Mayumi Saito

For Mayumi Saito's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Apr 7, 2000

You've come a long way, baby

Their faces may be swollen and their noses might get bloodied, but Japanese female boxers have no intention of stepping out of the ring. A year after the formation of the Japan Women's Boxing Association, the sport has grown rapidly in popularity. An increasing ...

Mar 1, 2000

Low-cost cruises are reeling them in

Singapore-based Star Cruises, the leading ocean cruise line in the Asia-Pacific region, is enjoying an overwhelming response after it recently announced the operation of low-priced luxury cruises. The foreign carrier's Japan-based cruises operate casinos on the open sea, which is not allowed on Japanese-owned vessels. The ...

Feb 1, 2000

Dance craze swinging into action

The 1996 hit movie "Shall We Dance?" has helped the Japanese appreciate the charm of ballroom dancing. Yet despite the surging popularity of dance schools across the country, social dance continues to play a minor role in the local nightlife. Now, some devotees are ...