Mariko Tamura
For Mariko Tamura's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
Apr 18, 2023
Audio-only film on foreign students aims to open audiences' eyes
With no visual aids, viewers must rely on their ability to listen carefully to grasp where the story will lead them. Everyone"s interpretation is different, the director says.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Jul 7, 2022
Record number of women and LGBTQ election hopefuls run to shake up Japan politics
Out of 545 candidates, 181 women are campaigning in the triennial elections, attempting to win one of the 125 seats up for grabs in the 248-seat Upper House.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jul 3, 2022
Japan's consumers asked to accept pricier Philippine bananas
The embassy's unusual request for a price hike was made to the Japan Retailers Association, which includes supermarkets among its members, in early June.
Japan Times
Jun 27, 2020
Asylum seekers in Japan face battle for survival in time of coronavirus
While the Japanese have been individually donating to the Japan Association of Refugees, the NGO is bracing for a decrease in funds.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 13, 2020
Japan's Flower Demo movement takes aim at sexual violence
On the 11th of every month since April 2019, groups of sexual violence victims and their supporters have gathered throughout Japan in public spaces to protest against unjust acquittals of sexual crimes and seek changes to the law.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jan 11, 2020
Spreading the joy of marmalade across the sea from Ehime
Three businesswomen who sell award-winning marmalades made using Ehime's citrus fruits are determined to further raise the fruits' profile abroad while also helping revitalize their hometowns.
Japan Times
Oct 17, 2019
JICA and Kumamoto team up to better cope with prefecture's burgeoning non-Japanese population
The Japan International Cooperation Agency and Kumamoto Prefecture will launch a project next year to train young Japanese to help the prefecture handle its ever-growing population of foreign workers.
Japan Times
Mar 30, 2019
Enter Bunkitsu, more like a gallery than a bookstore
With its pay-to-enter system, eclectic lineup of books and artsy vibe, Bunkitsu shakes up the typical bookstore business model.
Japan Times
Dec 29, 2018
Traditional handmade mochi brings New Year's cheer
"Try our mochi," calls out Nao Sakai at a Tokyo market as she sells rice and rice cakes made at her family's shop in Yamagata Prefecture.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Dec 22, 2018
More than merely matcha, tea marries science and culture
After falling in love with the science and culture behind Japanese tea, Marie Roux made it her goal to impart a deep appreciation for the drink among Japanese youth.


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