Thin Lei Win
For Thin Lei Win's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
Jan 14, 2021
Africa's Great Green Wall aims for fresh growth spurt after sluggish start
About a quarter of the Earth's land area is in a bad condition due to natural processes such as erosion and human practices like deforestation and overgrazing, scientists say.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Nov 11, 2020
G20 countries still backing fossil fuels through COVID-19 response
Despite repeated pledges to end subsidies for oil, gas and coal, G20 governments continue to fund fossil fuels, with the COVID-19 crisis doing little to change that, a new report says.
Japan Times
Feb 17, 2020
Climate change to open up 'frontier' farmland, but experts urge caution
Kenya’s livestock herders planting chile peppers, Pakistan’s mountain farmers rearing fish and tropical fruits being grown in Sicily — farmers around the world are already shifting what they grow and breed to cope with rising temperatures and erratic weather.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Nov 7, 2019
Beyond vegan burgers: Next-generation protein may come from air, methane and volcanic springs
It may sound like science fiction, but in a few short years the family dinner table may be laden with steak from a printer and other proteins produced from air, methane or volcanic microbes.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 28, 2018
From obese to starving, nutrition crisis prompts SOS call for new approach
With billions of people either starving or obese, poor diets have become a leading cause of disease and death, prompting calls for a new approach in 2019 to how food is produced to stem rising rates of malnutrition.
Japan Times
Nov 30, 2018
Iceland harnesses hot springs to power year-round farming
For half the year, the temperature on Pall Olafsson's remote farm in Iceland often dips below freezing and the sun barely makes an appearance.
Jan 2, 2018
Can agriculture stem its effects on climate in 2018?
After Rene Castro-Salazar attended the first U.N.-led climate talks in Berlin in 1985 as Costa Rica's environment and energy minister, he tried to talk about agriculture and climate change — but few wanted to join the conversation.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History / FOCUS
Dec 12, 2014
Hiroshima survivor tracks down POW victims for posterity
Every weekend for more than 20 years, Shigeaki Mori sat in the hallway of his compact two-story home making calls to people in the United States, asking, "Do you have a family member who died as a prisoner of war in Japan?"


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