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Cesar Chelala
Cesar Chelala, MD, PhD, is an international public health consultant for several UN agencies, and a writer on human rights, medical and foreign policy issues. He is a winner of an Overseas Press Club of America Award. His articles have been published in more than 70 countries worldwide.
For Cesar Chelala's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 12, 2016
The huge public impact of domestic violence
Domestic violence against women is so widespread that it has become a global public health issue.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 11, 2016
Is microcephaly caused by Zika or pesticides?
Microcephaly in children may have a multicausal origin.
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 23, 2016
Beware the hazards of cosmetic surgery
Plastic surgery is hugely popular the world over, but when it goes wrong the results can be catastrophic.
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 6, 2015
Chinese women should beware of C-sections
Chinese women are giving birth via cesarean section in huge numbers despite the higher cost and potentially harmful consequences.
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 12, 2015
WHO'S dubious claims on processed meats
The WHO report classifying processed meats as a Group 1 carcinogen falls short on many levels.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 3, 2015
The sad plight of China's left-behind children
China's decision to end its one-child policy will probably complicate an already difficult situation for children who are left behind when their parents migrate to cities in search of work.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 2, 2015
Benjamin Netanyahu's bid to rewrite history
Benjamin Netanyahu's recent falsehoods on the origins of the Holocaust are not the first time his words conflict with historical facts.
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 27, 2015
Serious challenges hamper ambitious Russia
Russia has daunting domestic problems that must be effectively addressed if the country aims to develop at the rate that its considerable resources allow.
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 16, 2015
The perverse rise of autonomous killer robots
By allowing killer robots to make life-and death decisions we remove people's responsibility for their actions and eliminate accountability.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 14, 2015
Israel's house demolitions a human rights abuse
Israel's practice of demolishing the homes of Palestinians has no deterrent value and denies their residents the basic right to live in peace.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 24, 2015
Cultural treasures are also victims of conflict
Of the 1,007 known World Heritage sites, 48 are now in danger of being destroyed due to military conflict.
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 22, 2015
Messi without peer anywhere in the world
No soccer player in the world can rival Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, not even the great Cristiano Ronaldo.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Aug 15, 2015
Abe is wrong to rush toward militarization
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to militarization could have dangerous unforeseen consequences for peace in the Asia-Pacific region.
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 27, 2015
Diabetes epidemic taking a heavy toll on Russia
Diabetes is posing an increasing health threat in Russia as the obesity rate grows.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 13, 2015
Reducing the health risks of electronic devices
The best way to avoid some of the negative effects of portable electronic devices such as cellphones is to use them in moderation and to store them far away from the body.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 26, 2015
Deconstructing GOP candidate Donald Trump
Donald Trump's announcement of his candidacy for the U.S. presidency is a testament to the vagaries of the capitalist system and the unpredictable turns of history.
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 20, 2015
The secret to Lionel Messi's soccer success
Lionel Messi is widely considered to be one of the greatest soccer players of all time, but what is the secret to his success?
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 17, 2015
Twelve years on, Iraq's nightmare continues
Iraqis are experiencing far greater difficulties now than they ever did under Saddam Hussein.
COMMENTARY / World
May 25, 2015
China's unaddressed mental health problems
The Chinese government must take steps to deal with the country's mental health crisis.
COMMENTARY / World
May 11, 2015
Why Germany should pay reparations to Greece
Both the law and fairness suggest that Germany should pay Greece additional war reparations.

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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