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For Jun Shimazaki's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Palestinian hip-hop documentary opens in Japan

Film Jan 20, 2014

Palestinian hip-hop documentary opens in Japan

“Hip-hop in Palestine?” the director of the 2008 film “Slingshots Hip Hop” recalls saying to herself when she first learned from a U.S. radio program in 2001 that there was a Palestinian hip-hop group called DAM.

Buy a camel, help a nomad

National Jul 13, 2007

Buy a camel, help a nomad

For anyone with a yen to help out financially strapped Algerian nomads, now's your chance. Alissa Descotes-Toyosaki, a Japanese-French writer and interpreter living in Paris, is offering a "camel owner plan," through which purchasers lend their beasts to Tuareg nomad camel handlers in southern Algeria. She ...