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For Emi Ikeda's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Stylist's hair-donation program provides wigs for kids

Sep 29, 2015

Stylist's hair-donation program provides wigs for kids

Beauty salon worker Kiichi Watanabe believes the best way he can contribute to society as a hairdresser is by fitting wigs made of human hair to children who have none. Watanabe, 44, founded the nonprofit organization Japan Hair Donation & Charity, or JHDAC, in Osaka ...

Gardener wins award for re-creating Monet garden in Kochi

Sep 17, 2015

Gardener wins award for re-creating Monet garden in Kochi

Yutaka Kawakami knew hardly anything about Claude Monet until 12 years ago, but the 53-year-old has now won a French award for his re-creation of the painter's cherished garden. "It's my personality and I just couldn't give up easily," the 53-year-old said of the difficulty ...

Aug 19, 2010

Corporate social responsibility

On Aug. 4, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, the second and third richest men in the world, announced that 40 American billionaires had followed their lead in pledging to give half of their fortunes to charity. They plan to turn their efforts next to ...

Aug 4, 2010

Mr. Kan addresses budget panel

As deliberations in an extraordinary session of the Diet started, Prime Minister Naoto Kan for the first time spoke as prime minister in the Lower House Budget Committee, the most important and powerful committee in the Diet. He said Cabinet members, members of the ...

May 16, 2010

What is next for Nigeria?

The transition of power since the death of Nigerian President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua has been swift and efficient. Vice President Goodluck Jonathan, sworn in a day after the president's passing, declared a week of mourning for his predecessor. It is unclear if Mr. Jonathan ...

May 14, 2010

Rare finding of negligence

The Tokyo District Court on May 11 found Mr. Toshihiro Kobayashi, former president of gas water heater maker Paloma Industries Ltd., and Mr. Wataru Kamatsuka, former chief quality control officer of the company, guilty of causing the death of an 18-year-old university student and ...