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Ava Benny-Morrison
For Ava Benny-Morrison's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Demonstrators hold signs protesting Jeffrey Epstein as he awaits arraignment in the Southern District of New York on charges of sex trafficking of minors in 2019. While Epstein died by suicide that same year in a Manhattan prison cell before he could stand trial, his crimes have continued to resonate across Wall Street.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Jan 4, 2024
Confidential Jeffrey Epstein documents unsealed in New York
Many of the people whose names will be unsealed are already known to have associated with the disgraced financier, and some have been named in similar litigation as well.
Former FTX chief executive Sam Bankman-Fried leaves Manhattan federal court in New York in January.
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Nov 4, 2023
Swift FTX case vindicates prosecution ‘need for speed’
ON Thursday, the jury took only a few hours to convict Sam Bankman-Fried of treating FTX as his personal piggy bank.
Caroline Ellison (left), former chief executive officer of Alameda Research LLC, exits court in New York on Tuesday. Her ex-boyfriend and former boss, FTX Co-Founder Sam Bankman-Fried, is charged with seven counts of fraud and money laundering following the collapse of his cryptocurrency empire last year.
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 11, 2023
Sam Bankman-Fried's ex says he directed her to commit crimes
In her first day of testimony, Caroline Ellison, 28, portrayed Sam Bankman-Fried as the brains behind fraudulent operations at FTX.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 13, 2022
Sam Bankman-Fried arrested in Bahamas as U.S. files FTX charges
Bankman-Fried is being held in custody pending an extradition process, the island nationu2019s attorney general, Ryan Pinder, said in a statement.
Reader Mail
Dec 2, 2007
Whale hunt reinforces stereotype
I've always believed that each nationality has the same capacity for good and bad. Previous generations of English and Americans have portrayed the Japanese as coldhearted people with little concern for the suffering of others. In my family this was partly a result of experiences in Japanese prisoner-of-war camps during World War II. I still believe, though, that with the same history and circumstances any race would behave in a similar manner.
Reader Mail
Sep 16, 2007
Poor sense of visitor comfort
Regarding a recent article on promoting tourism to Japan: It is true that Kyoto is struggling with how to change itself into one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. I think one reason Kyoto is not a popular travel destination is that the quality of people who professionally deal with foreign tourists is not well developed. The saddest thing I've noticed, for example, is that a lot of tour guides for foreign travelers still use the word "gaijin" when referring to foreigners. For some foreigners, that word sounds very offensive and racist.
Reader Mail
Aug 26, 2007
'Greatest evil' is not apparent
Despite preliminary testing in the New Mexican desert, I think it is fair to say that no one could possibly have fully understood the horror of an atomic blast -- especially a detonation over an urban area -- before it was actually done in August 1945. This undermines all anti-atomic bomb arguments that feature the barbarism and the absolute ethical horror of it.
Reader Mail
Aug 19, 2007
Asashoryu shows hypocrisy
What cheek! Asashoryu wins the Nagoya basho (for his 21st grand sumo tournament victory), then spurns his loyal fans in eastern Japan by telling everyone that injuries prevent him from participating in the August tour. Then he summarily flies to Mongolia and plays in a soccer match, allowing a television crew to film just how sick he is!?

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Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves