For Nina LARSON's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Myanmar's military high ranking officials attend a ceremony to mark the country's 78th Armed Forces Day in Naypyidaw on Wednesday.
Mar 28, 2024
Myanmar army behind Facebook pages spewing hate speech: U.N. probe
In 2021, Rohingya refugees sued Facebook for $150 billion (¥22.6 trillion), claiming it had failed to stem the hate speech directed against them.
Migrants plead with the Texas National Guard to be let through to the U.S. side of the Rio Grande on in El Paso, Texas, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on Wednesday.
WORLD / Society
Mar 22, 2024
Anti-migrant rhetoric surging ahead of elections worldwide, U.N. warns
With around half the global population due to go to the polls in 2024, migrants were "easy" targets, the United Nations' migration chief has said.
Ethnic Uyghurs protest against China in Istanbul on July 5.
Jan 23, 2024
China to face rare scrutiny on rights record in U.N. review
The Universal Periodic Review is an examination all 193 U.N. member states must undergo every four to five years to assess their human rights record.
Displaced Palestinians gather in the yard of Gaza's Shifa hospital on Dec. 10.
WORLD / Society
Dec 22, 2023
No functional hospitals left in northern Gaza, WHO says
Of Gaza's original 36 hospitals, only nine are now partially functional, all of them in the south.
Rescuers gather on Thursday amid the rubble of buildings damaged or leveled in flash floods after a Mediterranean storm hit the eastern Libyan city of Derna.
WORLD / Society
Sep 15, 2023
Most Libya flood casualties could have been avoided, U.N. says
With better functioning coordination in the country, the human toll could have been far smaller, the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization has said.
Sheep rest under a starry night in Pontimia Pasture in the Swiss Alps.
Aug 25, 2023
Crying wolf to save livestock and their predator
Preservation groups have hailed the return of wolves, seeing it as a sign of a healthier ecosystem. But breeders decry soaring attacks on livestock.
Japan Times
Jun 18, 2023
Amid melting glaciers, Swiss to vote on new climate law
Recent opinion polls indicate strong support for the proposed law, which would require Switzerland to slash its dependence on imported oil and gas.
Japan Times
May 30, 2023
Critics say pandemic treaty text is 'step backward'
Changes to the preliminary negotiating text are seen as weakening language on preventing the rampant inequality seen in access to vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
May 5, 2023
WHO weighs whether to lift COVID-19 emergency status
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus listed a slew of concerns, including the fact that efforts to track how the virus spreads and mutates have 'declined significantly.'
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Apr 22, 2023
The researchers aiming to foresee — and prevent — war
The goal is to create a system for anticipating events years and even decades in advance — and then advise decision-makers on how to move toward better long-term outcomes.
Japan Times
Apr 7, 2023
'We need to know': WHO says China has more data on COVID-19 origin
More than three years after COVID-19 first surfaced, heated debate still rages around the origins of the pandemic.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Apr 4, 2023
Infertility affects 1 in 6 worldwide, WHO estimates
The global health body found little variation between regions and wealthy and poorer countries.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 23, 2022
Urgency lacking as tuberculosis passes COVID-19 as biggest killer
Around 5% of the 9.5 million people who contract TB each year are resistant to commonly prescribed antibiotics, making them difficult to treat.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Sep 13, 2022
50 million people stuck in 'modern slavery,' U.N. says
The number of people caught up in forced labor or forced marriage ballooned by 10 million between 2016 and 2021, according to a new report.


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