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Mami Maruko

Staff writer Mami Maruko writes stories about the international community in Japan, including profiles of Tokyo-based ambassadors and international marriages. She received education in Japan, England and the U.S. She graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London, with a masters degree in Theater Arts.

For Mami Maruko's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Mar 13, 2015

Todai sounds plagiarism alarm with rare cheating report

In a rare move, the University of Tokyo, Komaba, locally known as Todai, has reported that one of its students plagiarized a term report using information from the Internet. It was the first time the prestigious school has openly reported a cheating student. The university ...

/ Feb 27, 2015

Bunkyo plans measures to aid sexual minorities

Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward will consider measures relating to sexual minorities by March 2016, a ward official said, following a recent proposal by Shibuya Ward to issue certificates recognizing same-sex unions. The measures have yet to be decided, and while it remains to be seen whether ...

Feb 26, 2015

NPO aims to recycle hotel soap to help poor nations

A nonprofit organization plans to collect unused soap from upscale Tokyo hotels and recycle it into bars for use in the developing world, and is currently seeking funds to buy the equipment it needs. On Feb. 15, the Global Soap Project, a United States-based nonprofit ...

/ Feb 20, 2015

Officials pull plug on teacher survey about LGBT students

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government's Education Bureau has halted an independent survey of how junior high and high schools cater to sexual minorities, citing problems with some of the questions. The organizers, a group calling itself Respect Life: White Ribbon Campaign, mailed questionnaires to staff at ...

/ Feb 4, 2015

Malware targets users seeking info on Islamic State group

Sophisticated computer malware has been infecting computers when users visit certain blogs that discuss the Islamic State militant group. The Tokyo-based Cyber Defense Institute said Wednesday that several Arabic-language blogs offering apparently independent analysis of issues around the Islamic State contain hidden code which gets ...

Venerable Children's Castle in Tokyo set to close after 30 years

Jan 30, 2015

Venerable Children's Castle in Tokyo set to close after 30 years

After 30 years, Kodomo-no-shiro (National Children's Castle), the venerable children's arts and sports complex in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward, is set to shut its doors. "I'm really sad it's closing," Hiroko Ogura from neighboring Setagaya Ward said last Friday as she and her 2-year-old daughter Hanaki ...

Japanese at higher risk of kidnap, analyst says

Jan 29, 2015

Japanese at higher risk of kidnap, analyst says

As the latest Islamic State deadline ticked closer on Thursday, one analyst said the Abe administration's response to the hostage crisis may leave other Japanese at risk of being kidnapped as political extremists and profiteers now see them as easy prey. Nobuhiko Suto, an international ...