Nita Bhalla
Road signage near Mai Mahiu, Kenya
Oct 16, 2023
Mental trauma: African content moderators push Big Tech on rights
Thousands are hired to scour social media for graphic content, but many allege irregular pay, union-busting and inadequate mental health support.
Japan Times
Jul 14, 2023
Sudan struggles for attention as violence escalates and human toll grows
With conflict having displaced around 3 million people, aid agencies operating in the country see no end to the deepening crisis.
Japan Times
Jun 9, 2023
World's slum populations set to surge as housing crisis bites
More than half of the world's population lives in cities and towns, so tackling urban poverty and inequality is more urgent than ever before.
Japan Times
WORLD / Society
Sep 24, 2022
Around the world, women are sacrificing their health to shield families from spiking costs
From Kenya and Lebanon to Sri Lanka and Britain, rising living costs triggered by the Ukraine war and the COVID-19 pandemic are widening gender inequalities, say women's rights campaigners.
Japan Times
Nov 2, 2021
With funds short, African nations weigh green energy switch and fossil fuel cash
Nations are tapping new oil fields and approving new pipelines — and coal giants like South Africa are finding backing away from an old staple challenging.
Japan Times
May 20, 2021
'We are waiting to die': Hope fades after India halts vaccine exports
The move has hampered plans for the protection for millions of poorer people around the world caught in the pandemic.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jun 26, 2020
Africa's unsung army of women wage war on coronavirus
Front-line community health workers are often unpaid despite long being responsible for educating communities about safety and preventative practices.
Japan Times
Aug 21, 2016
Justice elusive for slain aid workers worldwide
In a massacre that shocked the world's humanitarian community, 17 aid workers were killed a decade ago outside their office in northeast Sri Lanka — executed at point-blank range with automatic weapons in one of the worst attacks on humanitarians.
Japan Times
Jun 19, 2015
Some of the world's cities take baby steps to protect women
Going out for dinner and not sure which area would be safer at night for a woman traveling on her own? Want to track your daughter to ensure she gets back from college safely?


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan