., runs his fingers across a stained, worn-out calendar, looking for a little circle he drew years ago. His fingers stop at May 12, 1982, the day his life changed forever.
JAPAN
Aug 26, 2002
Convention eyes mental illness stigma
YOKOHAMA -- Mental health experts at an international convention of psychiatry here on Sunday stressed the need to eliminate the stigma attached to and discrimination faced by people with schizophrenia and their families.
Japan Times
JAPAN / MUSEUM MUSINGS
Aug 24, 2002
Taro Okamoto museum throws open artist's inner sanctum
Even to those who are clueless when it comes to art and culture, the name Taro Okamoto will probably ring a bell. After all, the late avant-garde artist was responsible for the famous statement "Geijutsu wa bakuhatsu da!" ("Art is an explosion!")
Japan Times
JAPAN / WEEKEND WISDOM
Jul 28, 2002
Tokyo planetary science professor doubles as ramen guru
Although the fields of extraterrestrial activity and ramen may seem to be worlds apart, these disparate subjects have provided one Japanese academic with widespread recognition.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 26, 2002
Accused train gropers sometimes victims?
On the morning of April 13, 1999, freelance writer Naoki Ito was on a rush-hour train in Tokyo, heading home after working all night. Just after the train left Ikebukuro Station, a high school girl turned to him, grabbed him by the wrist and said, "Cut it out."
JAPAN
Jul 16, 2002
New preventive tack may relegate drills, pliers to the trash can
Within a decade, the day may come when people will be spared the pain of having bad teeth extracted or cavities drilled. In fact, bad teeth may become a thing of the past.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 18, 2002
SIDS diagnoses seen as malpractice cover
In June 1999, Shinobu and Shinya Ishii took their 4-month-old son, Mahiro, to a municipally run hospital in the city of Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, for treatment of bronchitis, and were told he would be released after a week or less of care.
JAPAN
Jun 18, 2002
Diagnostic options seen skewed by dearth of autopsies, probes
Recent controversy over a diagnosis of sudden infant death syndrome has exposed deep-rooted divisions among Japan's SIDS researchers.
Japan Times
JAPAN / MUSEUM MUSINGS
May 18, 2002
Pieces at Tokyo furniture museum all miniature history lessons: curator
A piece of furniture speaks volumes about history, lifestyles and people's sense of beauty, according to Masashi Saito, curator of the Furniture Museum in Tokyo's Harumi district.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 15, 2002
Koto moves to stem resident boom
As many areas of central Tokyo try to woo new residents, Koto Ward is taking the opposite tack and virtually begging developers to stop constructing new apartment complexes.
JAPAN
May 15, 2002
Pricey Chiyoda Ward offers housing subsidies
In stark contrast to Koto Ward's moves to curb its rising population, Chiyoda Ward last month began offering rent subsidies to eligible residents.
Japan Times
JAPAN / WEEKEND WISDOM
May 12, 2002
Former top executive attempts to save Japan Inc. with ethics
What is the root cause of corporate failure?
JAPAN
May 9, 2002
McDonald's joins stampede toward personalized marketing
Ltd. revealed its plans to launch a new e-shopping venture targeting users of cellular phones and personal computers. While the e-business entry by the fast-food giant underscores the huge potential of the sector, some experts believe consumers need to be aware that greater convenience carries with it privacy risks.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 8, 2002
Info brokers have got your number, among other things
In the spring of 1999, Haruo Tanaka (not his real name) became interested in buying a condominium and visited several showrooms in Tokyo. Each time, he was asked to fill out a questionnaire. He provided his name, age, address and phone number as well as his annual income.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 3, 2002
Vacated banks seeing new tenants
At an intersection in Tokyo's Nihonbashi financial district, a wholesale supermarket with a bright yellow sign and outdoor fruit bins draws the curious eyes of people passing by.

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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