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Mick Corliss
For Mick Corliss's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
JAPAN / MUSEUM MUSINGS
May 25, 2002
Museum offers its visitors hands-on experience for drumming up a storm
On the fourth floor of a small building near the Sumida River in old-town Tokyo, people are making a racket in Megumi Ochi's museum.
JAPAN / WHALE WATCHING
May 19, 2002
IWC talks crucial, U.S. official says
The international whaling meeting that opens Monday is the most important in 15 years, and its outcome is as hard to predict as it is significant, according to the head of the U.S. delegation.
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT
May 19, 2002
Where kujira cuisine is a matter of course
Eating at Taruichi can be a bit daunting. First there's the decor. For those not cowed by the dried, meter-long whale's phallus dangling overhead, the next challenge is the menu.
Japan Times
JAPAN / WHALE WATCHING
May 18, 2002
Arguments of whalers, opponents both have merit, writer believes
Hiroto Kawabata is one of the few people who bring a measure of equanimity to the whaling debate, where knee-jerk reactions are often the rule and reasoned debate the exception.
Japan Times
JAPAN / WHALE WATCHING
May 17, 2002
Ecotoxicologist warns of pollutants hurting whales, dolphins, humans
While whaling experts and negotiators debate the future of whaling, some specialists worry that whale health and the safety of whale meat are not getting enough attention.
Japan Times
JAPAN / WHALE WATCHING
May 16, 2002
Legal mechanism flawed: wildlife expert
Japanese laws are ill-equipped to protect marine mammals and need an overhaul if these animals are to receive attention akin to their terrestrial counterparts, according to a leading wildlife expert.
Japan Times
JAPAN / WHALE WATCHING
May 15, 2002
Greenpeace tweaks strategy to wage more effective antiwhaling campaign
If there is one group that has vociferously carved out an antiwhaling niche -- globally, but especially in Japan -- it is Greenpeace.
Japan Times
JAPAN / WHALE WATCHING
May 14, 2002
Japan seen polishing its harpoons
Japan's official in charge of whaling issues is optimistic that the prowhaling contingent will continue to make inroads at the International Whaling Commission talks in progress in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 14, 2002
Cull whales, avoid waste: researcher
With decades of whale research under his belt, Seiji Ohsumi, director general of the Institute of Cetacean Research, was around when Japan ceased commercial whaling and is now at the forefront of the nation's push to resume the program.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 25, 2002
IWC factions set for annual showdown
Government delegates and experts from prowhaling and antiwhaling nations have gathered in the traditional whaling town of Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, for the Thursday start of the International Whaling Commission's 54th annual conference.
JAPAN
Apr 13, 2002
Environmentalist says Japan should roll out solar energy Marshall Plan
Japan is in a unique position to help promote sustainable development in Asia and in developing countries in the area of solar power, an influential U.S. environmental pundit said in an interview.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 5, 2002
Waseda community makes recycling pay
"Super Oyaji," also known as grocer Junichiro Yasui, has been gaining attention for his green streak -- and it has nothing to do with his produce section.
JAPAN
Feb 17, 2002
Environment activists plan chilly reception for Bush
While the government prepares to roll out the red carpet for U.S. President George W. Bush as he arrives today in Tokyo for his inaugural visit, a collection of nongovernmental groups are planning a less warm welcome.
JAPAN
Feb 3, 2002
Mount Fuji slowly getting warmer
Climate change is causing Japan's mountains to warm faster on average than those in other countries, with the summit of Mount Fuji projected to be slightly warmer within half a century, according to the calculations of one expert.
JAPAN
Jan 20, 2002
Agencies seek help for Aral Sea
When top officials from dozens of nations and international organizations convene in Tokyo on Monday for two days of discussions on the rebuilding of Afghanistan, they may not be aware that their efforts could spark unintended environmental and political side effects, according to experts.
JAPAN / PROTOCOL PURSUIT
Jan 19, 2002
Role of forests seen leading environmental debate
Last of three parts Staff writer Forests are now at the forefront of climate-change debate in Japan.
JAPAN / PROTOCOL PURSUIT
Jan 18, 2002
Emissions-trading plan put on back burner
Staff writer Until recently, trading in carbon dioxide emissions seemed destined for early introduction in Japan. The launch of such a system, however, is being put off as the government postpones key policy decisions to curb global-warming emissions.
JAPAN / PROTOCOL PURSUIT
Jan 17, 2002
Carbon tax stuck in detour to Kyoto
This is the first in a three-part series on Japan's struggles to curb global warming gas emissions. Staff writer The dust is finally settling.
JAPAN
Jan 14, 2002
City in Chiba tries to dig out from illegal dumping
ICHIHARA, Chiba Pref. -- People here see some dramatic shifts in their city's landscape. Like a time-lapse film, valleys are buried, and small mountains are razed only to have new knolls swell up in their place.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 25, 2001
Pollution case could set new precedent
When it comes to air quality, Tokyo is the first and the last.

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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