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For David Larking's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Oct 29, 2000

Wallabies romp past President's XV squad

The Australian Wallabies rugby union team ended a credible effort by the President's XV -- a selection of Japanese and international players -- at Chichibunomiya Stadium in Tokyo on Saturday, with the world champions running out winners 64-13. The 10 try to one romp was ...

Sep 5, 2000

One hostess's whirlwind tour: nothing she'd care to repeat

Brigid came to Japan from Australia on a holiday visa expecting to spend three months talking to sleazy men in hostess clubs -- but in a safe and supportive work environment where the remuneration made it all worthwhile. While it may sound naive, that was ...

Jul 28, 2000

Quick-change teens strut 'visual music'

When Naoko Kamui leaves home on Sunday mornings, her parents have little idea of how their 14-year-old daughter will spend the day. Certainly, they would not recognize her among the hundreds of youth who flock to Tokyo's Harajuku every Sunday. Having left home wearing the ...

Jun 18, 2000

Australian Rules militia invades Japan

Speak to an Englishman and football can only mean soccer. An American immediately dreams of the pigskin and the glory of the Super Bowl. For a Kiwi, of course, it's the scream of the Haka and the mighty All Blacks of Rugby Union fame. ...

May 10, 2000

Postcards from the flip side of Japan

Think of the antithesis of Japan. A place where there are few people, an abundance of unspoiled natural beauty, a low standard of living and, perhaps most importantly for the visitor, sparkling blue oceans teeming with fish and alive with coral reefs. Japan -- one ...