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Anastasia Moloney
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The Monrovia NSU Challenger bulk carrier transits the expanded canal through the Cocoli Locks of the Panama Canal in April 2023.
ENVIRONMENT / Sustainability
Mar 22, 2024
'We all need water': Panama's canal, and people, thirst for more
A severe drought last year caused water levels in Gatun Lake, which provides drinking water and is the main reservoir for the canal, to fall.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 5, 2023
Are AI chatbots in courts putting justice at risk?
Supporters saying the tech say it can streamline court processes while critics warn it runs the risk bias and injustice.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 22, 2023
In Puerto Rico, solar power microgrids boost hurricane resilience
When Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico and decimated the Caribbean island's power grid five years ago, the lights stayed on in one building in the mountain town of Adjuntas.
Japan Times
WORLD
Nov 11, 2022
How 'chief heat officers' keep cities cool as the world warms
The role is focused on protecting vulnerable residents — mainly women, the elderly and low-income communities — from rising temperatures.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 23, 2022
In Ecuador's Amazon, youth take up the fight against oil pollution
For decades, local Indigenous people, farming communities, environmental rights activists and lawyers have said flaring causes serious damage to the environment and health.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 3, 2022
As forest threats loom, Amazon guardians organize as 'minigovernments'
The indigenous council CITMA and four other indigenous territories have been granted government recognition, covering about 25,000 people living in three Amazon provinces.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 22, 2021
U.S. abortion curbs: Fearing business impact, companies speak out
Once seen as a religious, women's rights and health issue, abortion is becoming a badge for a company's commitment to gender equality and workplace diversity.
Japan Times
WORLD / ANALYSIS
Sep 7, 2021
Two years on, forest pact's 'good intentions' do little to protect Amazon
Pledges have remained largely unfulfilled, with scant evidence of up-and-running forest protection and restoration efforts as a direct result of the pact, critics say.
Japan Times
WORLD
Aug 1, 2021
Colombian city plants 'green corridors' to beat rising heat
The measure in Medellin, funded by city hall, is aimed at helping provide a cooler environment for its residents.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 8, 2021
Amazon deforestation rose 17% in 'dire' 2020, data shows
The loss of primary forest — the clearing of old-growth, intact forest for the first time — hit its third-highest annual total on record since 2000, reaching 2.3 million hectares.
Japan Times
WORLD
Nov 12, 2020
Indigenous leaders count on Biden to help save Amazon from 'brink of collapse'
Biden's election as the next U.S. leader, replacing climate change skeptic Donald Trump, has raised expectations that conserving the rainforest will get greater attention and priority.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 24, 2020
A decade after U.N.-linked cholera outbreak, Haitians demand justice
In the middle of a coronavirus pandemic, it is another, more deadly disease that keeps 20-year-old Haitian Loubean Jean up at night — cholera.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 28, 2019
As the climate shifts, Central America confronts a deadly dengue outbreak
Central America is grappling with its worst outbreak of dengue fever in decades — and scientists say the disease is likely to spread and become more frequent in the future due to climate change.

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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