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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:

After-school clubs falling short as more moms work

| Mar 17, 2014

After-school clubs falling short as more moms work

Working parents in Japan not only face long waiting lists when they want to enroll their children in day care centers, they also find themselves looking at equally long lists for "gakudo," or after-school clubs, when their children take the next step and enter ...

Feb 5, 2014

Chronic fatigue plagues nursing staff nationwide

Over 70 percent of nursing staff suffer from chronic fatigue, and 75.2 percent thought about quitting their job, according to a nationwide survey of workers in the nursing field. The survey, conducted by the Japan Federation of Medical Workers' Unions, showed that the work environment ...

| Jan 29, 2014

Flu menace again reaching peak

While this year's influenza season is predicted to peak around early February, anybody of any age group, sex or nationality is at risk of infection all the way through March. While 210,000 children under age 10 accounted for almost a third of the 660,000 flu ...

/ Jan 16, 2014

Tsukuba team uncovers asthma-intestine mechanism

A team of researchers from the University of Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture has found a mechanism in which bad bacteria within mice intestines exacerbates asthma, fueling hope it can lead to a treatment for asthma in humans. The team, headed by Akira Shibuya, a professor ...

Simple tests fill health-check gaps

| Dec 30, 2013

Simple tests fill health-check gaps

Although health checkups are often mandatory for corporate or institutional employees, some segments of society, including housewives and the self-employed, may not have this option. In a country where cancer is rife but screening rates are hovering between 20 and 30 percent, according to the ...