Emilio Parodi
A police officer handles money seized during an operation against 'Ndrangheta in this photo taken at an unknown location in Italy on Sept. 6.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
May 8, 2024
Italy's mafia forgoes extortion, turns to white-collar crime
With extortion rackets falling out of fashion and murders largely frowned upon by the godfathers, Italy's mafia is venturing into white-collar crime.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Apr 1, 2022
Governments want COVID vaccine-makers to aim higher in hunt for better shots
Some health officials question the motivation of the firms that developed first-generation COVID-19 shots to find vaccines offering much broader and longer-lasting protection.
Japan Times
Jul 14, 2021
Data gaps hinder European efforts to assess Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine
Approval delays could allow rival vaccine-makers to sew up key markets.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health / FOCUS
Dec 27, 2020
How a British COVID-19 vaccine went from pole position to troubled start
A review of records and interviews with scientists and industry figures gives a detailed account of what went wrong with the Oxford-AstraZeneca study.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 4, 2020
COVID-19 long-term toll signals billions in health care costs ahead
Late in March, Laura Gross, 72, was recovering from gall bladder surgery in her Fort Lee, New Jersey, home when she became sick again.
Reader Mail
Dec 28, 2008
Opportunity to help children
Recently the focus of actress Aoi Miyazaki on the problem of trafficked children has been a wonderful way to get the attention of so many who can help. As a resident of San Francisco, I personally would like to volunteer my own efforts in this work. Hundreds, even thousands of us, who live around the...
Reader Mail
Dec 11, 2008
Don't call it a surprise attack
Regarding the Dec. 8 editorial "Remember Pearl Harbor": I agree with the details of the editorial, but allow me to warn that even the Japanese subterfuge of breaking off negotiations at the time should not obscure the fact that the public and U.S. military in Hawaii were at least aware of the imminent...
Reader Mail
Oct 5, 2008
Japan Inc. meeting challenges
I have to disagree with some of Gregory Clark's comments at the end of his Sept. 21 article, "The Japanese knack for choking in a slump," as they seem out of touch with the Japanese business community that I see.


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